The Patient Details of Dry Stone Stacking
Materials are really what you make of them and in an artist’s or masters hands the most simple and mundane can become truly extraordinary. I am always in awe of people who can create like this, less so because of the idea itself and more so, for me, because it takes tremendous patience and attention to detail to create such pieces. Patience and attention to minute detail are traits I can struggle with.
These amazing shots of detail oriented dry stone work simply blow me away.
image by bearded_avenger
These are all taken by RoystonVasey and are of work created by Andy Goldsworthy at Tilberthwaite Touchstone Fold. If you want to try to find them in person, here are some directions from Royston Vasey on Flickr:
It’s in the Lakes near Coniston. Head north out of town, take your first left (about 2km) up a minor road signposted (I think) to High Tilberthwaite. This is on your right after approx 2km. There is a car park on the left.
all above images by RoystonVasey
As I consider taking inspiration from these shots, I wonder which of the stone masons that I know could create such a thing and being the DIY person that I am, I consider also if I could do this. The answer to the second question is ‘no’, the first I am still pondering.
Sometime ago, the ugly red blue and green slate sales man came to New England and made a killing. I get called to properties using this product often. The slate is simply too thin to last as a patio surface but I always feel so bad tossing it away. I am thinking that there might be a second life for it….broken into small pieces and used with regular field stone to make walls inspired by these images. What inspiration do you take from this work?