Reflections 2009

Perhaps winter is a time of reflection because the ground is covered in reflective white. The earth and its stone is under a thick blanket of snow these days. The land is saying, “Let me rest.” While I can’t help think some about what’s coming up in the months ahead, at this time of the year I do try to give pause, slow the rush of days, and take a look back.

A year ago I was on the book circuit with newly published “Listening to Stone.” Many of the stops included my giving a slide presentation in front of a group. In Montpelier it was a plant club, in Rockingham a library group, a Traditional Building conference in Boston and a gang of professional wallers and dykers in England. By fall I’d sat down to chat with stone enthusiasts in bookstores, on a radio show, at a high school and at a county fair.

In between public speaking and book signing I squeezed in some walling work, doing retaining and free-standing walls in Marlboro and Dummerston. I turned my hand to carving marble for elements of a dry stone sculpture I installed on the grounds of a home in Connecticut.

There were DSWA craftsman certification tests in England, Canada and Vermont for me to examine, fourteen candidates in all. Instructing walling workshops occupied many weekends. Leading student groups in Newfoundland and Kansas for one and two week dry stone sculpture workshops gave me a chance to explore new ground, both figuratively and physically.

For me, the thing that stands out most about 2009 is that it was the first in my thirty-four year walling career that I didn’t have a single “alone” job. In the past four years I’ve gone from working almost exclusively on my own to being one of a party of workers. I’ve become a producer/director. I guess you could say I’m following in the footsteps of my film-maker daughter, Angela. I couldn’t ask for a
better role model.

A thousand thanks to all those who joined me in 2009, and allowed me to join them, in making hard labor light work.

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4 Responses to Reflections 2009

  1. Dan Snow January 10, 2010 at 4:06 am #

    Thanks for your interest and inquiry. I don’t have any dry stone walling workshops scheduled for 2010 at this time. They will be posted here on the blog, and on the websites of sponsoring organizations, as dates are set. Please stay tuned. And enjoy the books.

  2. Anonymous January 8, 2010 at 7:23 pm #

    How nice to find your blog. I’ve ordered a couple of your books. Is there somewhere I can find a list of your upcoming classes and workshop?

  3. spiritedplay January 7, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful work…I hope to possibly join you in a workshop or at a talk in 2010…until then…stay safe and warm!

  4. Tammy Lenski January 7, 2010 at 10:10 am #

    A thousand thanks to you, too, Dan, for making the Newfane walling workshop one of the highlights of my 2009! Happy new year to you.

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