Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Modern Inca Type Creations

Ron Henshaw made this amazing wall. He splits off massive chunks of rock and places them in a way which to me looks like something from ancient cultures in South American. I love the effect and greatly admire his skill in fitting them together.
I shall publish more of his work in later entries.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Attractive Seat

These stone features were built by Jason Hoffman recently. For more of Jasons work go to http://www.stoneinspired.com/

Monday, 22 November 2010

Curved wall by Menno Braam

While I was in Canada I met up with an old fried Menno. He showed me these photos of a recent wall he built in a small area of garden. The radius of the curve is only 6 feet . He used the same centre for the edge of the steps. The final height was 3 feet. Menno is well know for his neatness and this wall is a fine example of highly skilled workmanship.
Have a look at his website http://www.whistlingdwarfstonework.com/

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

More from Scotts's Garden

This nearly herring bone wall is quite striking. In one corner is the gargoyle collected but not carved by him. What a great few days I had very interesting time and good food. Thanks a million Scott and thanks to Dawn as well for her contribution.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Scott's Goats

Scott George also has a large garden with many animals as well as stone features. Here one of his herd of goats takes a good look at  the visitors from a rather unusual viewpoint. Meanwhile the goats are not to be seen taking advantage of the goat shelter. No doubt they love it in the winter. Next one on the 16th to see a gargoyle, a hen and nearly a herring bone.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Funky Features

Scott George is a fireman by occupation but he just loves building without mortar. I visited him in Rochester USA and took several photos of his work. Over the next few entries I intend to share my delight with others. Long may he experiment with rock on rock. See 12th Nov.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Canadian Festival Crowning Glory

The outstanding feature of the four days was the dry stone Bridge. Overseen by Rocktober coordinator John Shaw-Rimmington, the workforce managed to produce this feature in a beautiful setting which had the appearance of having been there for centuries. With a pitched walkway and curved Cedar handrails I am told that this bridge was only the second one built in a public place in Canada for a hundred years. It has a charm which seemed to enchant  those who crowded round to watch the final removal of the wooden support from underneath the arch. I believe that everyone involved with the construction should feel very proud.

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Young folks activity and a Gothic arch at the Festival

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.
The next entry shows the highlight of this years Rocktober Fest (6th November). A wonderful bridge.