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   long sticks of bluestone
Tuesday, June 28 2011

I completed work today on the stone wall for the new patch of garden space. One of several factors in building a lasting stone wall is to top it with big stones that will tend to hold lower stones in place via their compressive forces. With this latest wall, I found a perfect capping stone in the form of a huge stick of bluestone measuring 63 inches long but having no other dimensions that exceeded six inches. It weighed over a hundred pounds and was hard to transport even with a hand truck. I felt a little like a one-man Egyptian obelisk crew. This piece came from the steep slope only 40 feet south of the house, a place I've gotten other similarly-shaped chunks of bluestone before. Something about the fractoring of the rock in that region leaves it in long, narrow sticks.

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