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Creativity. 
John Shaw-Rimmington - stoneworker, designer and inveterate blogger. (https://thinking-stoneman.blogspot.com/) puts the esoteric world of the creative process into words.  Philosohical. Amazing. Downright creative.

Artistic Stonework. Sunny Wieler.  Is there a difference between "Artistic" and "Creative"?   A look at some of the artistic garden designs Sunny has planned and executed in Eire.

Gualala: Grating and Creating: Thoughts on the Art of Collaboration (part 1).  Sean Adcock.  Pete Mullins is a Californian who loves stone and is filling his property with stonework.  A look at some of the projects he has commissioned and some of the processes involved in their design and execution.

The Druids' Temple & Other Stonework.   John Heselgrave.  Stone follies and amazing bridges created in the late 17th and early 19th centuries by William Danby on the Swinton Estate in North Yorkshire

Egg and Fruit Walling. Max Nowell.  Stone Garden cairns built to resemble birds eggs and fruit.

Masterclass: Fat Tony and the Art of Coursing: Part 1.  Sean Adcock.  Types of coursing, the use of lines, varying heights and thickness, random foundations, using shapes and shaping.  All you ever wanted to know about coursed walling but were afraid to ask - in all probability more than you ever wanted to know, and who is Fat Tony?

DSWA Wales.  A brief update

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Stein und Wein Austria.  Sunny WeilerA photo journal of a week-long training and wine extravaganza held in Langenlois, Austria in 2015. AN EXTRACT FROM THIS ARTICLE CAN BE FOUND HERE

The Pinnacle of Trail Building.  Gavin Rose.  A dangerous section of pathway on Mount Rosea in the Grampians National Park in Victoria, Australia, is  tamed through the use of stone and a great deal of ingenuity.

The Shaping of Australia's Cultural Landscape. Raelene Marshall.  How early European immigrants adapted the dry stone skills of their Homelands to survive in a new and harsh Terrain.  Adapted/extended version of a paper presented to the 8th International Dry Stone Walling Congress in Switzerland 2002.

Walls in Australia: A Personal Recollection.  Sally Hodgson.  Sally looks back to a time in her early years as a dry stone waller, coupled with a look at "If these walls could talk" a report on the types of wall found in this part of Victoria.

Those dry-stone walls: stories from South Australia's stone age.  NIck Aitken.  A review of Bruce Munday's book about the walls of South Australia and the history behind them.

Australia's Indigenous Stonework. Raelene Marshall.  An insight into the ancient use and modern day management of dry stone structures (especially fish traps) by Australia's Indigenous people.  Adapted from a paper presented at 13th International Dry Stone Walling Congress in Sardinia Italy 2012.

Rogues Gallery.  How not to use Sydney Sandstone

In Search of Stones: a dry stone connection to land.  Sean Adcock takes a Brief look at a photo book by Raelene Marshall.

Masterclass. Masterclass:  Problems and Planning Part 5 -  A Pot Pourri Compromise.  Sean AdcockThe long drawn out series is concluded by a series of bits and pieces, mostly esoteric considerations which can lead to better walling.

Photos:  Mostly new Australian walls

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There I was:  Kyle Schlagenhauf. An epic dry stone project literally on the rim of the Grand Canyon.

Asfontylitis:  Ioulia (Julia) Papaeftychiou.  The preservation of a dry stone settlement on the Cycladic Island of Amorgos.

Great Zimbabwe-A personal account:  Richard Tufnell.  One man's experience of one of the world's oldest dry stone settlements.

The nature of soil for drystone walling - with earth pressure calculation:  Theo Schmidt.  How the properties of soil can affect retaining walls, and how to calculate some of the forces involved.

Britain and Ireland's Walling Treasures: Redrawing patterns:   Sean Adcock.  Revisiting a "Waller and Dyker" article looking at distinctive regional styles, particularly the inclined stonework of Purbeck.

Masterclass. Planning part 4.  Grading Revisited: Sean Adcock.  An in depth look at whether large on small is good or bad, and  an extended examination of joints


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Corbelled Constructions on Menorca: Borut Juvanec.  The history and typology of dry stone buildings on Menorca from caves to  Barracas/Pont de bestiar via naveta and talyots.

Espai  paret seca - the dry stone wall space:  Frédérique Mahieu and Sean Adcock.  The dry stone features of Menorca and a detailed look at a new construction on the island, illustrating wall types and features.

The Yorkshire Rogue:  John Heslegrave.  Analysis of a failed repair at Gunnerside in Swaledale.

Surprising Finds and Related Observations in Sundry Japanese Stone Work: Evan Oxland.  Mostly bridges of varying design, along with some stone carpentry.

Masterclass: Problems & Planning part 3:  Sean Adcock.  A detailed look at how stones similar in type (size/shape/geology) have a habit of grouping together, and a detailed analysis of dealing with the problem of '1 on 3'.

The StoneBridge - part 2:  Patrick McAfee.  The anatomy of a bridge, definitions and descriptions of the main components of a bridge.

Hammering it Home #1:  Alan Ash.  An introduction to the world of masonry hammers.

Griffith Griffith (Re)Visited :  Sean Adcock.  Following on from an article in Stonechat 27 the editor visits San Francisco's Fort Point and its Old Mint, and subsequently discovers JS Emery, Griffith's rival.

BRANCH NEWS:  A very brief report on activities in the year to date and the publication of 2 welsh language leaflets,Branch Committee and Diary.

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Baalbek - An enigma:  Vince Lee.  How did the gigantic 'mexalithic stones' underpinning the Roman temple at Baalbek in the Lebabnon, get there?

Lime Kilns:  Anthony G Keates.  A look at the development of stone-built limekilns from early field kilns to industrial scale operations.

The Stone Bridge - part 1:  Patrick McAfee.  First in a series looking at the design and build of stone bridges.

Clawdd Cuckoo Land:   Sean Adcock.  Adapting Clawdd walling for cold climates at the Canadian Festival of Stone, held at St Marthe, Montreal  October, 2012.

From Penrhyn, Wales to Penryn, California:  Douglas Brown.  The life of Griffith Griffith from North Welsh slate to Californian Granite.

The Chelsea Trullo:  Andrew Loudon. Creating a corbelled roof for Nigel Dunnett's Royal Bank of Canada Blue Water Garden at the 2012 Chelsea Flower Show.

Masterclass: Problems and planning part 2:   Sean Adcock.  How poor grading can lead to poor jointing.

Rogues Gallery : A detailed rogues gallery, a bit of a rant asking whether people get what they deserve?

BRANCH NEWS : A brief look at the main events the North Wales Branch has lined up for 2013 and the new committee, Branch Diary 2013.

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Sharps 'n' flats - A medley on flint as a building material: Shawn KholucyA look at the history and use of flint as a building material in east Anglia.

Bakersfield?  Sounds like a place in need of a bake oven:  John Shaw-Rimmington.  A look at a project to build a bake oven in California.

'Fresh Footsteps Tread An Old And Well Beaten Path' - The Dry Stone Association of Ireland:   Ken Curran & Waldemar Wower.  The recent birth of the Irish incarnation of DSWA by its founder members.

The Pixie Houses Of Devonshire:  Roger Perry.  The stone houses used to store fire ash around Dartmoor.

Masterclass: Problems and planning part 1:  Sean Adcock.  How one fault often leads to another and the importance of recognising how these develop and thinking ahead

Booklets: Codi Cloddiau/Clawdd Construction; Stonework:  Sean Adcock.   What's in two booklets recently published by the North Wales Branch?

The Carlow Fence:  Fran Coady/Nick Aitken.  A note on this famed Irish structure, followed by a review of a book on the same.

Tigh na Cailleach  -The House of the Old Woman:  Norman Haddow.  The story of the repair of an 'ancient monument' in Glen Lyon

The Physics of Dry Stone Walls (Part 2):  Theo Schmidt.  The theory behind dry stone retaining walls.

Potato houses: Sean Adcock.  Clamps and root cellars in Wales, Yorkshire and USA.

Rogues Gallery: Another look at "Zippers", a type of running joint.

Branch news, contacts and diary


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A Gathering of Stone:  Alan Ash.  Review of dave Goulder's latest CD

A Typology of Japanese Dry Stone Masonry: Evan Oxland.  A look at bonding and stone treatments, primarily in Japanese castle building

9 Standards Who, When & Why?  Dr.Stephen  Walker.  We revisit the 9 standards to look at their origins

Stone Traps:  Sean Adcock.  A look at stone fox traps in Cumbria and beyond.

A Slovenian Odyssey: Norman Haddow.  A recent Churchill Fellowship to visit Slovenia and reconstruct a Hiška.  Edited by Sean Adcock

The Physics of Dry Stone Walling:  Theo Shmidt.  A look at gravity, forces and friction.

Masterclass: Sean Adcock.  A brief look at hearting.

Little Owls: Emily Joachim.  A year in the life of the little owl

Branch News:
OYD @ Corwen.  Martyn Smith.  The Otley and Yorkshire Dales Branch are the guests of the North wales Branch on a project at Plas Derwen, Corwen.
Delving in Dinorwic.  Colin Brown.  An account of the Branch's guided walk to see the stone structures of Dinorwic Quarry
New Committee & Review of 2011








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