Within these posts I will obviously draw on my experience as a professional dry stone waller with over twenty five years involvement in the craft. I have chosen this medium in which to express my opinions as I find Face Book and other forums too contentious. Any comments I make are only my opinions, I can sometimes be quite outspoken but I ask to be excused of this as it is only my passion for the craft that leads me to such strong opinions.
Now having got the apologies out of the way down to business. This year seems to have been extremely busy with working trips to Chelsea Flower Show, The Maritime Alps in Italy, Canada and The Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland, more on these at a later date. Forthcoming trips include another visit to Canada to attend The Willow Bank Stone Festival and a trip to Slovenia to attend The Stone and Story conference as a key note speaker.
In between this busy schedule I have been working on many interesting projects both at home and away. I am currently working on a slate installation near Ambleside as an addition to the Pinnacle Award winning project I completed last year, again more of this to follow. As anyone who follows me on Face Book will know I have been awarded another Pinnacle Award for The Quirang Sanctuary project on the Isle of Skye . This was a very complex build and no doubt will be the subject of a blog in due course.
Tomorrow I will be travelling to Bowness on Solway in the Scottish Borders to look at some more work for the RSPB as a follow on from the very successful seating I designed and built for them on the Hod Barrow Nature Reserve in Millom.
I intend to produce further blogs covering the technical aspects of dry stone walling and my out look and philosophy on the craft, (as well as the odd restaurant review) I hope these will be both informative and thought provoking as well as entertaining.
Thats all for now from the peripatetic dry stone waller.