Building Walls

This week we have been in San Antonio working at the San José Mission National Monument.  We have been here before doing plaster work, but this week we are learning masonry.  We are building a retaining wall near the grist mill to replace an older one that had fallen down.

So here is a bit of the process.

Sifting Portland Cement to get all the fines.

Getting all the ingredients ready for the mortar.

Mix it all up.

Shape the stone to make it fit just right.

Mortar it into place and clean it up.

Step back and check the process and the lines.

Watch spring come in as the mortar dries.