Wednesday 4 September 2019


I discovered this stone in our garden this morning. It was covered with moss. When I tidied it up I found this stone given to me many years ago by a Sculptor near Auchterarder. Wonder if he remembers it? ( about 30 cms.)

Saturday 24 August 2019


I have been working on this wall for quite a while . Various folk have helped me, Steve, Martin Neil, Cass the client and his grandson Magnus. The first photo show the build about half way. The second some of the large boulders which we used at the base to prevent slippage down the steep hill . The last  photo shows the finished job at the beginning of August 2019.

Tuesday 21 June 2016

Michael Echerman posted this interesting photo of a wall which is enhanced by the plants.  It looks amazingly like wood.

Friday 18 April 2014

Course in Italy Repairing a Trullo

Contact Thea Alvin at for more information.

 This is the Trullo that we are going to restore. If you are interested in going with us to Italy in September to work on stone roof systems, please let her know. The instructors and helpers are all volunteers. Just think of it as a working vacation. The very best way to really know a country is to work in it.


Since childhood this bridge has amazed me mainly because I have seen a tractor and trailor going over what looks like a very fragile arch of stones.  It was only when I started drystone walling in my mid 40s that I realised that it was possible for me to do something very similar and now I have built several bridges with a grassy track over them.  Thus achieving a lifetime ambition.

Thursday 28 November 2013

Creative Stonework.

.Kim Harwood drew my attention to this example of the wonderful work by Dietmar Voormold. I gather that he was at the Findhorn Community for some time.

I understand that much of his inspiration comes from nature

Sunday 7 July 2013

Walls on the Landman farm in Ontario Canada 1

This Irish style Fidein wall was built by a group of students under the direction of Patrick McAfee. Unusally the smaller rocks are below the larger which are set upright rather than laid flat. This type of wall can last for hundreds of yaears.

Tuesday 25 June 2013

Delightful Present

This model house was built by folk in our town. It was a 90th birthday present to a lady who had lived in the original almost all of her life.

Saturday 22 June 2013

The Black House was built several years ago in Canada, on the Landman farm during a  Dry Stone Festival. At the time the main plant was Sedum. Now several species are doing well and these Kids seem to be having a great time.

Tuesday 18 June 2013

This Blog Lives Again!

I'm delighted to say that I have solved my problems with the computer and have managed to revive this blog.  I still have my facebook blog:!/pages/Dry-Stone-Walling/123106337757519?fref=ts

which I update around every second day.