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Stone Walls in New England with Kevin Gardner

Sunday March 29, 2020
2:00 PM until 3:00 PM

Expert Kevin Gardner will give a talk about stone walls in New England.  Mr. Garder's informal presentation covers the history, technique, stylistic development, and aesthetics of stone walls.  He explains how and why New England came to acquire it's thousands of miles of stone walls, and their significance to the famous landscape here.  During this program Kevin occupies himself building a miniature wall or walls on a tabletop, using tiny stones from a five-gallon bucket.  He will bring along his collection of books about stonework, and copies of the two books he has written will be available for sale.

This speaker is a lifelong resident of Hopkinton, NH and like a lot of independent rural Yankees, he has worked as a jack of many trades: a builder, logger, writer, teacher, radio voice, and even an actor and director.  For more than 40 years, Kevin has been a stone wall builder in a family business widely known for traditional New England stonework, particularly for historic restoration of antique structures.  In 2001, he published The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls and in May 2017, his second book called Stone Building: How To Make New England Style Walls and Other Structures the Old Way was published.  He also has published poetry, songs, and essays, including "Land of Stone," an examination of several historic sites in the Monadnock Region, in the 2006 anthology Where the Mountain Stands Alone

Your host today will be Friends member Connie Spiros, and this program is kindly sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library.  Please join her for a fun and educational afternoon!

Location: Keys Community Room
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