Steps

NATURAL STONE AND SEA SHELL
BLUESTONE TREADS AND VENEER RISERS
BLACK MOUNTAIN GRANITE
RECLAIMED GRANITE CURB

Retaining Walls

MACHU PICCHU
HOW IT'S BUILT
SALT AND PEPPER GRANITE

Inspiration 

Wellfleet Mason Tyler Hale's first apprenticeship was with Joao Delgado building tall, structurally engineered dry stone walls retaining highways in the Metro Boston area.  Delgado instilled in Tyler a deep appreciation for the ancient techniques and structural physics that create true "free standing stonework" - stonework like the walls of Machu Picchu and Ancient Rome that stand on the strength of gravity, impervious to the elements and the passage of time.

The walls of Machu Picchu have stood on a 45 degree slope for over 500 years amid torrential seasonal rains and regular earthquakes that have repeatedly toppled modern architecture nearby.  Notice the corners - these require the most extraordinary stones and most careful engineering.

HADRIAN'S WALL, ENGLAND

Emperor Hadrian's stone wall was built in 100 AD to serve as the northern border of the Roman empire.

Tall retaining wall with precise stone masonry built c. 550 BC.

DELPHI, GREECE
TROY

Archeologists believe the fabled walls of Homer's Troy were built over 3,500 years ago.  Instead of corners, this large stone retaining wall features notches to facilitate a curve that encircled the ancient city.  Corners not only pose an engineering challenge, they expose a structure to undermining with battering rams and pry bars.

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