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Cutting stone. Guidelines from a professional on how to cut stone using a hammer and chisel.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Aug 1987 (v.10#11) pg. 20

Tips on replacing a damaged brick or stone on the outside wall of a building.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Jul 1988 (v.11#10) pg. 62

The romance of stone. Introduction to the slipform method of stonewall construction.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Aug 1988 (v.11#11) pg. 22

Building with stone. Advice on sources for stone, footings and laying the stones. Includes a recipe for mortar.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Dec 1992 (v.16#3) pg. 15

How to cast your own masonry parts with resuable shop-built wooden forms. Instructions for casting reinforced concrete lintels for use over windows and doors when constructing stone buildings.
CANADIAN WORKSHOP Apr 1994 (v.17#7) pg. 58

A summary of the major types of cleaning and waterproofing techniques used to restore brick, masonry and stone buildings.
EARLY AMERICAN LIFE Jun 1977 (v.8#3) pg. 52

Tips on patching mortar on brickwork and stone and replacing exterior caulking.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #109 Apr 1969 (v.19#2) pg. 54

Make your own imitation "cut stones" for wall decoration. The cut stone is made from ordinary plaster which is cast in a rubber mold which you also make yourself. Materials cost for a 4x7 ft. panel: $45. Photos show the casting and hanging process.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #155 Aug 1974 (v.24#6) pg. 50

How to install a prefabricated fireplace unit. Also gives information on designing the hearth and applying a facing of Featherock.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #184 Oct 1977 (v.27#7) pg. 14

How to build a dry (mortarless) stone wall.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #228 Apr 1982 (v.32#4) pg. 100

Tip on repointing mortar joints in brick or stone walls.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #241 Sep 1983 (v.33#7) pg. 98

Build a dry (mortarless) stone retaining wall.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #299 Jun 1989 (v.39#6) pg. 62

Construct a dry stone retaining wall.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #356 Mar 1995 (v.45#3) pg. 36

Gas fireplace and stone surround. Part 2. How to apply cast stone to a fireplace surround. Techniques are applicable to covering other surfaces.
FAMILY HANDYMAN #381 Sep 1997 (v.47#8) pg. 36

Building a dry-stone retaining wall. Includes tips on shaping stones.
FINE GARDENING #10 Nov-Dec 1989 pg. 60

How to stack a freestanding dry stone wall.
FINE GARDENING #54 Mar-Apr 1997 pg. 35

Form-based stone masonry. A method for constructing cast-in-place stone walls. An easy method for novices. Best suited for cobblestones (round-shaped stones in random sizes).
FINE HOMEBUILDING #3 Jun-Jul 1981 pg. 28

Bow-Cot and the Honeymoon Cottage. Two experimental stone houses by New York architect Ernest Flagg.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #5 Oct-Nov 1981 pg. 28

Restoring brownstone facades. Techniques for repairing and replacing 19th-century architectural elements.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #5 Oct-Nov 1981 pg. 36

Sticks and stones. A house handbuilt from red cedar and basalt in the Pacific Northwest. A structural chimney cylinder is a key support for roof.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #8 Apr-May 1982 pg. 22

Facing a concrete block wall with stone. A good supply of rock, tight joints, and hidden mortar are the secret to the solid, structural look.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #13 Feb-Mar 1983 pg. 36

Tips on cutting stone with a pitching tool and modifying a tuck pointer for raking joints.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #15 Jun-Jul 1983 pg. 4

A house of stone and clay. 864 sq.ft. house features 2-ft. thick rock walls, leaded glass windows, and clay floor tiles. Details on building rock walls and making floor tiles by hand.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #18 Dec 1983-Jan 1984 pg. 44

Tip: How to maintain brownstone entry stairs. Includes tips on applying a water barrier.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #20 Apr-May 1984 pg. 10

Tip: When building a mortarless stone wall, fill the voids between the stones with gravel.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #23 Oct-Nov 1984 pg. 14

Maine stonework. A personal approach to laying up and pointing rock.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #26 Apr-May 1985 pg. 69

The structural stone wall. How to bed your stones in concrete and apply mortar to joints.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #27 Jun-Jul 1985 pg. 64

From boulders to building blocks. How a traditional stonemason quarries and dresses sandstone.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #35 Oct-Nov 1986 pg. 35
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #39 Apr-May 1987 pg. 4

A primer on using limestone as a building material. Included in an article on the CB&S Stone Company (Houston, Texas).
FINE HOMEBUILDING #37 Feb-Mar 1987 pg. 56

Tip: String your steel rock-splitting wedges together so that you can't lose them as easily.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #44 Feb-Mar 1988 pg. 24

Repairing old stonework walls, foundations, etc. How to layup, bed, set lintels, and point.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #44 Feb-Mar 1988 pg. 54

Tip on cutting a hole in a stone-veneer wall.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #46 Apr-May 1988 pg. 12

Guidelines for laying stone walls.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #49 Oct-Nov 1988 pg. 54

The Cotswold slat roof. Reviving the age-old craft of shingling with stone.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #49 Oct-Nov 1988 pg. 68

Building a slip-form stone wall. Poured-concrete walls are faced with a mixture of small and large stones to form the walls of this cottage.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #51 Feb-Mar 1989 pg. 68

Cobblestone cottage combines a two-wythe block foundation and block walls with conventional framing to form this modern version of a Cotswold cottage.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #54 Jun-Jul 1989 pg. 83

Laying a granite-faced wall. Techniques for using stone that is scarce and tough to shape. Includes instructions for building an archway entrance through the wall.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #58 Feb-Mar 1990 pg. 46

Advice on parging or painting a stone (or masonry) wall to change it's appearance.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #62 Aug-Sep 1990 pg. 20
Added Info FINE HOMEBUILDING #63 Oct-Nov 1990 pg. 20

Tip on priming the smooth surface of river rocks with plastic cement so they will adhere better to vertical walls.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #72 Feb-Mar 1992 pg. 28

A cast concrete fire wall for use behind a woodstove is decorated by embedding colorful rocks in the face.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #85 Dec 1993-Jan 1994 pg. 82

Tip on using pieces of ice to facilitate moving a heavy stone countertop into position without cracking.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #91 Oct-Nov 1994 pg. 34

Laying up stone veneer. A masonry facade is an economical way to give wood-framed walls the look of solid stone.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #91 Oct-Nov 1994 pg. 58

Pointing stonework. A pastry bag speeds this tedious job and gets the work done cleanly and efficiently.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #95 Apr-May 1995 pg. 68

Manufactured-stone and natural-stone veneer are compared for appearance, workability and cost.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #98 Oct-Nov 1995 pg. 130

Granite countertops. An experienced fabricator explains the process from the templating to the final setting of the slabs.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #100 Feb-Mar 1996 pg. 68

Tiling with limestone, a material that is easy to work with and maintain.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #118 Aug-Sep 1998 pg. 98, 134

Building dry stone walls. A systematic approach saves time and turns beginners into artists.
FINE HOMEBUILDING #126 Oct-Nov 1999 pg. 74

How to build terraced stone walls on a slope.
FLOWER & GARDEN Sep 1980 (v.24#8) pg. 36

How to create a rock garden. Includes instructions for constructing a dry stone retaining wall.
FLOWER & GARDEN Jun-Jul 1986 (v.30#4) pg. 32

How to remove paint from stone.
HARROWSMITH #28 Jun 1980 (v.4#8) pg. 122

How to construct a stone gatepost.
HARROWSMITH #68 Jul-Aug 1986 (v.11#2) pg. 80

How to build a low stone wall and plant it with flowering perennials.
HOME MECHANIX #683 Mar 1985 (v.81) pg. 48

Choosing and installing manufactured stone products. Ideas shown include stone-covered walls, faux fireplace, and dry-stack wall.
HOME MECHANIX #797 Jul-Aug 1995 (v.91) pg. 62

Tip: Use wedges to seat heavy stones in a fence or wall so their weight is taken off the mortar.
HOMEOWNER Sep 1985 (v.10#7) pg. 22

How to build a stone wall.
HOMEOWNERS HOW TO Sep-Oct 1980 (v.5#5) pg. 81

Using stone in the garden. Ideas for walls, paths, edgings, sculpture and as sitting spaces.
HORTICULTURE Sep-Oct 1999 (v.96#7) pg. 64

Stone walls you can make. How to lay up retaining walls using either the wet or dry mortar method. Also shows how to cast a planter box from concrete.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #567 Aug 1975 (v.71) pg. 64

How to repair stoops with coverings of slate, flagstones, stucco or mortar. How to reset loose flags, patch a broken flag or replace loose stucco.
MECHANIX ILLUSTRATED #602 Jul 1978 (v.74) pg. 120

Stone masonry techniques. Part of the Owner-built Home & Homestead series.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #5 Sep 1970 pg. 67

Rubble masonry construction. Part of the Owner-built Home & Homestead series.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #12 Nov 1971 pg. 99

Building with native stone. A complete guide to constructing a mortarless stone wall.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #85 Jan-Feb 1984 pg. 82

Tip on splitting large boulders using fire and water.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #121 Jan-Feb 1990 pg. 14

The art of slipforming. Combining stone masonry and concrete to form a wall.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #159 Dec 1996-Jan 1997 pg. 61

Putting gravity to work for you. How to construct a dry-laid stone wall.
MOTHER EARTH NEWS #159 Dec 1996-Jan 1997 pg. 68

Restoration of sandstone (brownstone). Covers repair and resurfacing of damaged stone and preventive maintenance to avoid spalling.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Apr 1974 (v.2#4) pg. 9

Patching brownstone. Includes brownstone-mix formulas used to make the repairs.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Aug 1982 (v.10#8) pg. 161

Removing "Formstone" and other fake stonework from brick buildings.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep 1982 (v.10#9) pg. 179

Two articles on repointing masonry. The first explains why joints fail. The second is a step-by-step guide on how to remove the deteriorated mortar from joints in brick or stone walls, match the old mortar's consistency and texture, and refill the joints.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jan-Feb 1987 (v.15#1) pg. 24, 27
Added Info OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May-Jun 1987 (v.15#3) pg. 4

General suggestions for controlling moisture in sandstone to arrest spalling.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May-Jun 1987 (v.15#3) pg. 14

Building stone walls. How to build both a dry-laid stone wall and a mortared stone wall.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May-Jun 1988 (v.16#3) pg. 26

Splitting and dressing stone. Some tips.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May-Jun 1988 (v.16#3) pg. 32

Working with native stone. Advice on locating a nearby source for the stone needed to renovate a stone house. Tips on quarrying, cutting, dressing, installing, etc.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1991 (v.19#4) pg. 30

Information for the restorer on the mortars and finishes used in cobblestone houses.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1991 (v.19#4) pg. 35

Repointing stonework. How to prepare the surface, select the appropriate mortar color and texture, mix the mortar, do the repointing and apply the finishing touches.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Jul-Aug 1991 (v.19#4) pg. 38

Tip on using folded mesh screen and mortar to patch large gaps in stonework.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Mar-Apr 1992 (v.20#2) pg. 20

Building stone retaining walls.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May-Jun 1993 (v.21#3) pg. 28

Lathe-turned stone. Making columns and balusters from raw stone using a simple shop-built lathe.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May-Jun 1993 (v.21#3) pg. 51
Added Info OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Sep-Oct 1993 (v.21#5) pg. 12

Tip suggests how to remove paint splatter from rough-faced stone.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL Nov-Dec 1996 (v.24#6) pg. 16

Quarrying the condemned. How to deconstruct a stone house for its parts.
OLD-HOUSE JOURNAL May-Jun 1998 (v.26#3) pg. 54

Twelve-step process for building a stone wall.
ORGANIC GARDENING Apr 1988 (v.35#4) pg. 49

Build a traditional New England dry stone fence. Three types of stone walls illustrated: (1) Free-standing. (2) Terracing. (3) Retaining.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1982 (v.158#1) pg. 84

Build a stone boat for hauling field stone behind a tractor or horse.
POPULAR MECHANICS Jul 1982 (v.158#1) pg. 102

Install your own masonry veneers. How to install both stone and wire-backed brick.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1982 (v.220#6) pg. 92

Tip: Use a fiber-type cement-cutting blade to sand wood, sharpen tools, and cut rocks.
POPULAR SCIENCE Jun 1988 (v.232#6) pg. 4

How to lay up narrow walls of fieldstone without any mortar.
SUNSET Oct 1981 (v.167#4) pg. 256

The art of laying rock walls (garden walls) built of dry-stacked stones.
SUNSET Sep 1994 (v.193#3) pg. 88

Do-it-yourself stone veneer.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1964 (v.20#5) pg. 38

How to cut and lay your own sandstone or limestone.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1968 (v.24#4) pg. 20

How to make artificial stone using a sprayed-on concrete mixture. Diagram shows how to make a plaster-spraying rig.
WORKBENCH Sep-Oct 1972 (v.28#5) pg. 62

How to build dry laid stone walls.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1983 (v.39#4) pg. 64
Added Info WORKBENCH Nov-Dec 1983 (v.39#6) pg. 23

Building with native material. Building a rubble stone wall held together with mortar and rebar.
WORKBENCH May-Jun 1989 (v.45#3) pg. 46

How to build a dry-laid floating-stone wall.
WORKBENCH Jul-Aug 1990 (v.46#4) pg. 48

Faux stone fireplace. How to install a fireplace surround and hearth using manufactured stone. Step-by-step photos show the gluing and grouting procedures required.
WORKBENCH Jan-Feb 1998 (v.54#1) pg. 18