Yes Jay, the wealth of information was awesome! You really should publish a reference book! Thank You!
As soon as the snow melts I will start digging down by hand to a depth of 48 inches and tamping item 4 stone.
Then I will add rock vertically in a herringbone pattern to grade level.
My plan is to shape pink granite blocks 30x40,with a height of 32 inches,similar in size to a old railroad bridge foundation.
My question is,should I attach my Hemlock 8x10 sill beams to the granite blocks? Lag shield anchor,or just use gravity with a rebar pin for wind shear?