Hang out with David Allen of Stone Point Studio for long enough and one is bound to experiment with Full Radial or Freestanding Arches. To be specific, I’m referring to a continuous 360 degree arch which fully self supports rather than relying on buttresses for added side support.
As far as I know, David Allen is the originator and relative master of this form, as well as several variations of it. If you’ve seen a heart version floating around on the interwebs, it was probably his work. However, his process usually involves some kind of form to more easily perfect the inner circle or shape of choice, physics allowing.
I’ve built countless freehand arches in my days, but never a full circle like this, and sticking to my usual style of freehand building, I decided to do it without a form.. a worthy new moon experiment to welcome Spring properly! highly wind resistant too! :))
I had a small round one in my pocket that I wanted to use to elevate the above round rock so it would sit at the center of the inner circle. but I accidentally lost it. more on that in the next post . . .