Dry stone walling has its roots in our ancient past, when fields were cleared and rock was piled up to allow agriculture to begin and livestock to be contained. It is one of the most ancient and unchanged crafts, practiced in many varied forms across the length and breadth of the British Isles and the world.
Recognizing a well-made wall.
A good wall has strong foundation stones set into the ground, a tightly made face and a solid and straight line of coping stones on top. It is very difficult to tell a good wall and a bad wall apart; it takes a trained eye. A lot of the strength of a wall comes from within- it needs to be well packed and tightly made. If it is, it could stand for 150 to 200 years or more if undisturbed. A badly made wall can begin to fall down after only 5 years.
We pride ourselves on each wall I create being a celebration of the art: strong foundations, a neat face, a foot firmly in the traditions of the past. It’s an art which has not altered a lot in many years, the reason? It’s worked very well up to now so why change it.
We are professional members of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain, which means we take part in on-going training and keep up to date with developments in walling. It also guarantees a high level of craftsmanship, which we pride ourselves on.
We undertake all sorts of walling projects: from field walls to gardens, from new stone to recycled materials. We like to get creative and use stone to provide pleasing and eye-catching solutions in all sorts of settings.
Do have a look in our gallery and see if we can help you to create your ideal space set in stone.