Tag Archives: Ornamental dry stone features

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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Rosewell bench, planter and paving

The client provided me with a rough sketch for a bench and planter that he wanted for his garden. I went away and refined it a bit to give this curving, fibonacci-esque design. Alston stone from Cumbria was used for the bench and fire-pit, and Alston crazy paving used for the American-style paved area. A […]

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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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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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Milnathort Recessed arch and seating area

After enjoying the challenge of building the moongate in the summer, I was pleased to be offered the chance to build another arched feature in the autumn. The original plan had been to create a sitting area by removing a chunk of the sloping garden and building a curved retaining wall with some steps. However, […]

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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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Western New York – dry stone retaining wall and steps

I was lucky enough to have my first foray to North America this year to build a stone wall. The client had found me on my Facebook page and we’d been in discussion about possibilities for a couple of years.  Various design thoughts, timetables and other factors went too and fro, and we finally got things done […]

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Kirknewton sandstone, oak and turf bench

This was a fun, creative project to do. The original spec was to build a dry stone bench in the garden. Where in the garden was open for debate.  As was the size.  And the shape.  And the stone.  And so the project gestated for a couple of months whilst I worked  on another couple […]

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