The Garden Guide

Book: Landscape Gardening in Japan, 1912
Chapter: Chapter 2. Garden Stones

Chotan-kaku Long-and-short Work

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In some places�such as in front of a verandah or a flower bed�it is customary to lay a single rectangular slab of hewn granite, or a number of tooled stones of irregular sizes fitted together in broken bond, and forming a regular strip. The latter arrangement is called "Long-and-short Work" (Chotan-kaku), the slabs having wide joints, filled in with a kind of mortar or clay. Sometimes such rectangular strips are composed partly of hewn slabs, and partly of a kind of concrete consisting of large pebbles bedded in mortar.