Dave who runs a buisiness in Montana called Stoneworks first met up with Sean a fellow waller in Ventura California who coincidently came from Missoula too. Last January four international instructors including Sean Adcock and I were there in Ventura teaching a retaining wall workshop for the Stone Foundation which Dave and Sean both attended.
Back at Missoula Dave and Peter Mullins who came in from Gualala California began planning a special curved wall installation and together and with Sean's help they built a magnificent 80 foot long 6 foot high dry stone wall at Draftworks, a new brew pub that opened recently in town.
They used a beautiful coloured round glacial stone found locally. Dave and Sean spent many days procuring this material by pulling it out stone by stone from a nearby landfill 'deck' they arranged to pick material from. The wall, after it was sprayed down washed off to reveal some stunning blues, greens, purples and pink colous all typical of this kind of argillite. The whole project took 8 weeks and has attracted alot of attention.
Dave said he really enjoyed working with that kind of stone for a change because there was no way the stones could be shaped with tools, and so it became strictly a matter of finding the right shapes and fitting them together in order to build the wall.