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Dry Stone Walling Association Initial Certificate

Oct 5th, 2014

Dry Stone Walling Association Initial Certificate – as I explained last time the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain’s craft certification scheme has been designed as a progressive scheme so that candidates can move through the different levels as their skills increase with experience. The entry level qualification is the Initial Certificate sometimes referred to as the Level One Certificate. continue reading

Dry Stone Walling Certification

Sep 21st, 2014

The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain launched its Craftsman Certification Scheme way back in the 1980’s making it the first organisation to offer formal qualifications in dry stone walling. Since then the scheme has flourished and developed in to what is still the most respected and coveted craft certification scheme available in dry stone walling. continue reading

To course or not – coursing of course.

Sep 8th, 2014

The great debate in the dry stone walling world is always whether to course or not and there are two distinct schools of thought. On one hand you have the coursed wallers, predominantly based in the Pennines where the local sandstone lends itself to level bedded, regular coursed work and then you have the random wallers generally working where the local stone is of an irregular nature, limestone, whinstone etc. I have been criticised in the past for describing random work as inferior, this is not exactly correct, true I have quoted the Oxford English Dictionary definition of “random” in discussions on the topic, the definition being ; Random, without cause or purpose. In all seriousness though it is surely the geology of an area denotes the technique and style of walling that will work best. I am a firm believer that if a stone can be coursed it should be, unless the client or designer specifically requests otherwise. A ¬†coursed wall built from level bedded stone is the strongest most durable method of construction with that material and I see it as my responsibility as a craftsman to utilise the stone available to its best potential.¬† continue reading

Steps

Aug 25th, 2014

It is surprising how many times one sees steps that have not been constructed correctly; that is the risers have been built and then the tread is merely planted on top of them. This is not only bad practice but is aesthetically unattractive and gives the impression of inferior workmanship. continue reading