The SWI candidate for the tallest wall in New England. Cliff Walk, Newport.
Below is an idiosynchratic mix of sites that relate to the objectives of the SWI.
STONE WALLS NATIONALLY:
The Stone Foundation, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico is diriected by Thomas Lipps. It's a great link to stone walls outside of the New England region. Professor Thorson will be speaking at their national meeting next Fall.
The founder of Monterey Masonry, Mark Mendel invited me to help him conduct a two-day workshop in Stockbridge, MA, last October. I was impressed with the skill, sensitivity and care with which he treated both his stone and his students, one that will surely emerge from any work he does for a client.
After decades of professional photography the photographer Jack McConnell became "obsesssed" with stone walls. He now has a popular postcard book in stores nearly everywhere, and has done gallery shows on only stone walls. He is an on-again, off-again collaborator with with Professor Thorson, as time permits.
Don't miss William Hubbell's 2006 photo book Good Fences: A Pictorial History of New England Stone Walls, published by DownEast Books, Portland Maine.
Do not miss
The New England Antiquities Research Assocation is an organization devoted to the investigation of unusual stone structures in New England, many of which are believe to be pre-Colonial in age. There is a mix of careful archaeology and wishful thinking among the sites.
Know where your stone comes from. Was it stripmined from an old wall? Some quarries are are no more than staging areas where scavenged and stolen rock is sorted, high-graded, and sold to unsuspecting buyers. , Goshen Stone is one of the good guys out there. Their mica schist, after only a few years, as as good as it gets. There are plenty of good companies out there. Just beware of the bad ones.
LANDSCAPES FROM SPACE
The National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) is a federally maintained archive of information about the nation's physical landscape From this site, you can find shaded relief maps of anywhere. Try picking a state, then zoom in on your town, then look at a color shaded relief map of its topography.
WHAT KIND OF ROCK IS THAT?
The best aceess is to go through your state's geological survey, which can be found from an alphabetical list at the Association of American State Geologists.