Picture of Working with natural stone.
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Here are some of my stone projects,
All the stone used here is schist which comes from various sites in Otago, New zealand.
These projects have been built 25min Drive from Queenstown which is a world famous tourist destination in NZ.

Dry stone free standing wall.

Use a batter of 15 deg,
Follow String lines to keep wall strait.

Step 1: Pizza oven area.

Picture of Pizza oven area.
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Natural stone paving on ground.
Veneer work around pizza oven.
Walls and seating in dry stone with top slabs mortared on to keep them solid.
I'm more interested in the oven, do you have an instructable on that?
howgoodisit (author)  stringfellow3 years ago
Coming soon, keep an eye out : )
Great work! My brother lives in the berkshires of western Massachusetts (USA) and his 45acres are just full of mica schist, Is that the same type of schist rock you work with here? It's nice to see things done right. Out of curiosity where did you learn?
howgoodisit (author)  RWWESTdesignworks3 years ago
Hey, most types of schist from around the word will be slightly different depending on what settled in that spot millions of years ago, but from wiki :
The word schist is derived from the Greek word σχίζειν meaning "to split", which is a reference to the ease with which schists can be split along the plane in which the platy minerals lie.
I learned and qualified in stonemasonry in Otago, New Zealand.
jcroasmun4 years ago
would love to learn how to do that-looks like a lot of work
howgoodisit (author)  jcroasmun3 years ago
Sure does take a lot of time... will be standing long after i die so worth the effort IMO
labsnme3 years ago
Beautiful~~~It truly is an art in and of itself!
geo_caver4 years ago
15 degree batter board is an angle measured from the true vertical, or a 75 degrees sloped wall face. This is for an unmortar wall. Wall base should be a minimum of one course deep, however thickness of rock you used, 6" or 24"-deep, 18 to 24"-wide. Please see Dry Stone Conservancy in UK or in Kentucky for more instructions or Stoneux Society for help.
nice pictures but there is no instructable...some tips yes but no explanations XP
howgoodisit (author)  HeWantsRevenge5 years ago
Hey, most of these projects are still a work in progress, i will be adding a lot more detail and pix when i have the time. Cheers.
But teach us HOW, the project doesn't have to be finished for you to explain how it is done. Also, what is "use a batter of 15 deg" mean?
dchall85 years ago
This is a lost art. It needs some good Instructables.