the traditional craft of stone construction
Georg Muller has written a most wonderful new book called 'Europe's Field Boundaries in 2 volumes. Georg basically spent the last 30 years traveling around Europe surveying dry stone walls, hedged banks etc in most European countries (Ireland, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Croatia, Greece etc etc)
He has photos, dimensions, maps, details of construction, where they are, how many of each type etc etc.
I met Georg and his wife in Ireland a few years ago and have been in touch with him by email since. I also met him in Cumbria at an international conference there. He's from Germany, hasn't much English and his books are translated from his native tongue.
With his two books he has done more to highlight the quantity, quality, diversity, loss and vulnerability of what remains than anyone else I know of. If a European institution or a university had achieved what Georg has done it would be considered a monumental task.
One of the wonderful aspects of the book is how easy it is to do comparative studies across Europe.
It shows clearly what Ireland has compared to many other European countries and it makes it so obvious that we need to both protect and maintain what we have, it's a huge asset for our future.
The books are beautifully bound with gold leaf.
If there's ever a special book you want, a once in a life time book on the subject, this is it.
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