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M Marks PostQuarry

Quarry for granite posts. They were cut, left in place, and abandoned. Somewhere in the greater Boston area.

My book Exploring Stone Walls featured about 150 photographs combed from at least ten times that many taken during a 15,000 mile trip criss-crossing the backroads of new England.  Below is a small sample from that trip, young and old, which illustrates the range of what’s involved.

 

Tax-RowAcadia

An abutting wall (solid row of boulders) at the Rhode Island-Connecticut Border.

 

Classic historic fieldstone wall, also called the farmer's wall, the thrown wall, the tossed wall, the pasture wall, and the tumbled wall.

Classic historic fieldstone wall, also called the farmer’s wall,  thrown wall, tossed wall, pasture wall, and the tumbled wall.

 

Facade wall from Edgartown is pre-fabricated shaped stones pressed into a mortar matrix, likely on top of cinder blocks.  Still, the effect is pleasing.

Facade wall from Edgartown (Marthas Vineyard, MA)  is pre-fabricated shaped stones pressed into a mortar matrix, likely on top of cinder blocks. Still, the effect is pleasing.

 

Carefully laid wall of tablet-shaped stones of granite gneiss. Characteristic of new construction.

Carefully laid wall of tablet-shaped stones of granite gneiss. Characteristic of new construction.

Red jasper precipitated from hot water in a volcanic fracture ended up being the face of a stone in the face of a wall at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT.

Red jasper precipitated from hot water in a volcanic fracture ended up being the face of a stone in the face of a wall at Hill-Stead Museum in Farmington, CT.

 

SellingSineFullSize

Billboard advertising sale of strip-mined stone.

 

Cute-NotSureAboutThis

Mutant wall in Guilford, CT

 

M Hist MortarBad

Mortar just doesn’t last that long in New England.

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