I am in the middle of a project to save my property from gradual erosion caused by poor drainage and lots of rain. Newt and others offered me some great advice to get me started and the project is turning out pretty well. The catch with the project is that I have virtually no money for it. My wife and I both recently lost our jobs. So every bit of dirt was hand dug, every stone hand sorted. No rentals, no purchases. On the plus side we are very green. Only the gas in the lawnmower (but it is an old push hand mower, not even self propelled for 1.5 acres) However, we did want to bring in some really large landscaping stones. The big, big ones you get from quarries. We wanted to get one for the center of our rain garden that could serve as an outdoor picnic area. In my area the prices per ton for these stones is surprisingly inexpensive. While I was at the quarry I had an idea. Retaining wall stones cost a fortune for as much linear footage as I am covering. Looks nice but is just not possible in our current situation. However, if I were able to CUT the stone myself from the big slabs I could fashion (with great effort and time) my own walls or borders for a fraction of the cost. I don't mind the time or hard work. I just hand dug a trench 195' long in horribly compacted, stony, and root filled dirt. If I have to sit there with a masonry hammer and a small chisel and chip away for hours I will do it. I just don't know how. Does anyone?