Numerous variations of stones can be used in constructing
stone piers. These stones can be classified into
the two categories previously mentioned; ashlar and rubblestone.
Therefore, the pier can be built with a boxed rectangular
shape in mind (ashlar) or with a rustic non-uniform appearance (rubblestone).
Also as mentioned on the previous page, there are two methods
of stone pier construction; dry structure and mortared structure.
Extremely important to the desired look of the stone pier
is the size, shape, and colour of the stone.
Mortar caps are usually put on the top of stone piers to secure
ornamental pikes, small statuary, and poles. If poles are
secured, stone piers may be employed to hold up a gate that extends
across a driveway or to support birdfeeders.