Saturday was a glorious day to introduce our 9 participants to the craft of Dry Stone Walling.
Once we got to the hands on stage, within minutes, complete strangers are discussing the merits of various stones and cooperating like old friends.
Saturday evening, as with every workshop, was spent discussing the days progress and relaxing with beer, wine and pizza.
Even the Sunday morning drizzle did not dampen their spirits.
One would think that flat square stone would be easy to wall with, but while it is angular, it is not regular like bricks,
and even the slightest deviation in height, makes it difficult for C to contact both A and B.
Whereas with the rounded corners of fieldstone, C makes good contact with A and B, even though A is slightly higher than B and E makes good contact with both C and D, even though D is substantially higher.
In my opinion, the learning curve with angular stone is steeper than with fieldstone, but once learnt, will allow you to wall with most types of stone.
Our next workshop is Sept 29th & 30th.