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Review of dry stone walling projects – January to June 2013

2013 has been another busy year. The highlights for the first half of the year were getting through the winter pretty much unscathed – apart from being a very long winter, I was lucky that the jobs I had to do pretty much missed the worst of the snow, and I was able to work […]

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Leonardo Lifelong learning Dry Stone Walling project – Spain 2013

I was fortunate to be selected as one of the British wallers to be offered a place on an EU funded cultural exchange programme, called Leonardo. The DSWA has been working with partner organisations in Spain, Italy and France for a couple of years putting together a programme of dry stone walling based reciprocal visits. […]

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Work/Life unbalance

I like working for myself.   It has many advantages: the best is being in charge of my own time. But sometimes work has a way of creeping up on you and essentially taking over your life.  Lately its done it big style.  Cancelling holidays because of work is not good. There is something desperate about […]

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Whatever the weather

One thing working outside gives you an appreciation of is the weather.  Most people will spend much of their working lives  looking out at the weather through a window – at home before they leave to go to work; in the car, on the bus or train on their way; through the office window; and […]

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Stone work and mountains

Summit Cairns Many Scottish hills and mountains have stone cairns on their summits. Most are rough piles of boulders made by the walkers and climbers who visit the tops to mark the highest point. The Ordnance Survey constructed thousands of concrete pillars to be used as trig points to map the UK. The image here […]

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Pro-landscaper magazine

Pro-landscaper article A garden designed by Carolyn Grohman, and built by Watergems has made the front cover of this month’s Pro-Landscaper, a UK garden design and landscaping industry magazine. Why is this of news? Well, because Stone Inspired built the wee bit of dry stone wall behind the pergola shown in the cover image. That’s […]

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The winter break

In the old B.S. days (before self-employment), the Christmas and New Year break used to be something to look forward to. Two weeks paid leave away from work: from the phone and the in-tray; from clients with their problems; from the looming deadlines, the endless team meetings and from colleagues chasing me for reports.  Two […]

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Finally finished the pillars in Bathgate (well nearly)

Thankfully the weather has been mild enough the past week or so to allow me to build the pillars at this job in Bathgate. I’ve been using mortar on the inside of the stones, but hidden from the outside, to make the pillars look dry. This way it preserves the dry stone look, and merges […]

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A review of 2012 – Part 2

Following on from part 1 of the review of the jobs of 2012, here is part two. Highlights include our first arch and a long stretch of boundary wall. July 2012 Scottish Borders – stone circle I helped Edinburgh dry stone waller Richard Love build this circular raised bed for a client near to Carlops […]

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A review of 2012 – part 1

2012 has been a busy year for Stone Inspired. We have been lucky to have worked with many wonderful clients who have involved us in their garden projects.  Of the 20 jobs we were involved in, 18 were for private clients, and the only exception being the small bit of stonework we built for the […]

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