Dragon Wall
       
     
Adobe patio & Dry Lay Stone Wall
       
     
Curves of Creation
       
     
Custom Curves
       
     
The Tail Of The Dragon
       
     
Every Stone Has A Face
       
     
The Belly Of The Dragon
       
     
Dragon Wall
       
     
Dragon Wall

The head of the dragon is on the right side, between the solar panels and the chair & table.  This is a functioning French drain that carries water from the hillside above the pool, around it on both sides.  

Adobe patio & Dry Lay Stone Wall
       
     
Adobe patio & Dry Lay Stone Wall

On the left is a true adobe block patio, surrounded by local stone way up in the highlands above Carmel Valley, Ca.  

Curves of Creation
       
     
Curves of Creation

There is not one flat surface on this wall.  Every stone face had to be either concave -  (, or convex - ),  We didn't use any concrete in this wall creation, except for a few to hold the top stones in the bench in the center of the picture in place when people sit on them.

Custom Curves
       
     
Custom Curves

The stairs, benches, back rests and shelving in this magical dragon wall are all curving and undulating. 

The Tail Of The Dragon
       
     
The Tail Of The Dragon

The tee-pee poles are above the tail of the dragon adobe patio.  Those poles usually have large cloth strung up on them, creating a shady space to sit.  The organic garden above this wall grew vegetables that helped to feed Tassajara Retreat Center.

Every Stone Has A Face
       
     
Every Stone Has A Face

If you look closely , you will see that every stone has a face.  Every face is either curving in or out, depending on where it is in the wall.  All these stones are so well placed, that we did not use any concrete except for a little bit where the steps are and along the top of the wall.

The Belly Of The Dragon
       
     
The Belly Of The Dragon

Here is a view of the 'belly' of the dragon.  A 13 person circular bench where half has a backrest and half is freestanding.  This took me weeks to do, but it was worth it and in such a beautiful location.