I went out to the park recently and the spot I usually stack in was well occupied with other stackers’ work. I didn’t want to detract from them or use their stuff, so I walked around the coast till I came to a secluded inlet uncommonly visited. I hadn’t stacked here before, and ended up doing five pieces there in a few hours! Part 1 here.
I had just finished the stack posted in the last update and was talking to a nice couple who had wandered into the same little cove as me when I saw the base rock lying on the ground. I initially thought about placing it atop something else, but realized how foolish it was when I tried to lift it and found it weighed a bit more than I do. some huffing and puffing got it upright and I managed to wiggle it around enough that the loose stone under it shifted enough to stabilize it.
once the slab was upright, it reached my waist. I had uncovered the next element above by lifting the base stone, and was captivated by its shape. I don’t normally work thinking about the individual stone’s forms; I’m more focused on the overall mass of the structure. I had been thinking of trying to get away from that of late, as seen in my split rectangle piece the other day, so I thought it would be good to try to utilize this unique rock next. it’s a complete fluke that its planes were perfectly aligned with the one beneath it.
the rest of the work took its tone from this piece – quick, vertical pieces that depended more on the individual stones than an aggregated mass.
the very top stone kept getting blown off by the wind as I worked on other things. even though I already had my pictures, I kept replacing it – it was just too pleasantly contrasting with the mass of the other three stones.