Monday, 27 December 2010
Go to http://rockinwalls.blogspot.com/ to see more about Marks's dry stone activities and another picture of the comfortable cat.
Autumn scene from Andy Loudon on 31st. December.
Thursday, 23 December 2010
Sunday, 19 December 2010
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
Saturday, 11 December 2010
Next post on 15th December is a feature in the neighbour's garden at Dolleriemuir.
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
What a great finish to a wall. Angus and Caroline fitted on the last three cope stones after inserting a bottle with details of the build left as a message to the future. The neighbours and their families arrived to celebrate with suitable refreshments, sparklers, speeches and an amazing cake. The cake had been made with blocks of chocklate sponge and a coping of chocklate buttons. Each person was offered delightful pieces of simulated stones.
Friday, 3 December 2010
I often travel long distances to find jobs in dry stone. I was very fortunate recently to find an opportunity to build a wall close enough to nip home each lunch time. The regular cups of tea, biscuits and pieces of cake from the owners, the entertaining chat with them and their children added greatly to the experience.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
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Tuesday, 2 November 2010
The children were not forgotten. A huge pile of firewood was provided for the kids to try their hand at building with a material lighter than rock. Eric Landman did a great job organising the youngsters in creating this fascinating spiral in wood.Another interesting event was this arch created at the beginning of one of the forest tracks in the Park. Daughter of the festival organiser John Shaw-Rimmington was delighted to show the strenght and safety of this dry stone feature. While all thes activities were happening tests for certification with DSWA in the UK were being carried out at initial and intermediate level. The rock for all the events, training courses, tests, the arch, and the bridge mostly came from stone that had been kept for just such a moment for 50 years! A large property on site had been burnt down and the owners realised the value of the stone. How sensible in this modern world when so much material which can be saved in still dumped and lost.
Friday, 29 October 2010
Many interesting things were happening in Rockport. This fireplace was designed by John Scott and built by him, his students and several other helpers. It was a real centre of attraction. The fire burned well with a fine updraught.
Monday, 25 October 2010
http://www.ryanlemieux/ ) for the black and white photo of the fine wall built by the students.Thanks to Medina,Stewart,Ray,Guy,Jim, to some others who lent a hand and especially to Kurt and his family encouraging his victory run.
Thursday, 21 October 2010
http://www.borrowedground.com/ to read about Russ Beardsly who provided the photos and to http://www.stonefest.org/ for Marenakos that host the annual event.
Sunday, 17 October 2010
This very interesting build was created by artist Kate Gilman Brundett. The idea is to place everyday items in unusual settings to stir peoples imagination and artistic awareness. Part of the Cumbrian Arts festival. Brilliant.
To see more of Kates work go to http://www.kateb.co.uk/
Next entry on 21st October is a modern version of an ancient Irish clochan.
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
The entry in four days time shows a wall the like of which I have never seen before!
Saturday, 9 October 2010
Next entry is an update on a feature built a couple of years ago close to Niagara Falls.
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
So it is very small stones (sand) and it is not quite dry but this was built during the recent Competition on the beach at Cannon Bridge Oregon. To see more of these amazing creations sculpted before the arrival of the next tide contact Olga Ridley at firstname.lastname@example.org
Next entry is from a newcomer to the joys of dry stone walling. (11th October)
Next entry is from a newcomer to the joys of dry stone walling. (11th October)
Monday, 27 September 2010
One of the excursions from the Congress was to Lower Winskill farm near Settle high up in the Yorkshire Dales. The ground had been farmed by Cistercian Monks in the middle ages before the dissolution (that strange double meaning which sounds so close to disillusion) of the monasteries by Henry Vlll . What was different about these walls built of limestone on bedrock in the 14th and 15th century was that they had no batter , they also had overhanging cope stones which may have been to prevent wolves reaching their sheep. The farm was bordered by extensive native woodland at the time.The present farmer and archaeologist, Tom Lord, told us that for the lay monks work was a pleasure and a duty where time and material were not important factors. Changed days.
(Thanks to Tracey Blackwell for giving me some sound advice on this entry.)
The next Photos (27th September)were taken inside a disused slate quarry close to the Congress site.
Thursday, 23 September 2010
I attended this event at the University of Cumbria in Ambleside. It was a great success. The talks were mostly fascinating and well chosen to cover the Craft (or is it Art ) of walling. There was a fine collection of enthusiasts including a good mix of "hands on" wallers and academics from many countries.
While most of us were listening to the lectures a stone seat was being constructed under the direction of Andy Loudon. This is shown here with some of the builders from across the world.
The next entry has photos of medieval walls visited during one of the outings. The style was quite a surprise for the guests.
Sunday, 19 September 2010
This was the exhibit organised by the West of Scotland branch of the DSWA. Several other branches helped in the construction. Normally features at these shows are dismantled however in this case the Thistle is to be rebuilt at Erskine home.
Regimental Walls of Scotland,
Erskine Home sponsored the walls built in different types of stone to represent Scottish Regiments. Galloway boulders for the Royal Scots Borderers,Skye marble the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders,granite the Highlanders, sandstone for the Black Watch and whinstone for the Royal Highland Fusiliers.
What a fine result with a lovely combination of rocks and flowers.
Entry on 24th September tells about the recent Dry Stone Congress held in the Lake District.
Wednesday, 15 September 2010
Members of the Otley and Yorkshire Dales branch of the DSWA under the direction of John Hestlegrave built this attractive bridge at Ballowfield for the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Congratulations to all involved with this delightful feature. As it is in a public place they decided very wisely to use lime mortar on the copes.
The next entry is the image of a Scottish thistle in stone and flowers. (19th September) After that are some entries about the recent Dry Stone Congress at Ambleside.
Saturday, 11 September 2010
Now in its 7th year you are sure of a lovely welcome at the Dry Stone Walling Thanksgiving Festival in Canada, the second weekend of October
I have attended all these events , thoroughly enjoyed myself , met wonderful people and learned a great deal. This year they are building a bridge , teaching courses with an array of international instructors, have several exhibits, providing fun for the children and there will be fascinating evening talks. Normally hundreds of interested members of the public attend to observe. Food is good too.
To learn more about the location, the dates and the programme contact
Tuesday, 7 September 2010
Dean McLellan sent this photo of the wall (limestone) at the front of his garden. The Sedum covering is growing luxuriantly into its second year. During the first year it was watered regularly, this year only occasionally. I have tried to do similar things in Scotland on other types of rock without success. I can only manage to get grass turf or heather turf to survive.
For more information go to
The next entry is all about meeting up with enthusiasts for the craft in Canada.