Here’s a little project I did for some friends – a simple wall for a raised bed. this one isn’t strictly drystack; there’s a carefully applied layer of mortar on some of the elements making up the top of the wall. This is meant to keep the wall in place for an extended period of time. The major issue with a fairly stable structure like one of my drystack walls (as opposed to my towers) is that they’ll slowly disintegrate (not fall over) as they are manipulated by humans over time. In all honesty, I’m not sure how long this will stay in place. It could fall apart in a year, or in ten. We’ll see; I’m curious to see how it’ll all pan out.
There were a variety of challenges in this project. I had to remain consistent throughout the process, staying true and level along each portion, all while trying to work with a limited selection of rock and annoying weather patterns. In addition, I had to compromise between a desire to have a standard width of raised bed and to have a straight line going right across the property (the back edge abuts the neighbor’s land). I ended up just making two straight sections with a slight angle difference between the two. Not exactly what I wanted, but sufficient to get the job done.
Regardless of the difficulties, I had some days with amazing weather, some moments of great peace and contemplation, and some moments of quiet joy as I found perfect fits for individual pieces.