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Injuries and the pain of working

I’ve not posted one of my rambling collection of thoughts for a while…so… Despite doing a physical job, lugging rocks about the place, hitting rocks with hammers and chisels and lots of manual handling, I’ve not had any major injuries before.  A sore back a couple of times, a sore thumb where I hit it with […]

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Social Media and the efforts to self-promote

For those of you who know me, I’ve used this web site as my primary source of work since I took up dry stone walling as a professional. My background in web design and web marketing was a big help when I started. Building a web site to showcase my work and enable clients to […]

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Unseasonal

Back in October and November the tabloid newspapers were been all doom and gloom about how this winter was going to be the worst on record with plunging temperatures, ice, snow and generally extreme cold. “Winter blast to hit the UK blown in from the Arctic: Forecasters warn of icy blast as tranquil autumn finally […]

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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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Who do you work for?

I work in quite a solitary profession; I usually work alone with just the stone at hand; my hammer and chisels; the finished article in my head and maybe some sketches or rough drawings to hand; I am aware that there are others working on similar projects in other parts of the world, all having […]

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Before, during and after

I usually take lots of pictures when I am working to record how the job is progressing.  Usually I just post them to my Stone Inspired Facebook page  to keep my followers updated with what I am building. After looking through the pictures I had taken of my recent job in Carlops, I thought it would […]

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Weather to work or weather not to work

The people of Great Britain are renowned for their love of talking about the weather.  Its almost a national pastime!  Well, for me as a working waller, over the past couple of years it has becoming something of a sore point.  The weather that is, not the talking about it. When I was younger, I […]

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So what can you build with dry stone?

For those in the know, dry stone is an amazing building material. Using nothing to bind it, bar the way the stones are placed together by the skill of the waller, there is a huge variety of structures and features that can created. Traditional dry stone walling in the UK was all about building livestock proof boundaries or retaining […]

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How not to build a dry stone wall

Building dry stone walls is dead easy.  You basically place one stone on top of another, or as our American cousins like to say, you “stack ’em”. And it really is that simple.  Except that you need to make sure that you cover your joins – “one on two; two on one” as the old-timers used […]

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