“Sometimes I can hear the rock as it claps and I know it has landed perfectly and most of that rock is sitting level,” Shrodo said. “A lot of times you need to shim the rock — put another underneath so it is level. The main thing is you want the rocks to lock so that the wall will last.”
About five years ago Shrodo built a retaining wall, stairs and landscaping accents for Jeff and Denise Smith of Otego.
“There isn’t anybody who comes to my house who doesn’t comment on this wall,” Denise Smith said. “It is beautiful. Before, my steps came right up from the road. He tore all that out. Now it is a nice entrance.”
Shrodo said his interest in stone walls was cultivated when he visited his grandfather’s estate in England.
“He had these fortress walls around his property,” Shrodo said. “In England, they built walls to keep people out. They also put the stones pointing upward on the top of the walls to make it harder to climb over them. My uncle builds walls in England. He has this rolling top he does where the height of the wall goes up and down. I am going to figure that out one day.”