We work with a variety of local stones including Bath Limestone, Bristol Pennant Sandstone and Forest of Dean Sandstone.
The distinctive appearance of local stone makes it perfect for dry stone walling, allowing it to blend in naturally with its surroundings.
We use traditional dry stone walling techniques to build strong, solid walls without mortar, which is sustainable, as well as beautiful.
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This type of wall is built using ancient Celtic techniques. The stone is random, unsquared and of irregular size and is always bedded with a bonding agent.
We prefer to use the traditional method of lime mortar because its in keeping with the traditional craft of stonemasonry and allows natural movement of the stone, letting it breath and less likely to crack.
This type of walling is characterised by horizontal linear patterns in the walling.
The stone must be worked (cut, cropped or hammered) to produce the rough, rectangular design.
These pieces are then coursed together in a linear fashion with a bonding course placed on top of the joints, similar to a brick weave.
In semi-coursed work the horizontal mortar line may only be visible at every third or fourth course.
As well as natural stone walling, we also work with traditional clay bricks, offering both construction and repointing services.
We prefer to use hand-made clay bricks which give a unique character and appearance to any building.
Furthermore, we are always happy to work with the unique qualities of reclaimed bricks.