2021 – dry stone walling and landscaping review

It’s been another interesting year of dry stone walling and garden landscaping projects for me.  I’ve had some lovely projects, worked with some excellent clients and most of the jobs taught me something new. Every day is a school day as they say. The year started with lots of projects... Read More

Body of work – 16 years of dry stone walls

Last week my LinkedIn account told me it had been 16 years since I started working as professional building dry stone walls. It got me thinking about how many jobs I’ve done in that time. I’ve put together a list of the locations, descriptions and some images of stonework I’ve... Read More

The joys of working in winter

I’m often asked what I do in the winter. The answer is I work building dry stone walls. Like I do the rest of the year. Working outside, particulary during the pandemic has been a real luxury. Whilst millions are forced to work from home, I get to leave the... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More