On Wednesday, August 8th at 6pm, Kevin Gardner will be here to talk about the storied history of New England stone walls. Kevin’s informal talk explores the theme of two of his books, The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls, and Stone Building: How To Make New England Style Walls and Other Structures the Old Way. Touching on history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics, Kevin explains how and why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time, and their significance to the famous New England landscape. Restoration and preservation will also be discussed, and during the question and answer period, listeners are encouraged to talk about their own projects and ask questions specific to their build. Refreshments will be served!
Kevin Gardner is a lifelong resident of Hopkinton, NH. Like a lot of independent rural Yankees, he’s been a jack of many trades: a builder, logger, writer, teacher, radio voice, even an actor and director. For more than forty years he has been a stone wall builder in a family business widely known for traditional New England stonework, particularly for historic restoration of antique structures.
This program is made possible by a generous grant from the New Hampshire Humanities, Humanities to Go program. www.nhhumanities.org/humanitiestogo
This event is free, and open to the public ages 13 and up. Registration is required. Please call 432-7154 to register, or for more information.