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Dry Stone Walls
Exploring the art of building dry stone walls

Scotland's drystone walls | Stacking Stone | James Parker Sculpture
Follow me as I venture out of the studio and take a look back at my roots and where I grew up in Galloway, Scotland. My brother Graeme (The Hoof GP) and I revisit the place that inspired us to choose our respective careers. We look at the dry stone walls at the Knock, the farm we grew up on. We reminisce about our childhood and explore the beaches, an ancient fort, a dry stone cairn built my great grandfather and incredible caves. I also explain a bit about building drystone walls and how and why they were so effective.

The Art of Masonry in Britain
By William Diack (1904) (pdf)

Practical Treatise of the Art of Masonry and Stone-Cutting
By Peter Nicholson, Esq., Architect and Engineer (third edition) (1835) (pdf)

The Stonemason and the Bricklayer
Being Practical details and drawings illustrating the various departments of the industrial arts of Masonary and Bricklaying with notes on the materials used: stones, bricks, tiles, limes, mortars, cements and concretes by various practical writers edited by the Editor of "The Industrial Self-Instructor" (1891) (pdf)

Reminiscences of a Stonemason
By a Working Man (1908) (pdf)

Central Scotland Dry Stone Walling Association
The Central Scotland branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association aims to spread a greater understanding and knowledge about the traditional craft of dry stone walling and to encourage the repair and maintenance of dry stone walls throughout the country. Find out more at

How to build a Dry Stone Wall. Part 1: Laying the Foundation.
A more in depth look at how to lay the foundation for a dry stone wall with a focus on the internal structure and an explanation of using a string line.

How to build a Dry Stone Wall. Part 2: The First Lift.
The second part of our deep dive into building a Dry Stone Wall. Here we try and explain the importance of joint crossing, how to plan ahead with walling and how to go about making it strong internally.

How to Build a Dry Stone Wall Part 3 : The Second Lift
Here we explain the process of walling the top lift. This just means the past of the wall above the bottom through. I explain again the importance of walling with as much focus on the internal structure as possible.

Dry Stone Walling - Retaining Wall Repair #1
Day 1 of the repair. Got the area prepped and the base down, ready to start the main build. Few tips & tricks shared along the way!

Dry Stone Walling - Retaining Wall Repair #2
Day 2 of the repair. Cracking on with getting the wall up!

Dry Stone Walling - Retaining Wall Repair #3
Day 3! Just spending a couple of hours finishing the repair. Hopefully I can find some suitable stone to finish the top course!

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