A week before Thanksgiving and our Canadian Dry Stone Wall Festival, I made the 4 and a half hour drive to Hanover Ontario to attend an interesting event put on by Tim and Donna Kraemer of Ground Effects Landscaping.
Dean Mclellan was able to arrange to have several celebrity wallers from Britain fly in for this event (appropriately called 'Stoneworx') and to be involved in the completion of a very sturdy looking dry stone stable that he was building, as well as to teach a few walling courses, test a number of students, and give presentations.
I was pleased to meet up with Andrew Loudon again as well as Bill Noble and his very skilled daughter Lydia and also to meet Bill's son Cuthbert for the first time.
I also was able to finally meet Stephen Harrison a fine gentleman by all accounts, a master craftsman with the DSWA of UK who was teaching a training course at the time.
There were others there too who I recognized including our very own Willa Wick and Menno Braam and Raine. I wasn't able to stay and see the roof lowered on to the stable structure with a huge crane. I understand it went on without a hitch. Well maybe there was one hook-shaped one. Congrats to everyone who was involved in the walling projects at Stonewurx and those who came from far and near to raise awareness of the kind of cool things that can be done in Canada shaping and fitting stone upon stone.