Some quick history: “Slipform stone masonry was developed by New York architect Ernest Flagg in 1920. Flagg built a vertical framework as tall as the wall, then inserted 2×6 or 2×8 planks as forms to guide the stonework. When the masonry work reached the top of a plank, Flagg inserted another one, adding more planks until he reached the top of the wall. Helen and Scott Nearing modified the technique in Vermont in the 1930s, using slipforms that were slipped up the wall.”
One day, when my wife lets me buy some land (she won’t let me till the house is paid off); I want to combine this with log building techniques to build my wilderness retreat. That fact that my stone and wood cabin will be hiding an apocalypse bunker is irrelevant. But anyway, in my quest to learn new stuff I came across this great video on YouTube. It’s a 10 minute promo video for a longer DVD that I look forward to getting my hands on.
I’m not promoting these guys’ video, I just think it’s really informative and their humor talking points crack me up. They give great insight into basic building concepts. This is a concept that a novice can learn so I hope you enjoy and learn something.