Dry stone wall Construction
Dry stone walling is a construction method using only stone with no mortar to cement the rocks together. A dry stone structure obtains its stability through a unique construction method of creating a load bearing facade of interlocking stones.
Testimony to the longevity and durability of this age-old form of building is evident across our globe. From the stone dykes in Scotland retaining stock, to Peru where ancient walls built by the Incas still stand. In Australia (principally Western Victoria, and some parts of Tasmania and New South Wales) We have our own bit of history with dry rock walls constructed by our Scots/Irish ancestors. There has been a marked resurgence in the use of rock walling as it is not only functional but aesthetically a work of art.
Dry stone walling has been a passion of Clives since his interest was piqued as a child growing up in Wales. However it wasn’t until Clive was in his early twenties, living in a small village in Surrey that he had the oppurtunity to work along side a true artisan of dry stone walls. It was here Clive honed his love and apptitude for working with stone. The art of rock placement has been invaluable not only in rock wall construction but the use of stone in other aspects of landscaping such as paths, stairs, dry and wet creek beds, waterfalls, water features, rock gardens, rock sculpture, the list is endless. Migrating to Australia in the early nineties Clive has found the art of stone walling an integral component in many of his Landscape projects.
As Clive often says the wonder of a dry stone wall is that it is a living entity with plants growing in its pockets and native animals finding homes in its recesses. The wall itself is ever changing with the hues of the rock changing colour after a rain and the walls ability to move and adapt around a tree as it ages gracefully on its bank. Ultimately a dry stone wall will not only be enjoyed by you the garden lover but by generations beyond..