Tag Archives: Large dry stone walling projects

Edinburgh – fancy bench and curved wall

We built this dry stone bench and paved seating area in August and September 2018. It was both a fairly simple project in terms of the design; and a complex one in terms of the build. The idea was to provide an enclosed space for the family to sit outside. The wall would be highest […]

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Falkirk – Canada Wood

I was commissioned by the Callendar Estate in Falkirk to build them a dry stone information area for the Battle of Falkirk Muir in 1746 which lies close to the work site. We used Hutton stone for the wall with two large stone gate pillars from the estate for the ends. Turf was used on […]

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Redhall Edinburgh – seating area and pizza oven

I completed this project in October 2017. It is a sunken seating area with steps down to a paved area. A pizza oven and two recesses are built into one wall. The walls are made with Swinton Rubble from Hutton Stone in Berwick; the paving is black limestone from Border Aggregates in Kelso and the […]

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Capelrig Way Newton Mearns

I was commissioned by East Renfrewshire Council to build an attractive gateway to the new Capelrig Way path in Newton Mearns. The design brief called for “an attractive and high quality traditional, yet bespoke, stone wall along the boundary of the green corridor and Barrhead Road. The stonework must provide practical and attractive features, which […]

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Lanark low retaining walls and high retaining walls

When I first met the client to discuss the stone work in her garden, she was not sure if there was enough for me to do. 30+ tonnes of stone and weeks later, I think we agreed that there was enough. The job entailed building a low wall to provide a clearer definition between the […]

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The abridged wall

I was blown away by the view when I came to see this job. Situated as close as you can get to underneath the Forth Road bridge, I had a grandstand view of the construction of the new road bridge. In between watching the new bridge go up and keeping an eye on the river […]

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Slamannan boulder and turf topped wall

This job was started in the early winter of 2016 and ran onto June! Although it was very cold for much of the first few weeks, the snow thankfully mostly stayed away. It was a big job in its own right, but made much harder by the ski injury I suffered in late Feb. Working […]

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Sticky walls

I am a dry stone waller and don’t really “do” mortared walls. In fact I frequently use the term “Devil’s Cream” when talking about cement. I like just using stone to build with: using mortar requires sand, cement, water, a mixer, dry weather. Faff basically. Sometimes though, you just got to go with the flow. […]

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The Groundhog day wall

This job in Fife took a lot of effort. 45m of wall. A bell-mouth entrance. 700 hand-made copes. Curves, cheek-ends and changing heights. Stone that was hard to work and lots of it. The poor quality of much of the stone required way more work than I had anticipated. What looked like good stone turned […]

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A job made in installments

Some projects run from day one to completion. Some jobs take a few days; others take weeks. And some are run over an elongated time frame. This one started in December 2013 and was completed in May 2015. Although it was a fairly large job, we built this in installments on the basis of the […]

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