Sunday, October 18, 2009

Day 291: Russell Park Dry Stone Bridge

We read about it in the local paper and went to have a look - this is a dry stone bridge - a bridge put together just with stones - no mortar. You can learn more about the process here. The key - is the keystone - just as in other arches. You can see a detail below.
Russell Bridge
First they built a wooden structure or scaffold underneath and placed the stones on top. The keystone, once it was wedged in holds the stones together by the pressure they exert on each other. I find it amazing that people discovered this possibility long ago. Though most structures are built with mortar, it is the same principal of wedge shaped blocks of stone (voussoirs) leading to the keystone that creates an arch. There are arches built on this principal that still stand since Roman times. Ah - the ingenuity of man.

5 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I love that kind of stonework. And yes, amazing that it all holds together in an arch without mortar.

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  2. Fascinating. Thankyou for the information and photos, Susan.

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  3. Ditto other comments - love the shadows, too!

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  4. Unfortunately the link to the bridge info doesnt work. here is one that does.
    http://www.dswa.ca/event/macdougall-park-bridge-workshop-near-ottawa

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  5. Thanks John. I guess the web site was changed since I wrote this blog post. I'll make the change.

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