[English below.] Moltes gràcies a les amigues i als amics que ens van ajudar a progressar tant el cap de setmana passada (foto a baix). Per a la gent que encara voldria participar, oferim altre taller en 2 setmanes. Estem molt contents d´estar tan prop d´acabar tot el projecte del tancat de la parcel.la!!
¡Estamos especialmente impresionados con L., la joven vecina, que casi seguramente se volverá una futura arquitecta!
One of the skills I learned from my father, or, better said, we learned together, was how to build a dry-stack rock wall. The farm my parents bought when I was 7, had lots of walls in disrepair, and over a significant part of my childhood, we repaired and lengthened them. The rock where I grew up tended to granite and shale, both of which are flatter and more rectangular than the calcareous rocks of this area, which are often somewhat rounded or worn down by water movement into odd shapes. That´s why we started with the ¨wet laid¨ technique which is so common here, because wet cement is much more forgiving of strange forms. But after we scored this massive dump-truck load of cut rock, I knew the time for dry-stack had arrived. Last weekend, with the help of 4 awesome friends and the amazingly talented 11-year-old neighbor girl, we got a great start on an 8-meter long, 1.2-meter high stretch, which the Smooth Operator and I subsequently built up to roughly half height (ganz lieben Dank).
This is how it looks starting from the 5-meter wet-laid section. The reddish-brown color comes from our iron-rich sandy soil which makes up about 70% of the cement mix. The whiter color further down is where the dry stack begins. We´ll leave the remaining work for a final workshop in a couple of weeks, then straighten out the far part of the chainlink fence which is angled into the hillside as a bit of a place holder.