Stonework in Ireland

I shot this in 1972, somewhere on the west coast of Ireland. It didn’t look like a master mason did the work, but more like a farmer with an intuitive sense of building. I love the soulful rock work, the colors and placement of stones — obviously gathered nearby. Look at the five different funky window/door lintels. Looks like a fairly new slate roof. Abandoned, but looks sound.

About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to Stonework in Ireland

  1. Anon says:

    love the detail….Well, love most things made of “rocks” and “stones”, grin.

    mmm you say you don’t think it was a master mason, but if this structure is as old as it seems….It must have been one heck of a skillful stonemason to have them hold together for so long. In fact, hold together long enough to make it worth while to put up that newish slate roof. ???

  2. Mason says:

    Incredible masonry work. Always admire beautiful masonry work. Such a thing of beauty. Whoever did the job definitely knows what they’re doing. I’m looking for Masonry work on Long Island, and came across http://www.masoncontractorslongisland.com
    Curious if anyone has worked with them in the past and if so, did they help you out?

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