If you have followed a number of the posts on this blog, you would find that we have been doing front yard ‘landscaping’. We built a paver stone pad for our corn hole games… and then got completely carried away and built a pizza oven. You can see the posts on that here (Part 1), here (Part 2) and here (Part 3). If you take a look at these, make sure you click on the videos to see the videos – the best part 🙂
To complete this section of the yard we decided to build a little pony wall and ‘decorate’ it with solid rock face made from mossy rocks we would collect in the forest. Little did we know when we took on this project how much work it would really be!
Once we dug and poured the footer, laid the block wall and filled it with concrete we were ready to begin the real work!
First we collected a number of trailers full of hand selected flat mossy rocks from the woods.
Then we carefully put a large rock base layer along the bottom.
We chiseled rocks that were too roundy or large, down to a more flat even size.
And proceeded to build up the wall with stone.
Because they were such large stones we used screws anchored in the wall to hold them in place, mortared the back side, and used large metal ‘sticks’ to clamp them in place while they dried.
We worked side to side every day, picking the perfect rock to fit into its given space, trying to maintain as small of grout lines as possible.
When all the rocks were in place, we used die to color our grout and custom applied and finessed the grout between each rock.
Finally we made a cardboard template for the rock top. The rock top will be custom cut to our template from rock we pick from the rock quarry in Drake, AZ (about 3-4 hrs from our home).
Whew! A lot of hard work pays off with a beautiful detail wall.