The Delicate Balance of Piled Stones
Michael Grab, continues to practice the delicate and meditative art of balanced stones placement, shingle and pebbles to make small towers that seem to defy gravity. He explains on its website that the technique is to feel the rough stones finding points that form a small tripod with the bottom one for stability.
Balance requires a minimum of THREE contact points. Luckily, every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a NATURAL TRIPOD for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks.
By paying close attention to the vibrations of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest “clicks” as the notches of the rocks are moving over one another. In the finest “point-balances”, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimeters, and in rare cases can even go undetected, in which case intuition and experience become quite useful.