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The joys of the season

Well, another year is nearly done and everyone is getting ready to down tools, turn-off their computers, file the last of the paperwork, and head home for a well earned two weeks rest. Well, nearly everyone… The arrival of winter is strange time for me. Eight years ago Scotland was in the third week of […]

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2017 – here’s what happened – Biggie Small’s dry stone walls

Life is like a box of chocolates – you just never know what you’re going to get. It’s one of the fun aspects of working for yourself – you never know what work enquiries are going to come your way. This year has been a real mixed bag of big projects and small jobs; some […]

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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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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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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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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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