QUEBEC BUILDS ITS FIRST
DRY STONE CABANON!
Alain Prince (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.
CERAV wishes to congratulate Alain Prince and
his team of builders on their successful venture.
Location : 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 airport).
350 man-hours to sort out the stones and build
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
- 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 future.
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
This article is To be referenced as :
Alain Prince, Quebec builds its first dry stone cabanon!
March 13th, 2004