Thursday, 24 February 2011

Retaining wall by Russ Beardsley

Here is a fine example of a retaining wall. Although not yet complete with coping rocks it does show how the back should be filled with hard material which will allow adequate drainage. In addition the wallend is constructed in traditional style. For more of his work go to 

On the 1st of March I am posting a very unusual picture.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Turf coping by Jason Hoffman

I have posted several of Jasons dry stone features in the past and this one shows the system of turf coping which was once quite common in the hill farms in the West of Scotland but now rarely seen . Usually the turf is either heather or a double layer of grass. The sods are cut much thicker than those normally provided for lawns. The lower layer is placed with the vegetation down which acts in the same way as a coverband. Often in a dry summer the grass will turn brown but will return to its fresh green whenever the rain arrives. Not a long wait in most parts of our country. To see more of Jason's projects go to

The next posting on 25th Feb. is a retaining wall by North American waller Russ Beardsley.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Johnny Clasper

Johnny is a sculptor and dry stone waller who blends the two disciplines brilliantly. He clearly is fascinated by dry stone  and scorpions. He calls his work playing. I like that .
For a good look at his creations go to 
My entry on 21st. Feb shows recent work by Edinburgh dyker Jason Hoffman

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

More from the UAE

Some dry stone work close to the city of Fujairah. The lower photo shows where a recent archeological dig took place. It is thought that the round structures were ancient burial mounds close to a farm.

My entry on 13th February is of something my Grand-daughter found on the roadside. It raised a question that I could not answer perhaps someone else can.