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Dry stone walls are a distinguishing and attractive feature of upland Britain, yet there are many in a state of disrepair. Shot in the beautiful landscape of north Wales, this inspiring film guides the viewer through the technique of building and repairing a dry stone wall. Embarking on a repair to a wall section, Andy Radford goes down to the foundations to rebuild the wall cheek with stone runners, through stones and coping stones. As the repair progresses, he fills between the runners with hearting and explains the importance of bridging stones and pinning. This companion DVD to "A Guide to Dry Stone Walling" covers tools and safety, dismantling the wall, preparations and foundations, grading stones, laying foundations, and building the wall.
Dry stone walling is one of the oldest of countryside crafts, and these attractive structures form one of the most striking features of the rural landscape, whether on upland pasture, fell or moorland. The author looks into the history of dry stone walling before demonstrating how to build a wall with step-by-step explanations accompanied by photographs and diagrams. Topics include: how to acquire suitable stone; tools of the trade; basic walling technique; building or repairing a curved wall; walling on slopes and gapping, retaining walls and variations.
Whether you need a fence that will protect large livestock such as cattle and horses, or an enclosure for a few chickens, or any size of stock enclosure inbetween, A Guide to Stock Fencing contains a wealth of practical information and advice. Topics covered include: guidance on purchasing the correct materials and tools, and the best retailers to do business with; the basic post-and-rail fence, including the ideal equestrian enclosure; specialist fences for different livestock; dealing with variations in local topography, including fencing on slopes and crossing rivers and streams; adding stiles to gates to a fence; and finally, advanced fencing techniques including how to secure posts in shallow or soft ground.
"Building Countryside Paths and Tracks" aims to introduce the reader to the methods required to construct rights of way, from knowing how to navigate a path's definitive line using a map and compass to the inclusion of footbridges across streams and rivers. A practical step-by-step guide to creating, repairing and restoring a path or track, this book also discusses important safety procedures, materials and tools. Although aimed primarily at somebody wishing to embark on a practical countryside career, this book is also an essential guide for anyone interested in the background of countryside maintenance. Furthermore, the projects herein can be used in garden projects or for agricultural purposes, and therefore are useful for all those involved in the maintenance of the countryside or landscape gardening. This work includes detailed advice on the constructions of: timber steps, stone steps; timber revetments; access gates, stone stiles, wooden stiles; footbridges; stone pitching; paths, waymarking and gabions.
As a rider, testing your skill over jumps is one of the most exhilarating experiences. Part of developing the confidence to soar over the pole or rail comes from an understanding of the nature of the jump - and how better to understand this than to know how it is built, or, better sA practical, step-by-step guide to the construction of a set of show jumps and their associated fillers, Building Show Jumps explains everything you need to know clearly, concisely, and with numerous photographs and diagrams.till, build your own.; Starting techniques and building sturdy feet; Basic jumps, rectangle wings and standard wings; Spread jumps, pillars and stile jumps; Considers health and safety, tools and materials
If you are considering buying a horse or are about to receive a pony on loan, this superbly illustrated book will guide you through constructions that will benefit both animal and rider. May projects are discussed, along with step-by-step instructions on how to build them. Topics covered include accommodation, as well as background information on planning permission; post-and-rail fencing; dealing with destructive equines; easy to build, novice cross-country jumps; a step-by-step guide to building a pair of show-jump wings; and advice on purchasing the correct materials.
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