Articles

The art of forensic dry stone walling on St Kilda

St Kilda Euan Thompson (aka the stone dyker)  and I spent 10 days on St Kilda this July working with the National Trust for Scotland on several dry stone walling and stone structure repairs. St Kilda is a small archipelago about 40 miles west of the Outer Hebrides. The main... Read More

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