How to Build a Dry-Stacked Retaining Wall

Learn how to build a retaining wall using a variety of native stones in different shapes and sizes.

By John Shaw-Rimmington   

March 2018

dry-stacked retaining wall foundation

How to Build Dry-Stacked Stone Walls: Design and Build Walls, Bridges and Follies Without Mortar (Firefly, 2016), by John Shaw-Rimmington, guides readers through step-by-step instructions for a variety of dry-stacked stone walls. Learn how to find native stones to save on costs. Follow the instructions as well as the photographs while building the wall. Find this excerpt in Chapter 2, “Stone Walls.”

surface limestone granite 

Buckhorn Wall

There is an abundance of surface limestone and gran­ite rocks in the Buckhorn area of Ontario. On this property alone, there was so much stone to be found in the hedgerows, as well as from the excavation sites for the pool and house, that no extra stone had to be brought in. There were some areas on the property where attempts had been made in the past to build with this gnarly stone, so we have tried to emulate this style in the walls we have built.