Books About Stone

Stone by Design

More than 125 gorgeous photographs showcase the beauty of award-winning stonemason Lew French's work in eight different homes, illustrating how rounded fieldstone, gray slate, rough granite, and even curvy driftwood can be incorporated into stunning pieces of functional art.


  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith (August 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586854437
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586854430
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.4 x 0.9 inches

Building Stone Walls

Includes equipment requirements, instructions for creating wall foundations, coping with drainage problems, and hints for incorporating gates, fences, and stiles.

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 3, 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882660748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882660745
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.3 inches

Fire Places: A Practical Design Guide

Whether you crave a fireplace as a source of heat or a center of ambience, Fire Places can help you sort through the choices. Gitlin, an architect, provides a thorough look at types of fireplaces and their construction, as well as the many materials and design possibilities for indoor and outdoor fireplaces. She also includes information on stoves and wood alternatives such as gas, corn and pellets. The many photos that illustrate the book provide inspiration.


  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; illustrated edition edition (November 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561588350
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561588350
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9 x 0.8 inches

Stonework: Techniques and Projects

Readers will learn to collect and handle stone while creating walls, stairs, pools, and even waterfalls.


  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Third Printing edition (January 10, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882669761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882669762
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches

In the Company of Stone

Dan Snow builds stone walls without benefit of mortar or other binding material. This ancient dry-stone method is experiencing a revival, and Snow's In the Company of Stone is full of moody photos of recent landscape projects, some of which look as if they'd been part of the scenery for centuries. Snow's poetic commentary and a helpful appendix of design detail make for an inspiring, informative book.


  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (January 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579653472
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579653477
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 10.5 x 0.6 inches

Art of The Stonemason

Drawing on five generations of family tradition as stonemasons in his native Scotland, Ian Cramb created this masterful work to pass on his knowledge and experience to craftsmen who wish to learn the ancient, but still necessary, principles of the stonemason's art. Since original publication by Betterway Books in 1992, this book has established itself as an essential learning tool for masons doing new construction and also those engaged in restoration of historic stone structures.


  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Hood, Alan C. & Company, Inc. (February 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0911469273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0911469271
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches

Building with Stone

An introduction to the art and craft of creating stone structures with step-by-step project instructions.


  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 8, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882665502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882665504
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches


British artist Andy Goldsworthy, known for creating art outdoors and from natural materials, has now built a 2,278-foot stone wall at Storm King Art Center, a sculpture park on the Hudson River in Mountainville, New York. This sensitive and detailed response to the land-former farmland in an area once rich in stone walls-is one of his most impressive and important permanent artworks...


  • Hardcover: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Early printing edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810945592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810945593
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.5 x 0.7 inches

Sunset Landscaping with Stone

Another always-popular volume in Sunset’s line of outdoor building books, Landscaping with Stone is a fundamental resource for realizing the potential of virtually any garden. That’s because stone is resilient, organic, and colorful—its versatility is legendary. This essential book helps gardeners make the most of stone, with design ideas and step-by-step how-to instructions for everything from paths to walls to waterfalls.


  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Oxmoor House; First Edition edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0376034785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0376034786
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches

Stone by Stone

"To know New England well, one must know its stone walls," writes the author of this authoritative paean to the structures he calls the "signatures of rural New England." There were once approximately 240,000 miles of stone walls in New England, and Thorson, a professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Connecticut, combines natural history and human history as he tells the story of the walls and how they were built.


  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Walker & Company (March 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802776876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802776877
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.4 x 1 inches

Build your own stone house

Complete instructions on tools, materials, estimating, siting, excavating, and using and removing forms.


  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Garden Way Pub; First edition (1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882660691
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882660691
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.4 inches

The Granite Kiss

In this elegant, literate primer, a master stonemason imparts the fundamentals of building traditional New England-style dry stone walls, along with thoughts on the history, aesthetics, and philosophy of the craft of placing stone.


  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Countryman; Reprint edition (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0881505463
  • ISBN-13: 978-0881505467
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.9 x 0.6 inches

Ten Landscapes: Stephen Stimson

Each volume in the Ten Landscapes series presents a detailed, inside look at the outstanding work of the most innovative individual landscape garden designers working today. Each book features ten gardens by a single premier landscape designer. All ten landscapes are illustrated with beautiful photography, plans, drawings, sketches, and details of important garden elements. In addition, each project is accompanied by a discussion of the design concept, the designer/client relation and the creative process.


  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers; illustrated edition edition (February 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564968588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564968586
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 8.4 x 0.4 inches

Waterscaping: Plants and Ideas

Soothing sounds, magnificent reflections, interesting and unusual plants - water in the garden is captivating.  Whether you are installing a commercially produced pond, own property with an existing stream or pond, or face the challenge of landscaping a “too wet” area of your yard, Judy Glattstein has you covered.  Here in one beautiful book is everything you need to know about water gardening.


  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (January 5, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882666061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882666068
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.4 inches

Ultimate Outdoor Kitchens

Everyone loves a backyard barbeque in the mid-summer sun-author Michelle Kodis shows how to take that idea to an innovative new level! From a "Whimsical Outdoor Martini Bar" to an "Adobe Kitchen Enclosure," Ultimate Outdoor Kitchens features projects that reflect a range of styles, from sleek modernism to rustic country, with a wide array of architectural influences. With twenty-six chapters divided into three easy-to-navigate sections, Kodis makes it easy to determine which design style and budget will fit your backyard best.


  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Gibbs Smith, Publisher; 1 edition (August 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586857916
  • ASIN: B001O9CEZU
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.7 x 0.7 inches

Stonescaping Idea Book

The right kind of stone and how you incorporate it in your landscape and garden can make all the difference. Stone, a broad term that includes pavers, fieldstones, bricks, rocks and boulders, and stone veneer, can be used to create a distinct yet practical component to any yard. And with the variety of natural and manufactured stone products widely available today, incorporating stone in the landscape is no longer out of reach.


  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press; illustrated edition edition (March 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156158763X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561587636
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9 x 0.6 inches

The Stonebuilder's Primer

This volume is a fine, if concise, introduction to the joys and problems of constructing living spaces with stone. In 11 chapters and an epilog, Long details the basics of building with field stone, taking each step in the rough chronology of the building process. His prose is open and friendly, and the illustrations, both line drawings and photographs, deepen the text. Long's "compromise method" of construction provides a simpler method of construction than has otherwise been traditionally embraced with stone. A delight and an important work for the aspiring nonprofessional stonemason.


  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Firefly Books; Revised and Expanded edition (October 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552092984
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552092989
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches

The Art of the Japanese Garden

Gardening has reached new heights of sophistication, and this book profiles a number of the most notable gardens in Japan and beyond. The goal of a Japanese garden is to suggest a landscape, to depict famous natural scenes, or to evoke a particular artistic quality or atmosphere. Graveled courtyards, early aristocratic gardens, Zen gardens, and several other elements all play key roles in these extravagant landscapes.


  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tuttle Publishing (October 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804835985
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804835985
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.6 x 0.8 inches

Reflections on the Pool

From Sonoma wine country in the north to sun-drenched La Jolla in the south, and from Malibu's seaside enclaves to Palm Springs nestled in the desert, California's distinctive regions are home to many of the world's most stunning swimming pools.


  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; illustrated edition edition (March 15, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847820149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847820146
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 9.5 x 0.9 inches

The Distinctive Home

Jeremiah Eck believes that distinctive homes are a result of a balance between site, floor plan, exterior elements and interior details," The Distinctive Home" is arranged by each of these four key elements, with examples of each. His tone is accessible and friendly, taking the homeowner by the hand and walking them through each element. Eck's practical and thoughtful approach to home design will enable the homeowner to articulate exactly what they require in order to create a house that reflects their needs, lifestyle and spirit.


  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Taunton Press (April 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1561587397
  • ISBN-13: 978-1561587391
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.1 x 0.3 inches