A while ago, when researching Clochans, I came across a picture advertising a workshop that Irish stone mason Pat McAfee was going to be running at at “Stonefest” (marenakos Stone) Seattle, there last September father and son teams built a beehive structure/s as part of a 5 day workshop.
Category: Master Classes
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…
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…
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.
Master Class: Problems and Planning – (Part 1)
There is probably no such thing as a perfect wall, it will almost inevitably be possible to at least theoretically improve on something. There are so many things that you are trying to achieve with each stone that something has to give. In a recent competition the winner, probably the best waller I have seen,…
Master Class: Stone Arch Bridges and Spandrel Wall Failures
There are many wonderful stone arch bridges in New England. Most of them were built in the 19th century; some may be a little older and a few date from early in the 20th century. Many of them are dry stone structures. While it’s difficult to know for certain how many there were, one can…
Master Class: Tracing
Tracing is the practice of placing a stone with its longest axis running parallel to the face of the wall rather than into the wall. It is generally accepted that tracing is a poor practice as placing stones with their longest axis into the wall greatly reduces their potential to become displaced during settlement. It…
Master Class: Random Walling: Part 3
The content below was copied with the generous permission of the author Sean Adcock. This Master Class article originally appeared in the Autumn 2009 issue of Stonechat, produced by the North Wales Branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Brittan. This entire issue of Stonechat, and many more, are available at http://www.dswales.org.uk/Stonechat.html Thank…
Master Class: Random Walling: Part 2
Thank you to Sean Adcock for allowing us to provide this content. He starts “In case you hadn’t noticed, Masterclass when not dealing with incredibly rare requests tends to be about something I have been recently working on. This current “random” series was sparked off by some such process.
Master Class: Random Walling: Part 1
Thank you to Sean Adcock for allowing us to provide this content. Per Sean, there must therefore be tens of thousands of miles of “random” wall and as such “random” becomes a bit of a catch all, it hardly does the variation justice.