QUEBEC BUILDS ITS FIRST
DRY STONE CABANON!
(aprince[at]technipierreheritage.com), co-manager of the Montreal-based
"Technipierre Héritage" company in Quebec, has kindly
apprised CERAV of what is unquestionably a first in the "Belle
Province", ie the building of a dry stone cabanon.
We are pleased
to publish below, the report and photos we received. This great
achievement by our cousins across the Atlantic bodes well for the survival
of a building craft that we hold dear.
to congratulate Alain Prince and his team of builders on their successful
Site of the "Les pierres de Saint-Canut" company at Saint-Canut
(three quarters of an hour's drive to the north of Montreal, close to the
to sort out the stones and build the cabanon.
41 tons of stone
(hard, beige-yellowish sandstone with a 1.4m3 density and an 85% silica content).
Height of vault = 3.30 m
Overall height = 3.63 m
Outside diameter of base part
= 3.65 m
Inside diameter = 1.90 m
Entrance: height =
1.60 m, width = 0.70 m
Window: height = 0.60 m,
width = 0.33 m
Depth of concrete
foundation slab = 30 cm, height of drain of crushed stones and base part = 1.80
Estimated cost (material,
labour and general terms): about CAN $30 000.
Duration: from 5th to 14th
December 2003 (average outside temperature: - 8 Celsius degrees).
The building experiment
will feature in a documentary dealing with traditional crafts in Quebec and due
to be released in Spring. A study conducted by an engineer is also in the pipeline.
With a bit of luck, there may be a rash of dry stone cabanons in the near
The team of builders
The initial layers of the base part
Tackling the roof
Vault and roof go up at the same time
The corbelling becomes more and more pronounced
Quebec's first dry stone cabanon
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© Alain Prince - CERAV
March 13th, 2004
To be referenced as:
Alain Prince, Quebec builds its first dry stone cabanon!
March 13th, 2004