Dry stone dyke building – anyone had a bash at it?

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  • mcmoonter
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    Churchill enjoyed bricklaying as a hobby.

    I did this wee repair for my sister in France, it’s just as rewarding as wood stacking.

    mcmoonter
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    No dyke lovers around?

    Shibboleth
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    I once happened upon a dyke with a gaping hole. I stuck my finger in it until it started leaking… Sommat like that anyway.

    IHN
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    No dyke lovers around?

    I’ll be honest, they’re not the kind of pictures of dyke loving that I prefer

    nickf
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    Just like wood pile building (which is very similar) you have to find a home for each piece – once you’ve picked it up, you can never put it back down again!

    gusamc
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    helped my dad as a nipper, go back and check in 10 years was his advice

    his mates mainly did fences (forestry) it was faster

    presumably you’ve seen a Caithness slab fence, was always impressed with that

    When we lived down south I did a two day course on dry stone walling and used the knowledge to build a couple of new walls at our house. I found it very theraputic and very satisfying plus it saved us a shed load of money. The walls are still there 10 years on so not too bad a job

    mcmoonter
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    presumably you’ve seen a Caithness slab fence, was always impressed with that

    I wish I had a picture of the roof on the croft I restored in Orkney. I used Caithness slates for that, thousands of them in diminishing courses. The wall head course slates were 36 inches long. A beautiful material to work with. The galvanized nails I used should be good for a couple of hundred years. Many of the recycled slates I used still had their original hand made wooden pegs in them.

    Kuco
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    Helped to build a couple of dry stone headwalls a few years ago, really enjoyed it.

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