Octagenarian has spent a decade of his retirement restoring Massachusetts stone walls

Countless stone walls criss-cross Massachusetts. Bill Doherty, 87, of Westwood, has spent his retirement restoring and rebuilding it. For about a decade, he’s been doing the pioneering work of selecting and arranging the stones to build sturdy walls without mortar or cement. He’s a former shopper who has completed hundreds of walls since his so-called retirement, and he has no plans to slow down. “It’s better than sitting in the rocking chair,” he said. I believe. “His work can be admired from Medfield to Stow. Doherty’s most recent project, a rare paid gig, is a new 250-foot wall for Michael Brait. “He’s nearly three weeks old and dropped nearly 70 tons of boulders,” Brait said of Doherty’s progress. I don’t know how he does it. “Doherty’s trial can be unconventional at times.” I don’t lift my legs. I think that’s an old woman’s story, “he said. But he’s always methodical.” You always have to step back and watch. “Doherty estimates it will be about two weeks before the wall on Brait’s property is finished. If that’s done, he already has other projects in line. If you’re interested in his services, he says you can just stop by and start a conversation the next time you see him.

Countless stone walls criss-cross Massachusetts.

Bill Doherty, 87, of Westwood, has spent his retirement restoring and rebuilding it. For about a decade, he’s been doing the pioneering work of selecting and arranging the stones to build sturdy walls without mortar or cement.

He’s a former shopper who has completed hundreds of walls since his so-called retirement, and he has no plans to slow down.

“It’s better than sitting in the rocking chair,” he said. “They always say that exercise is good for a longer life. I believe in it.”

His work can be admired from Medfield to Stow. Doherty’s most recent project, a rare paid gig, is a new 250-foot wall for Michael Brait.

“He’s nearly three weeks old and dropped nearly 70 tons of boulders,” Brait said of Doherty’s progress. “You have to see it for yourself. At 87, it’s just an amazing achievement. I don’t know how he does it.”

Doherty’s process can be unconventional at times.

“I don’t lift my legs, I think this is an old woman’s story,” he said.

But he’s always methodical.

“You always have to step back and watch.”

Doherty estimates it will take about two weeks to complete the wall on Brait’s property. When that is done, he already has other projects in line.

If you’re interested in his service, he says that you can just come over and start a conversation the next time you see him.

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