Stone Sitting Walls

Stone sitting walls average about 18 inches in elevation off the ground, and many of them double as stone retaining walls. Only one of the ones pictured here is freestanding – no soil behind it.

Some of these are curved, and some are straight. The curved sitting walls I build draw inspiration from the in-ground kivas built by Native Americans in the southwestern US. Most of the ones I build have alignment with cardinal directions, and several of them have more complex markings such as solstice, equinox, and lunar standstills.

Single slabs work best as the top surface of a sitting wall. They last longer than smaller stones placed or mortared together.