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January Waller of the Month: MARTIN BEEVERS

MARTIN BEEVERS (Tennessee) — ABOUT MARTIN – Native of Sheffield, England. I learned my trade in the field walling tradition of the nearby Peak District of Derbyshire. I moved to Tennessee in 2020 and started the Old England Rock Walls business just outside Nashville. My big passion is historic preservation, and as a state-licensed dry stone waller I work with the Tennessee Historical Commission on both consultation and rebuild projects. I am site champion of the Stone Trust Tennessee in Kingston Springs and a Level 3 advanced waller.

FEATURED IMAGE: A rebuild of a 1891 farm wall in Castalian Springs, Sumner County, Tennessee. All from the original stone, this 4-ft-high wall with slanted, double copes runs 400 ft along the boundary of the current property. This design has become the classic Tennessee style, seen throughout the Middle Tennessee area, courtesy of Northern Irish immigrants in the nineteenth century.

IMAGE BELOW: I built this wall from a mixture of Tennessee limestone and shale, a fairly typical blend in all the historic walls of Middle Tennessee. It lends itself to random walling, which for me gives the most natural results esthetically.