Slipform stone masonry is a method for making a reinforced concrete wall with stone facing in which stones and mortar are built up in courses within reusable slipforms. It is a cross between traditional mortared stone wall and a veneered stone wall.
As can simply be put forward the method of building. Short forms are placed on both sides of the wall to serve as a guide for the stone work. The stones are placed inside the forms with the good faces against the form work. Concrete is poured in behind the rocks. Rebar is added for strength, to make a wall that is approximately half reinforced concrete and half stonework. The wall can be faced with stone on one side or both sides. After the concrete sets enough to hold the wall together, the forms are “slipped’ up to pour the next level. With slipforms it is easy for a novice to build free-standing stone walls.
Stone houses have both enduring and endearing qualities about them. Enter one and an immediate and palpable aura of timelessness becomes apparent, and makes all other forms of construction seem fragile in comparison. Building with materials as old as nature also makes a home seem as if it were part of the story of the land. A monument to your family.
The video here by Thomas J. Elpel and Robert Taylor, takes you to the journey of building a beautiful home using the slipform stone masonry. The video offers interesting instances around the building work. Also highlights the technical aspects to be kept in mind during the construction.
Slipform Stone Masonry Process