Discovering New England Stone Walls Presented by Kevin Gardner

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Thursday, Jan 24, 2019, 1:30 pm

Edgewood Auditorium
575 Osgood Street
North Andover, MA

Since the publication of The Granite Kiss, Kevin Gardner has presented his program about New England stone walls at dozens of historical societies, bookstores and town libraries all over New England.

Kevin’s informal talk covers a few of the main topics of his book touching on history, technique, stylistic development and aesthetics. He explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other drystone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape.

Other topics may include differences in approach between historical and contemporary wall builders; a discussion of restoration tips and techniques; and information about design, acquisition of materials, preservation and analysis. There is always a generous question-and-answer period, during which listeners are encouraged to bring up specific problems or projects on their own properties. Along the way, Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket. Kevin’s book, The Granite Kiss, will be available for sale.


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