How to Build a Stone Wall

The end of the final day of the workshop. Phew!

The end of the final day of the workshop. Phew!

If you live in a place where there are a lot of stone walls you’ve probably admired them. Dry stone walls are timeless, classic, and stand as testimonies to historic and cultural traditions that have been usurped by strip malls and housing developments that hollow us of a sense of place and belonging. ¬† Perhaps you’ve thought about having some built on your property, or, if you have stone at your place, you’ve thought of building some yourself. If you’d like to know more about the history ,the dynamics and details of constructing dry stone walls, that is, walls without mortar, you couldn’t do better than to sign on for a workshop with Andrew Pighills.

Andrew will be teaching a week-end long, dry stone wall building workshop on Saturday and Sunday, April 28th and 29th at Stonewell Farm in Killingworth, Connecticut. For more information please contact me at: mb@mbeckerco.com and I will send you registration materials.

Wall Building Workshop; more Rock Stars

 

A new wave of rock stars
A new wave of rock stars

This past weekend we hosted another successful dry stone wall building workshop here at Stonewell Farm. The weather was perfect and the attendees were an amazing bunch. I’ve posted a photo album on the progress of the wall on Flickr. Here’s the link:¬†https://www.flickr.com/photos/stonewell_farm/sets/72157652366188335/

Below is the final shot of the tired Rock Stars at the end of the day, before we cracked open a few well-deserved beers. Well done!

The end of the final day of the workshop. Phew!

The end of the final day of the workshop. Phew!

 

Successful stone wall building workhop

Dry Stone Wall Building Workshop_Spring 2012

An enthusiastic group learns how to build a dry stone wall at Stonewell Farm in Killingworth, CT.

Andrew Pighills conducted a successful dry stone wall building workshop here at Stonewell Farm this past weekend. The weather was made to order and the participants were as well; a really amazing group who possessed advanced teamwork skills and were particularly attentive to understanding and implementing the dry stone wall building principles that they were learning. The section of wall that they built is something they can all be proud of.

Shoretalk Features Andrew Pighills

Shoretalk with Andrew airs:

Weds., July 21st, 7:30 pm Channel 19, Public Access Channel

Monday, July 19, 2010

Producer, Belinda Jones has put together a new cable program, with host Dr. Kathleen Skoczen, called “Shoretalk; People, Trends and Lifestyles”. In May, following the very successful Dry Stone Walling Workshop at the Parmelee Farm, Belinda asked Andrew if he would appear on the show to talk about the workshop and dry stone wall building in general. They taped in June and the program will air this Wednesday, July 21st, at 7:30 pm on our local Cable Public Access Channel 19.

Belinda Jones is a dynamic woman whose vast experience in marketing and public relations has fine-tuned her ability to connect the dots and find the interesting stories that enrich our lives here along the Connecticut Shoreline. Dr. Kathleen Skoczen hosts the program with intelligence, enthusiasm and insight. I hope you’ll share this post with your shoreline friends and invite you to watch the program this Wednesday evening. For those who don’t have access to our local channels, Andrew has added some photos of the walls that were completed during the last workshop and, in particular, two special features; the lunkie and the stile.

The 'lunkie' in the Parmelee farm wall

Stile in the wall

The stile in the Parmelee Farm wall