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18th April
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Into the home stretch on laying stone for the first real wall for the castle project. For what will ultimately be called “the carriage house.” (My shop for cabinetmaking etc during the build phase).


  1. jaigalliott

    Wow! Looks great. I’ve been trying to find someone attempting tilt-up stone work for ages, with no avail. I was very pleased to stumble upon your site. How much further have you gone? Do you have any further pictures?

    I am starting to plan for my own little project. I hope to build a small cabin as a retreat, nowhere near the scale of your project, but using the same means. Would be great to hear about your progress.

  2. 01/01/2011

    So cool to hear from another self-builder. The truth is we are on hold til warmer weather.
    Feel free to share your drawings etc. What state are you in? (Presuming you are in the US)

    We have a total of 3 walls done, (the carriage house and a flood wall).

  3. jaigalliott

    Sorry for the slow reply, I didn’t get an email message to say there was a reply posted.

    Well, stone work in the Winter would surely be no fun!

    I am in Australia, otherwise I would actually be tempted to ask to drop by and have a look at your work. Would be very keen to see any pictures that aren’t on your site.

    Did you ever consider attempting slip-form wall building? Ideally I am after the stone effect on both sides of the wall, but slip-form is so labour intensive, i’m not sure i’d be able to do it.

    On other thing I wanted to ask: how are you connecting your walls together at the corners? I know that some people use interconnecting fingers (not sure what the technical word for that is), but I am not sure of any other means of doing this.

    Anyway, keep up the good work! I’d encourage you to keep blogging about it all, there are too many people out there doing it!

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an open (owner build) project

April 2010