rock wall

Rock wall

Building a dry-laid stone wall is an exercise in patience.... [Y]ou face a rather daunting and even poetic situation: you must make order from a chaotic pile of perhaps a hundred tons of stones of various shapes and sizes. They sit heavy on the ground. When you build a wall you have to arrange and stack them... It took me a few years to learn how to find the "face" of the stone. It is easier now. (Jan Paisecki, "The Nature of Walls," Orion Magazine, January-February 2008)

County Kerry, Ireland. January 2008.