Building with Stone

Building with StoneAuthor(s): Charles McRaven, Chandis Ingenthron (Illustrator)

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 8, 1989)

Paperback: 192 pages

ISBN: 0882665502

ISBN-13: 978-0882665504

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April 17, 1998

An introduction to the art and craft of creating stone structures: acquiring stone, tools, and step-by-step instructions.

Concrete and steel may weigh as much, but nothing can rival stone for its beauty and durability. Building With Stone is an introduction to the art and craft of creating stone structures and projects by a man who has made stonework his vocation.

Throughout the book is Charles McRaven’s stonebuilding philosophy — that careful craftsmanship and time well spent during construction will repay itself many times over. The physical challenges will be offset by tremendous satisfaction and the knowledge that long after the builder is gone, the structure will stand as a personal and historical monument.

Based on years of experience, this book will educate the novice and inspire the seasonal artisan. A stonebuilder at any level will learn how to evaluate each stone and undertake each step in the procedure with an eye toward aesthetics and useful permanence.

In addition to introductory material on acquiring stone and what tools will be necessary, there are chapters with step-by-step instructions on how to build:

— walls

— buttresses

— stone fireplaces

— a barbecue pit

— a stone dam

— a stone bridge

— a spring house

— even a home or barn

The final chapter is on proper restoration techniques for stone structures.

Not just a how-to book, but also a good read, Building With Stone is sure to be a reference book and constant companion for all manner of stone journeymen, and will prove to be as enduring a volume as the structures it recommends.

About the Author

Charles McRaven is a stonemason and blacksmith, nationally known for building and repairing dozens of stone structures and log homes. He has written extensively on stone, including the books Building with Stone and Stonework, and articles for Country Journal, Fine Homebuilding, and many regional magazines. He lectures and conducts workshops and private courses in stone construction. Charles lives in Virginia.

Customer Comments

from Toronto, Canada , March 12, 1998
Introduction to Traditional Stone Masonry
This is an excellent first book for those who want to learn about building with stone as an old-world craftsman, rather than a money-hungry contractor or assembly-line modern mason. Charles McRaven does not fill his book with theory, but with practical methods and ideas which are true to proper masonry techniques but allow even the most novice to begin to lay stone right away. The anecdotal style of this book makes it an easy read, and inspires confidence to pick up that trowel for the first time!

Stone House: A Guide to Self-Building With Slipforms

Stone House: A Guide to Self-Building With SlipformsAuthor: Tomm Stanley

Publisher: Stonefield (March 1, 2004)

Paperback: 208 pages

ISBN-10: 0473099705

ISBN-13: 978-0473099701

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You won’t need to be an expert stonemason or even have much construction experience to build your own house with one of the world’s most traditional building materials–stone. Stone House: A Guide to Self-Building with Slipforms contains all the information you’ll need to successfully build a stone home for yourself, from clearing the building site to topping the stone walls in preparation for roof framing.

While providing a wealth of information on a range of relevant subjects, Tomm Stanley uses an instructional narrative to lead readers through the process of building with stone and slipforms. This is the first book dedicated to slipform stone masonry in many years. Topics include:* Traditional stonemasonry and slipforming,* Basic geology and where to source suitable stone,* Passive solar principles,* Concrete making and techniques for molding and casting concrete, and * Methods for restoring recycled wooden windows and doors. There’s even a section on the usage of metric measurement written especially for Americans from the view of an American now living in a metric country.

Roofing, Flashing and Waterproofing (Best of Fine Homebuilding)

Roofing, Flashing and Waterproofing (Best of Fine Homebuilding)Publisher: Taunton (October 4, 2005)

Paperback: 160 pages

ISBN-10: 1561587788

ISBN-13: 978-1561587780

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To get the best remodeling results, you need solid advice from the best in the business. For Pros by Pros® books bring you field-tested techniques and real-world experience from the expert builders and remodeling pros who write for Fine Homebuilding magazine.

Roofing, Flashing, and Waterproofing gives you the technical expertise and seasoned advice you need to protect your work from water, the home’s eternal enemy. Leaks large and small cause the majority of damage in the house, and efforts to prevent or repair that damage account for most of the money spent on home repair. This book presents the basic principles you need to know to waterproof residential structures properly to protect them from water intrusion and to prevent callbacks for flashing or roofing failures.

Thatching and Thatched Buildings

Thatching and Thatched BuildingsAuthor: Michael Billett

Publisher: Robert Hale & Company (May 1998)

Paperback: 224 pages

ISBN: 0709062257

ISBN-13: 978-0709062257

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This definitive book on thatching and thatched buildings in rural Britain costitutes an authoritative reference guide. It contains masses of practical information and advice for all those who live in thatched houses or who are contemplating buying one. In addition, it makes fascinating reading for everyone interested in this aspect of our rural heritage. Michael Billett guides the reader through the development of thatching through the ages, the materials used, and the various types of buildings covered by thatch which can still be seen today. He describes the skilful and artistic work required to produce the beauty and charm of a thatched roof, and considers the advantages and disadvantages. Also included is a chapter which gives advice on costs, including maintenance and insurance, and modern trends, such as the use of thatch for modern houses. As well as practical advice Thatching and Thatched Buildings also includes descriptions of over five hundred of the most attractive thatched villages, many of which appear as illustrations in the delightful book.

 

The Slate Roof Bible

The Slate Roof BibleAuthor(s): Joseph Jenkins

Publisher: Chelsea Green Pub Co

Paperback: 296 pages

ISBN: 0964425807

ISBN-13: 978-0964425804

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The Slate Roof Bible gives a concise history of the slate industry on both sides of the Atlantic, and the types and colours of slates to be found. Although the author is American, he is descended from Welsh migrs who left with the collapse of the Welsh slate industry around the turn of the century, and this is reflected in the early chapters. The later chapters cover in some depth the design, installation, and maintenance of slate roofs. Also covered are tools, safe working practices, and important details on chimneys, flashings and gutters. This is well done, with clear illustrations and photos – an excellent example of how to produce a practical guide. The first book to be written on the subject of slate roofs since 1926. — The Permaculture Magazine Information Service [England]
The Slate Roof Bible is a fine book, filled with fascinating information about slate: its history, the industry, and the way to work with it properly.” “I’ve been working with slate for a long time; still, I learned from this book some valuable hints and techniques that I’ve been able to put into practice.” — Fine Homebuilding, July 1998

“Five years of meticulous research, thousands of miles traveled to slate quarries all over the world, particularly Wales, has produced The Slate Roof Bible – and a surprise. This book, potentially tedious reading, is instead a delight. Full of history, lore, and useful advice, Jenkins has written a fascinating book, spiced it with humor and warmed it with his own passion for the subject.” — Doylestown Intelligencer Record [Philadelphia]

“Jenkins tells his tale with pizazz and rollicking humor, offering anecdote after anecdote about what people do, and do not do, to their slate roofs.” — Boston Sunday Globe

From the Publisher

Jenkins Publishing is proud to announce that The Slate Roof Bible was presented with the prestigious National Roofing Contractors Association 2001 GOLD CIRCLE AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN THE ROOFING INDUSTRY. One such award is given annually within the 4,700-member international trade association in the “SERVICE TO THE INDUSTRY” category.

Stonework: Techniques and Projects

Stonework: Techniques and ProjectsAuthor(s): Charles McRaven, Elizabeth McHale

Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 10, 1997)

Paperback: 192 pages

ISBN: 0882669761

ISBN-13: 978-0882669762

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No building material rivals stone for beauty, permanence and enduring popularity. If you’re lucky, stone can be found right on your building site. Builder Charles McRaven uses the benefit of his 50 years of stonework experience to inform, entertain and inspire. He helps even first time builders comprehend the intricacies of working with different stone types, choosing the most suitable stone and working with recycled stone. You’ll learn about handling, cutting and shaping. The book offers detailed descriptions for several projects including basic walls, retaining walls, entryways, arches, steps and bridges. In addition to the outdoor projects, there is a small section on using stone indoors for a veneer wall and a hearth. Clearly written and well illustrated, Stonework will help you discover the lasting satisfaction of working with stone.

The publisher, Storey Books , April 17, 1998

Complete, fully illustrated step-by-step instructions for 22 attractive projects including garden paths, and walls, porches, seats, waterfalls, and even a bridge. You’ll also learn how to use different types of stone, and cutting and shaping techniques. Two-color. Line drawings.

Customer Comments

J. Owens from Wilmington, Delaware, USA, January 19, 1998 Excellent primer for confident home-improvers
Compared to other how-to books in the category, McRaven makes the reader feel very capable of completing the projects without dumbing down the material. Let’s face it- stonework is somewhat intimidating. By adding some easy jobs like the stone birdbath-fountain, you can build confidence for bigger things. I’m ready for spring!!

The Stonebuilder’s Primer: A Step-By-Step Guide for Owner-Builders

The Stonebuilder's Primer: A Step-By-Step Guide for Owner-BuildersAuthor(s): Charles Long

Publisher: Firefly Books; Revised and Expanded edition (October 1, 1998)

Paperback: 128 pages

ISBN: 1552092984

ISBN-13: 978-1552092989

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This step by step guide for owner-builders is a detailed account of building a simple stone home. Instead of using slipforms, Charles and Elizabeth Long developed a compromise method of stone construction that is both simpler and truer to the stonemason’s art. The result is an aesthetically satisfying stone home built on a limited budget with no previous construction experience. Long’s concept allows ample insulation, space for utilities and a way to support interior finishes. Hundred of photos and diagrams. In addition to a complete treatment of the basics (foundation, finding and laying stone, insulation, details, tools, etc.), Long presents sections on fireplaces, arches and special touches. This classic how-to book was recently republished. 126 pages, 1998

Straw Bale Building: How to plan, design and build with straw

Straw Bale Building: How to plan, design and build with strawAuthor(s): Chris Magwood and Peter Mack

Publisher: New Society Publishers (July 1, 2000)

Paperback: 256 pages

ISBN: 0865714037

ISBN-13: 978-0865714038

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This book is an essential addition to your straw bale library. Unlike other books on the topic, this material addresses the unique issues of building in northern climates. Straw bale builders, Peter Mack and Chris Magwood provide all the nitty-gritty, how-to-build-it information. They know the many unique construction issues faced by bale builders, including developing plans and budgets, picking the perfect bales, the golden principles of bale stacking, roofing, plumbing, electrical, as well as dealing with building codes and inspectors.

Peter Mack and Chris Magwood are professional bale house builders. Together they have constructed fifteen straw bale houses and structures. They teach a popular, on-going straw bale building workshop in Ontario, Canada.

256 pages, 2000

Timber-Frame Home: Design, Construction, Finishing

Timber-Frame Home: Design, Construction, FinishingAuthor(s): Tedd Benson

Publisher: Taunton Press

Hardcover: 234 pages

ISBN: 1561581291

ISBN-13: 978-1561581290

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Publication date: May 1997

Author, teacher, and master craftsman Tedd Benson shows readers how to plan a timber-frame home to meet their own needs and concerns. Tedd Benson can be seen on the PBS series This Old House. 97 color photographs and 140 drawings. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Synopsis: Built for modern lifestyles, today’s timber-frame homes feature open spaces, durable craftsmanship, and an accent on comfort. This book provides a comprehensive reference to timber-frame house design, written by one of the nation’s foremost builders of this type of house. 145 color photos. 130 drawings.

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This is a wonderful book about timber frames. As an architect i can say this book is perfect from every aspect. Complete and understandable for every kind of readers. It gives a lot of important design and technical information in a form of an artistic photo album.

Timber Frame Construction: All About Post-And-Beam Building

Timber Frame Construction: All About Post and Beam BuildingAuthor(s): Jack Sobon, Roger Schroeder

Publisher: Storey Books

Paperback: 208 pages

ISBN: 0882663658

ISBN-13: 978-0882663654

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“If you’ve ever dreamed about building with timbers, this book will convince you that this method is not only beautiful and practical, but often less expensive than “stick building.” Includes dozens of illustrations and photos.” – Countryside & Small Stock Journal

If you have only dreamed about the beauty of building with timbers, this book will open your eyes. It will convince you that this method is not only practical today for homes and other buildings, but often is less expensive than “stick building.”

Timber frame builder Jack Sobon and writer Roger Schroeder offer a book for builders as well as those wishing to have the work done for them. Here is practical how-to for both beginners and experienced carpenters who want to try this method. It offers:

The basics of timber framing.

How to design for strength and beauty.

How to combine modern tools and time-tested methods.

A starter project: How to build a 12 x 16 garden toolshed.

Dozens of illustrations and photos that make it all easy to understand.