Stone Travels in Yorkshire and Cumbria

Driving on the left side of the road, rubber sink-stoppers on a chain, grilled tomatoes for breakfast; these are some of the things to get used to, quickly, when on a six-day visit to the UK. I was there to take part in the DSWA Standardization and Assessment weekend for craftsman scheme examiners. Along the way, E. and I took in two of the three legs of the “Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle.”

The Hepworth Wakefield Museum is newly built and dramatically situated alongside a working canal. Large exhibit spaces permanently display the work of modernist, Barbara Hepworth and currently show work by three, contemporary women artists. At the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, works by Henry Moore and many other fine sculptors are spread across 500 acres of woods and fields.

In Cumbria I joined 20 other DSWA (Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain) examiners in evaluating the construction of eight, Level 1 – 4, timed tests. We then compared the awarded marks in each section of each test to see if we, as individuals and as a group, are grading to a similar standard when evaluating craftsman candidate’s work. Many thanks go to the organizers of the event including Andrew, Richard and Alison. Special thanks the test candidates for enduring a day of walling with all of us examiners looking over your shoulder.

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4 Responses to Stone Travels in Yorkshire and Cumbria

  1. Richard Vivian September 7, 2013 at 12:47 pm #

    I am totally opposed to all this evaluation and grading of stonewalling. Its a systematic snuffing out of the wildness of the craft and the material.

    • Dan September 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

      Thanks for stopping by my website. Fortunately, dry stone offers a wide range of building possibilities. There’s room for every interest and plenty of rock to go around!

  2. dean mclellan April 26, 2013 at 5:52 am #

    Hello there, thanks for posting the pics. I love that training spot. Great stuff! By the way how did Andrew Brown Jackson do with the level four? Its a fair chunk of wall for him and good on him for having at it! Some nice sections to be sure you posted! The suspended tree in the wall is still my favorite piece from Goldsworthy!
    Again, thanks for posting the pics!

    • Dan April 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

      Good fun with great people across the pond. Enjoyed meeting Andrew Brown-Jackson. His right-angle corner section did not pass due to being unfinished by the end of the timed test. Thanks for checking in on the blog and your comments, Dean.

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