TERRAPIN LANDSCAPES (Maine) — Terrapin Landscapes is a full-service outfit specializing in design, installation, and maintenance of quality hardscapes and softscapes. Over the last five years they have established a presence in the dry stone community with multiple projects that have incorporated dry stone walls and columns, as well as various dry stone features. Terrapin…
Author: Pamela Hanna
Reading List – In Their Own Words
Often the stories that reach us most deeply are those told in the author’s own words here sharing the account of what it means to be a waller. Here’s a few titles we think you’ll enjoy reading and have been much loved on our reading list here at The Stone Trust.
Master Class: Problems and Planning, Part 4
Talking about planning ahead I had intended to end this series in this issue with a final instalment, not so much about planning, rather covering a couple of bits missing from the first three installments, often of an analytical and theoretical nature, or tangents to them which did not seem to fit properly at the…
May Waller of the Month: John Sandri
JOHN SANDRI (New Hampshire) — John holds a Level 1 certification with the DSWA. He works with his skilled team of stone masons — including Level 2 and aspiring Level 3 masons— to create works primarily from local fieldstone and granite. John enjoys the challenge of blending structural work with the more randomly coursed work…
Masterclass: Problems and Planning, Part 3
In part one (Stonechat 26: Summer 2012) I suggested that “poor grading can become what is in effect a self-fuelled inevitability” . This was developed in part 2 when we looked at the tendency to place large stones alongside and on top of each other leading to grouping. This however does not just apply to…
Tool Guide: What Tools Do I Need as a Beginner Waller
The Stone Trust wanting to help with those often difficult decisions on what are the best tools to get started with for a beginner stone waller has put together this Beginner Waller Pack for you with the basics tools and instructions to get started in the right direction.
April Waller of the Month: Victoria Merriman
VICTORIA MERRIMAN (New Hampshire) — Victoria Merriman transitioned into stone masonry in 2019 after twenty years of working in website design. Founder of Friction and Gravity LLC, Victoria designs and builds custom stone hardscapes incorporating walls, flatwork, and other features. She holds DSWA Level 2 certification and a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Design from Harvard…
Tool Guide: The Use of a Hand Set
It has always been said, use the right tool for the job. And from time to time, we are so pleased to be able to do exactly that- offer our drystone walling community a new tool that should find a home in the waller toolbox. We’ve just added a rugged new Hand Set that will…
Master Class: Problems and Planning – (Part 2)
Last time I stated that “Inevitably a wall has faults, being a better waller involves reducing these faults, and not compounding those that are made…” a philosophy I shall now add to…When building a wall you are presented with a series of problems to solve.
March Waller of the Month: Dan Morales-Walsh
DANIEL MORALES-WALSH (Maine) — Dan is the owner/operator of Maine Stone Scapes in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Their mission is to create timeless stonework with a nuanced approach through craftsmanship, integrity, and value.