The Dentist Wall

The Dentist Wall

Springtime wall
Contacted to look at a wall in disrepair, I ended up completely rebuilding a drystone wall at a dentist’s office just outside of downtown Asheville. I added a stone bench to the street side to invite neighbors and passersby to sit and enjoy the space. (Read more about seating walls here.) The bench, the seat back and the arm rests were all cut from a single slab of sandstone. I cut the big pieces with feathers and wedges and trimmed the edges with the chisels. The sidewalk slopes along this face, so the bench varies in height, though the sitting surface and arm rests are level. The wall steps up just past the bench to catch the growing earth bank.

Asheville stone mason Marc Archambault building a drystone wall

Marc at the wall in progress

dentist wall

Bench incorporated into the wall

dentist wall

Drystone retaining wall, sandstone