‘Where the mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea’.
This is County Down – a wonderful spot for dry stone walls.
Instructed by Andy Loudon (far right) & Jim Hanson (far left) – we build a single skin wall with granite boulders
Granite being igneous & bereft of any bed plane, there is not much use for a chisel to shape this stuff.
Most hefty boulders are set on naked ground
then smaller stones bring the wall up directly to the line
Spaces are jambed
using the diagonal of the boulder to create contact
Manoeuver of large stones by best plank technology
They find their proper resting place with a satisfying clunk
Mourne walls are impressively level, given the rounded nature of granite. Note too the tradition of this area is not to fill voids allowing wind to pass through.
We are pretty pleased with our finished wall.