The Man Who Moves Blocks: Stonehenge Mystery Unraveled By Guy Named Wally

Wally Wallington in Flint, Michigan, may have answered one of the great mysteries in history: how did the builders of Stonehenge move and stack such massive blocks without machinery.

Wally Wallington is one guy I would love to have on my next move. He moved a barn over 300 feet without a single machine or power tool.

Wally, you are a God.

24 thoughts on “The Man Who Moves Blocks: Stonehenge Mystery Unraveled By Guy Named Wally”

  1. @ AY

    I meant no disrespect to those in Michigan. Their future is grim. They’ve been let down by their leaders (business and government) for decades.

  2. Pete Moran,

    Of course they do. It is called loss of manufacturing jobs. Other than that the auto industry is present for some reason and its called ideals. Ever heard of Menlo Park, NJ? I guess they had a brighter ideal then.

  3. Very clever. Just what the Internets were invented for.

    Do people in Michigan have a lot of spare time these days?

  4. Buddha,

    I think that lately, laughter is a major distraction for what is happening to the USA we once knew–in all quarters of society, justice, law enforcement, business, religion, congress, the presidency, et cetera.

    This blawg is sometimes depressing–given the topics–however; it is most often an informative and welcomed distraction from the continuous bad news of the day.

    I try to bear in mind that there are still many good, decent, honest people in the world—like many who post herein—and that there will always be the ‘Wally’s of the World’ who keep on thinking and striving to move along against the most Sisyphean of challenges with quiet, unassuming confidence and resolve.

  5. FFLEO

    In re “Wally and the Beaver”

    I’m still laughing. Deftly delivered, sir. Well done.

  6. FFLEO:

    I met many guys like Wally and it was always a treat to learn from them. The greatest lesson though, and universally ingrained in those men, was the proposition that nothing is impossible if you put some thought and effort into it’s doing.

    The first 2 months I was in the oil field I would say that cant be done, after numerous times of having to eat crow I started asking what do we need to get that done and finally with a little experience I was telling the boss “just leave it to us”.

    When you can drill for oil in the middle of nowhere in 5 or 6 hundred feet of water not much seems beyond the ability of human beings to do or to grasp. Thank god for men like Wally, they show the rest of us what is possible.

  7. Byron,

    As former oil patch workers, Wally is our kind of guy. We had to move some heavey equipment, pipes, and the old hands taught me quickly how to use gravity, fulcrums, momentum, weight, wedges, shims, balancing, et cetera.

    I do not drink, but if ol’ Wally wanted a beer, I would break a longstanding personal pledge and buy him the brew of his choice.

    I have had the oportunity to work along side a few guys like Wally and you can find some very intelligent guys working at hard labor; however, Wally is in a blue collar class by himself.

  8. Yes, of course, Jill; ifin’ Wally sprinkled his stones with water–like he did the sand–then he would have *whetstones* with which to sharpen the hardest of razor blades.

  9. Yes, but will his stones sharpen razor blades?

    People like this are an amazing gift. Go Wally!!! R’Chard, it is impressive, you’re right about the thought it took as well as the skill.

  10. There are really only 2 kinds of human associates a man needs in life,

    ‘Wally n’ the Beaver’ (‘though not necessarily in that order…)

  11. With the techniques in the video, you could leapfrog two or more pillars or lintels for any distance – they could serve as their own road.

    Or lay large-ish flagstones, etc. This could be easier in some respects. You could do it with just two broad flat stones. Each must be large enough to disperse the weight of the block over a sufficient area of soil.

    Soil, sand, etc., will carry an astonishing load — I believe compacted sand will carry up to 10 tons per square foot. If you hit a muddy area you can firm it up by pounding in crushed rock till it won’t take any more. Or lay a corduroy road of logs, and put your flat stones on top of that. Or wait for a spell of dry weather.

    I watched the move of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in ’99. Matyiko Bros. & Expert House Movers did that with millions of dollars worth of steel, rollers, jacks, etc. Wally does it with stuff from the back yard. I can’t say which project impresses me more. It’s not so much the fulcrums and levers, it’s the patience and forethought.

  12. Does Mr. Wallington have a building permit for that? I did not see one posted.

    This activity would also appear to violate numerous zoning and work rules requirements.

    Was the excavation and trenching performed by a government authorized entity?

    If OSHA regulations don’t address this unorthodox procedure, how can it work?

    If Mr. Wallington chose to fly a flag on the top of this stone, would it be regulated as a building structure or as a flagpole?

  13. I like the idea but there were no concrete paths to place the little pebbles on in Stone Age Britain. What was his solution for spinning the blocks on muddy English soil? Great concept. Needs a little fine tuning.

  14. So which method works best for removing obstructions in the Senate? Rope and pulleys or the kite? I’m kinda partial to the dragged by the scruff of their necks method, but hey, it’s a big job. If the Egyptians or Mr. Wallington has a suggestion, I’m all ears.

  15. Why not, especially when the Egyptians used Ramps and Pulleys to construct the Pyramids.

    However, it is unknown whether the Ancient Egyptians had kites, but a team lead by Mory Gharib raised a 6,900-pound, 15-foot (4.6 m) obelisk into vertical position with a kite, a system of pulleys, and a support frame.[11]

    11/ ^ a b Caltech researchers successfully raise obelisk with kite to test theory about ancient pyramids

    Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egyptian_technology

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