THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR
V. Reid Snow used his bare hands to cut, haul, hoist and fit into place the limestone in the 300-foot long wall.
The final stone — after three long, gruelling years — is hammered and chiselled into place. It’s a job well done — and done well.
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Who says he’s off the wall? It’s an art form!
V. Reid Snow builds walls the old way — lovingly
You do need a good eye’ – and a strong back to build a virtually indestructible wall — V. Reid Snow
Canada Blooms & VRS Masonry
Over the past couple of years at Canada Blooms, I've noticed dry stone construction emerging as a subtle trend. Perhaps it's part of the move towards a more natural, rusticated style. Even concrete pavers, for instance, are being made to look more and more like the real thing these days. And, despite the initial cost, when you consider how long a stone wall can outlive fencing, it's a relatively durable investment.
That being the case, I was surprised there weren't more crowds around the display of VRS Masonry. For one thing, a stone archway held together by nothing but craft and gravity is a pretty cool thing. It's solid, too. Owner Reid Snow, at right, built possibly the only one-man dry stone bridge in the country.
In addition to walls and bridges, dry stone construction has been used to create fireplaces, wells and fountains, cairns and pillars. I'm a fan.