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My dry stone year – So was 2016 better than 2015?

2015 ended with a six month-long slog on a big dry stone walling job that was miles from my house. The drudgery of the long daily commute was compounded in the final month with a big detour and serious traffic congestion due to the temporary closure of the Forth road bridge. Oh, did I ever […]

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A hard year of lessons

To be honest, 2015 was a difficult year work-wise. I was definitely spoiled in 2014 with some amazing projects: the Moongate water-feature, the Kirknewton and Dunbar benches and the Recessed Arch were some of the great projects I had. 2015 didn’t work out quite the same… Let me state from the beginning – I am always […]

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2014 Review of dry stone walling projects – July to December

The second half of 2014 was dominated by three big projects plus my first stone building in the USA. July 2014 Edinburgh – Moongate project. By July the Moongate was starting to form.  I’d done a big chunk of walling, including making one of the three raised beds, laying a ton of copes and making […]

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2014 Review of dry stone walling projects – January to June

January 2014 West Lothian – grand stair case A winter project building a grand entrance staircase and raised bed and retaining walls. This project would go on intermittently through the first quarter of the year. Dunbar – Dr Badger’s memorial bench After being commissioned to build this memorial bench in the harbour area of the […]

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A review of dry stone walling in 2013 – part 2

After finally finishing the big job in Edinburgh in June, I spent the following three months getting stuck into three fairly decent sized jobs – and doing lots of miles of driving. I shouldn’t complain as it’s good to be busy. July 2013 Scottish Borders – Low retaining walls and lots of steps Using local […]

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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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