The technique of “dry stone” construction consists in assembling stones with no mortar, water is not necessary, hence the name… dry stone. This millennium technique is very present in Provence.
In the bend of a path, maybe you will fall upon a “borie” (a dry stone hut using the vault technique as in corbelled construction), a “restanque”
(a dry stone wall), an “apiès” (a niche with bee hive), a well…which are real works of art lost in the middle of nowhere. Dry stone walls are very practical because they aid drainage and prevent the erosion of the ground. They also have the ability to store heat from the sun in the daytime and restore it during the night. We restore and create every type of stone buildings in dry stone.
A small commentary dedicated to Emmanuel Six. By TF1 news at 13h during « les Journées des Métiers d'Art».
Made during this stone wall restoration.
(31st March 2011)
Type of rock : hard limestone (natural in our area).
Type of rock : sandstone.
"Rue en calade" describes a road with a surface composed in this way — essentially a cobblestone road. These are found predominantly in the French region of Provence, and generally in the Mediterranean area.
Steps and the wall are made of the same stone.
Do not hesitate to ask us for a free estimate or for further information.
We signed up to the national charter of dry stone masons which adhere to the following principles :
= > to bring the technical solutions to insure the stability of grounds which are essential in landscape and water management.
= > global approach of sustainable development.
= > protect dry stone works.
= > insure an environmentally-friendly stone supply.
= > apply the rules of craftsmanship corresponding to the constructions of dry stone breast walls.