DRY STONE WALLING ASSOCIATION
CYMDEITHAS WALIAU CERRIG SYCHION

Canghennau Gogledd a De Cymru
North and South Wales Branches
Oversize high, ClwydianHills, RJones.jpg
Soldiers1, Anglesey, Adcock.jpg
Poor structure and coping,ClwydianHills, RJones.jpg
Joints and structure, Glencoe, Aitken.jpg
Derbyshire Gritstone After, Wragg.jpg
Derbyshire Gritstone Beforer, Wragg.jpg
Joints, structure, DerbyshireLimestone, Wragg.jpg
Poor sandstone, Mason.jpg
Poor sandstone2, Mason.jpg
Tight sandstone, Mason.jpg
Tight, Mason.jpg
Tight2, Mason.jpg
Poor structure, Caithness, Gunn.jpg
Innapropriate stone, BlackwellK.jpg
Innapropriate Stone Caithness, Aitken.jpg
Oolitic limestone better repair, BlackwellK.jpg
Oolitic limestone poor repair, BlackwellK.jpg
Bad end and structure, Aitken.jpg
bad corner, Duggan.jpg
poorly tied corner, Duggan.jpg
Pins shimms n structure, Adcock.jpg
Poor structure under construction, Mynydd Llandegai, Adcock.jpg
Structure and pins, Nant Gwynant, Adcock.jpg
The bilingual booklet "Codi Cloddiau/Clawdd Construction"  and "Stonework: a technical guide to standards and identification of faults in dry stone walling" are now available.

Click on relevant images for  Welsh/English versions of the booklets.    The bilingual A4 centre-fold Clawdd specification is available here.

A separate, short,  bilingual Technical Specification for Cloddiau based around the A4 Clawdd specification is now available from Sean Adcock at the address below, please send A5 sae.  Pdfs are available here  in English and Welsh with a bilingual specification drawing

Stonework's associated DSWA leaflet "A Guide to Commissioning, Inspecting and Assessing of Stonework" can be downloaded from here, as can the Welsh language version "Canllaw i Gomisiynu, Archwilio ac Asesu Waliau Cerrig Sychion"

A5 printed copies of the full bilingual clawdd leaflet and "Stonework" are available from the North Wales Branch (Gwaith Cerrig is only available as a .pdf), these are free although if you would like to make a donation (1 each is suggested) to help with reprinting costs that would be much appreciated.  Send an A5 sae (Large stamp) per copy to Sean Adcock 2, Bryn Eithin, Waen, Penisarwaun, Caernarfon Gwynedd.  Or send a cheque for 2 per copy payable to North Wales Branch DSWA of GB, and we'll sort out the p&p.  

If you have problems with downloads please contact the site administrator
THIS PAGE IS UNDER DEVELOPMENT
This page supplements the booklet "Stonework: a technical guide to standards and identification of common faults in dry stone walling" a publication from the North Wales Branch outlining bad walling practice, available as pdf in both English and Welsh.

The page is not fully functioning sections have still to be developed, no section is complete, text needs adding.  Eventually there will be an associated Welsh-English glossary 

The standards photo gallery is divided into sections to mirror the 'chapters' in Stonework.  Click on an image to see more examples in that category.  A number of photos occur in more than one category.  The gallery is made up of a few good but mostly poor examples across a variety of stone types to aid comparison/evaluation.

If you have any photos you would be willing to add to the collection please send them to Sean Adcock.  We are particularly keen to add to the collection of examples of good walls and bad walls from the same locality and stone type

All Photos remain copyright of photographer.   The last part of image name refers to the photographer, who can be contacted from the list present on each page:
Adcock, Sean    Aitken, Nick      Blackwell, Kevin   Duggan, Geoff   Gunn, George    Jones, Richard    Mason, Andy    Wragg, Tevor
Photos at the bottom of this page are waiting to be assigned  homes

GRADING/STRUCTURE  
LENGTH INTO  WALL
CONTACT
- Comparisons of tight and loose
SUBSEQUENT BUILDING
CROSSING JOINTS
STONE PLACEMENT/STRUCTURE
-    Pinning
-    Plates/shims 
-    Vertically set stones 
-    Soldiers/book-ends
-    Triangular/wedge shaped stone 
-    Towering/stacking 
SET TO TRUE HORIZONTAL
LINE AND BATTER
-    Wall dimensions 
HEARTING
FOUNDATIONS 
THROUGHSTONES 
COPING 
RETAINING WALLS
WALL ENDS

Check duggan heselgrave
(tadcasterand others) good
Length
Contact
Pinning
Vertical stones
Test yourself
Joints
Structure
    CRAFTSMAN CERTIFICATION SCHEME
The DSWA operates the only nationally recognised certification scheme in the craft - The Craftsman Certification Scheme.  Through Lantra Awards this form part of the Qualification Curriculum Framework.  

The scheme has 4 levels with the first three levels carrying Lantra Awards.  

Level 1: Initial - Able to undertake minor works, having demonstrated their ability to rebuild gaps in free-standing dry stone walls.

Level 2: Intermediate - Able to undertake most general walling work to a good standard, and have demonstrated their ability to construct a sound, free-standing dry stone wall which includes a cheek-end.

Level 3: Advanced  - A level indicating high technical skill.  Have a proven ability to build set pieces of work with an emphasis on finish and quality including construction of retaining walls, curves.

Master Craftsman - A high level of quality and technical expertise.  Have a proven ability to produce quality work to a high standard in a variety of commercial conditions including the construction of a full range of features, e.g. steps, stiles, pillars, arches, etc

Further Details of the scheme including application forms (separate in Welsh Version, Included in English) are available as pdfs click on the images left or right.  hard copies can be obtained from the DSWA Office or either Branch Secretary