How to Build a Stone Wall

Author's Note

There's something about a stone wall that evokes a timeless, solid feeling: After all, it's about as far back as architecture goes. Whether it's the first thing your guests see, a subtle feature in the backyard or the perfect finishing touch on an English garden, stone projects can't help but make a statement rich with meaning and history.

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