Since my arrival in English Harbour under clear blue skies three days ago, the fog has crept in and kept our dry stone walling workshop blanketed in degrees of gray. However, the enthusiasm of all six participants has been nothing less than rainbow bright. They started out on Monday brainstorming their way to a design and plan of attack to begin building the first of four corner features for a new fence around the arts centre. On Tuesday they completed a six-sided base for a stone lantern and a short length of retaining wall. Today we’ll keep a watch out for whales. Maybe the three humpbacks that were feeding on capelin in the harbor on Monday will be back.
“The prose weaves between practical and poetic with the same gentle twists as an old field wall, inspiration to armchair waller and budding artisan alike.” – Washington Post
Listening to Stone
“Listening to Stone” by Dan Snow, who has been building stone walls and other structures without mortar for more than 30 years, is practical enough to tempt gardeners to put aside the trowel and start gathering rocks. The photographs by Peter Mauss evoke the powerful spirit of place that local stone imparts. And it’s a pleasure to hear the builder’s voice again, as honest and unpretentious as the stone he advises us to gather from our fields and woods. In describing one project on an old Vermont homestead, he tells of using long slabs to span the gaping holes in a dilapidated stone wall. The result, “Walking Wall,” is like an American Stonehenge. – Anne River, The New York Times