Stone Walls Gallery
This stone walls gallery showcases walls that Hammerhead has constructed for clients over the years. Retaining walls, freestanding walls, seating walls, and stone edging are all featured. Browse the images to gain ideas for your own space!
The Faerie Garden
We built this big retaining wall of Hooper’s Creek. Designed in collaboration with Mardi Letson of Gardens by Mardi, the wall has a handful of niches to house the clients’ collection of antique glass insulators. LED lights and wires hidden in the wall illuminate the nights with a colorful glow.
The Dentist Wall
This was one of Hammerhead’s first projects at a dentist office near downtown. I used a lot of the stone that was there from parts of a failing wall. Gary helped me build in the slab bench. That big slab for both parts of this bench as well a bench in Chapel Hill to celebrate the life of Grandpa Tony. It was a bigass stone. It’s laid completely dry and constructed of sandstone. More pictures here.
Hooper’s Creek Walls
Here’s a handful of walls that use Hooper’s Creek, a locally quarried granitic gneiss. It makes the best walls but it’s a bear to work with. This first wall was very challenging. It’s a retaining wall that grows into a freestanding structure. We built that garden as an attempt to protect the tree. The gateposts are split from a single boulder. When you walk through, you can match up the drill hole pattern. I like it when you can see the work of it.
A fun build around a water meter that could not be budged a bit. I cheated; there’s some mud under there, to help place a couple of tiny bits right under the cover, where the collar of the lid kept getting in my way!
We like to use sandstone quarried in Tennessee. It’s wonderfully workable and has a wide range of colors. We can get some laser level coursing with this stone too, if so inclined.
Local Fieldstone Walls
The supply of local fieldstone is always a challenge. Because the geology of these mountains is so wildly diverse, stone supplies are various, in look, in workability, and in reliable gathering. The Daggett Mountain fieldstone is probably the most reliable source of local stone. We used it to build the next couple of walls- another collaboration with Gardens by Mardi.
Walls Here and There
This is a bit of a kitchen sink wall. We put just about every kind of stone we could find into it. This is from the Unturned Stone days. This required a machine because of how big some of the stones were.
I think this is a type of stone called quartzite- a metamorphosed sandstone. I like it because it has a certain chunkiness to it that I find appealing.
Another bit of kitchen sinkery. We used parts of the older wall- an impossibly hard and oddly shaped- as well as a lot of fieldstone from Tennessee.
We even built a river rock wall- with lots of mortar!!! It’s not our typical approach, but we are capable. The client wanted to match the old walls in his neighborhood.
We hope you enjoyed our stone walls gallery!
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