The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls by Author Kevin Gardner
The Granite Kiss: That instantly discouraging, and inevitable, experience in stone work when a fingertip or two fails to escape the contact point between two large stones on the occasion of their first meeting.

Please join the Biddeford Historical Society and the McArthur Library on Sunday, August 14th, 2:00 p.m. at the First Parish Meetinghouse, c. 1759  for a presentation by author Kevin Gardner on his book The Granite Kiss Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls.

Kevin Gardner, a master stonemason imparts the fundamentals of building traditional New England-style dry stone walls, along with thoughts on the history, aesthetics, and philosophy of the craft of placing stone.

Gardner also discusses the philosophy behind the repair and restoration of old walls, and gives the beginning wall builder ways to think about the place of the stone wall within the landscape.

Along the way, Gardner considers the mythology of the stone wall and its place in the New England imagination. And he explores the history, philosophy, and aesthetics of working with stone in a book that will bring as much pleasure to armchair craftsmen as it will valuable instruction to the beginning wall builder.

Selected as one of 2001's Best Gift Books by The Times of Trenton, New Jersey; one of the 50 best nonfiction books of 2001 by the Christian Science Monitor.

"A Thoreauvian do-it-yourself guide." - The Christian Science Monitor

His book will be available at the event.
Refreshments and Q & A follow the presentation.


August 14 at 2:00 p.m.


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