Cairns: Messengers in Stone

Praise for author David B Williams Makes stones sing Kirkus Reviews Williams s lively mixture of hard science and piquant lore is sure to fire the readers curiosity Publisher s Weekly Part history, part folklore, part geology Features charming black and white illustrationsFrom meadow trails to airy mountaintops and wide open desert, cairns those seemingly randPraise for author David B Williams Makes stones sing Kirkus Reviews Williams s lively mixture of hard science and piquant lore is sure to fire the readers curiosity Publisher s Weekly Part history, part folklore, part geology Features charming black and white illustrationsFrom meadow trails to airy mountaintops and wide open desert, cairns those seemingly random stacks of rocks are surprisingly rich in stories and meaning For thousands of years cairns have been used by people to connect to the landscape and communicate with others, and are often an essential guide to travelers Cairns, manmade rock piles can indicate a trail, mark a grave, serve as an altar or shrine, reveal property boundaries or sacred hunting grounds, and even predict astronomical activity The Inuit have than two dozen terms to describe cairns and their uses In Cairns Messengers in Stone, geologist and acclaimed nature writer David B Williams Stories in Stone Travels through Urban Geology explores the history of cairns from the moors of Scotland to the peaks of the Himalaya where they come from, what they mean, why they re used, how to make cairns, and Cairns are so much than a random pile of rocks, knowing how to make cairns can drastically alter the meaning of the formation Hikers, climbers, travelers, gardeners, and nature buffs alike will delight in this quirky, captivating collection of stories about cairns.
Cairns Messengers in Stone Praise for author David B Williams Makes stones sing Kirkus Reviews Williams s lively mixture of hard science and piquant lore is sure to fire the readers curiosity Publisher s Weekly Part history pa

  • Title: Cairns: Messengers in Stone
  • Author: David B. Williams
  • ISBN: 9781594856
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Paperback
  • What s with all those stacks of stones in the woods What s with all those stacks of stones in the woods Cairns Piles of balanced rocks on a trail Sometimes they serve a purpose Mostly they re just there. Kev Carmody Early years Kev Carmody was born in in Cairns, Queensland.His father was a second generation Irish descendant, his mother an Indigenous Australian His younger brother, Laurie, was born three and a half years later. Listen Online . LightFM Other Options We recommend the TuneIn app which has LightFM in its station directory The app is available for free on iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackbe Shamanism Australia Shaman Cairns Reflexology Cairns Guaranteed to get to the source of your issue with shamanic healing Renowned shaman in Australia Definition of shamanism. Center of Gravity A Guide to the Practice of Rock Center of Gravity A Guide to the Practice of Rock Balancing Peter Juhl on FREE shipping on qualifying offers Rock balancing is a growing art form that uses ordinary rocks to create startling ephemeral sculptures. The Aberlour Strathspey Highland Games Traditional Highland Games in Aberlour include a packed programme of track and field events, highland dancing competitions, stalls and other attractions for all the family. Bedrock Sandals Cairn Sandals Men s REI Co op From peaks to rapids, Bedrock Cairn sandals are built for modern adventure An innovative secure strap system and exclusive Vibram soles let ALBERTA SPORTS REP ASSOCIATION ASRA Product Lines Absolute Canada Absolute Canada Footwear Agency West Geddes Agencies Ltd Murray Geddes, Carol Jeske Carol Robin Vikingskip Viking ships Avaldsnes Ulike typer vikingskip Langskip som skeid, busse, sud, snekke etc Handelsskip som knarr og byrding Leidangskip og leidangen Strrelsen p vikingskip Crymych NAME The name Crymych has existed since the dark Ages although the village itself only developed following the construction of the Railway.

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    1. Very early in this book the author wonders out loud whether it was a male or a female who built "that first cairn." He answers this really besides-the-point question with an equally silly answer: I tend to think it was some guy. He comes to this conclusion based, he says, on "circumstantial evidence", because "guys like to play with rocks, to build and engineer things, and to throw rocks." The direct evidence is that the author prefers rocks to logic. "Not that there aren't gals out there who do [...]

    2. David Williams has a very special way of looking at the worldarting with just a pile of rocks.Cairns: Messengers in Stone, is one seriously clever, entertaining, and informative book. As author David B. Williams examines the natural and unnatural history of cairns, the people who make and use them, the stones they're made of and how they age, and what grows upon and around them, he treats the reader to a rich and involving story that in less capable hands might have been merely a disordered midd [...]

    3. I've always thought of cairns as relatively benign little rock piles that point the way. After reading Williams' book Cairns: Messengers in Stone, I won't make that mistake again! He gives the reader an exhaustive tour of dozens of cairns all over the world -- including one that contains over 50,000 stones and a group of cairns that featured prominently in a 1800's "missing persons" case that reeks of cannibalism. Who knew that cairns have served as post offices, poetry depots, public art, shrin [...]

    4. In Cairns: Messengers in Stone, naturalist and geologist David B. Williams talks not only about the history of these manmade stone path markers, but the variety of styles, materials used (here's where the geology comes in handy), and several specific cairns that have interesting anecdotes with them. There are also personal confessions of cairn busting (when working for the park services, they really hate it when hikers build their own cairns leading off the trails), and instructions on how to bu [...]

    5. It’s not uncommon to find stone cairns used as trail markers; without such guides to mark the trail, a hiker might easily become lost in a strange and unfamiliar landscape. But cairns have also been used throughout the world as more than just trail markers. They offer a tangible space to pause and get our bearings. They hint for us to stop and listen to the wind. We may stand at a cairn and remember or turn within to ponder the meaning in this pile of stones. What does this place mean? What ar [...]

    6. Love.Devoting my life to the mountains, I always have found comfort in cairns. "At the most basic level, you can define a carin as a pile of rocks. But this definition doesn't do justice to the myriad shapes and sizes of carins found around the globe. Nor does it convey the many reasons that people have build carins for thousands of years. Yet, when you see a cairn, whether lovingly built and maintained or slapped up for a single use, you know what you are looking at. You know that someone has t [...]

    7. Sometime ago someone said "if you are not spending time trying to find the trail - you are not spending enough time outside" not sure who or where the quote came from but it motivated me to read David Williams little book Cairns. Turns out it is not so little and goes into great detail and depth about the history of Cairns, the environmental aspect, dating of cairns and much more.So much, that the next time I see one, it will automatically trigger questions like who made it, how long ago and is [...]

    8. The author has something of a love-hate relationship with piles of rocks that people have placed in the landscape for various reasons. As a National Park Service ranger, he knocked them down, and he rails here against their casual use and potential to mislead hikers. On the other hand, he admires and has collected fascinating examples of their use in many cultures, not just as waystations, but as other markers in the landscape. "Maybe that is one of the appeals of cairns", he writes, "that someo [...]

    9. Right away you can tell that Williams enjoyed writing this book. His experience traveling around the world and working as a park ranger really beefed up the chapters of his book. He simply loves cairns. He loves every little thing about them! From a scientific viewpoint to tales of legends and lore, Williams makes you care a little bit more about those small (or LARGE) piles of rock that can be found all around the globe or right in your backyard. Now I will probably never build a cairn unless I [...]

    10. Over the past couple years, as I have become more of a hiker, I have been fascinated with the cairns that I have occasionally seen by the side of the trail. I have often wondered why they were there and who built them. This book answered those questions and others that I didn't even know I had. I found the chapters on dating the age of cairns and expedition cairns the most intriguing.

    11. There was some interesting information here--I used this book for some research for a novel I'm writing--but overall, the author's voice made it hard to enjoy.

    12. Perhaps a bit too esoteric. My preference would have been that it concentrated more heavily on cairns and their role in exploration. Still, for a book about piles of rocks, an enjoyable read.

    13. Cairns, is a delightful hike through the history of these curious piles of rock. It is a thorough & at times witty view, making the reader want to hit the trail, with a rock from home.

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