Materials are really what you make of them, and in an artist’s or master’s hands, the most simple and mundane can become truly extraordinary. Dry stack stonework (and I am talking about the real stuff – not a veneer glued to a black wall) is both and art and an engineering feat. I am always in awe of people who can create a dry stack stone wall like this. The idea is one thing – but the tremendous patience and attention to detail to create such pieces seems extraordinary. Patience and attention to minute detail are traits I can struggle with.
A student in my Garden design Lab course recently took a dry stone walling course. She doesn’t live near me, so I don’t expect that I can easily attend the same one. Plus I have this fantasy that if I were to learn the basics of this trade, I’d want to take a course in England or Europe because it seems like the best people are there.
Dry Stack Stone Wall Details Inspiration
These amazing shots of detail-oriented dry stone work simply blow me away.
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:
all above images by Royston Vasey
As I consider taking inspiration from these shots, I wonder which of the stone masons I know could create such a thing and being the DIY person that I am, I also consider if I could do this. The answer to the second question is ‘no’, the first I am still pondering.
Some time ago, the ugly red, blue, and green slate salesman 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 think 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?