Monday, June 10, 2013

Best stone craftsmen in the world advertising on Facebook

Have you ever seen pictures of the old Scottish/English stone walls? Have you ever wanted to learn the age old craft of dry stone walling? We have a rare opportunity for you to learn from the best stone craftsmen in the world. We will be hosting a dry stone wall course in partnership with Maxwell Stone in Collingwood and Dean McLellan Stonework

The above was posted by someone on Facebook May 8th 2013 which Mary responded to below !

Mary Shaw-Rimmington THAT wall isn't in the UK — it's in Port Hope, Ontario on my property, mainly built by my husband, John Shaw-Rimmington,and appeared in Harrowsmith magazine (2004?) Pleased that you are advertizing the best wallers in the world using an image of my husband's work. 


This photo, taken only yesterday is of that same section of my wall, built nearly ten years ago.

I'm pleased to announce that I too will be teaching a dry stone walling class at William Lyon Mackenzie's (past Prime Minister of Canada) huge country estate Kingsmere near Ottawa the nation's capital on July 27 and 28.

Please think about joining us. 


  1. Love this! Any reply from the advertiser?

  2. John, please keep up the good work you are doing. This kind of posting in the academc world would certainly be under scrutiny for plagiarism or copyright violations. I'm sorry I missed the Victoria and the Washington state events. They are both close to home and would have been there if I had known in advance. I'm still a stone addict and am still putting up walls trying to improve my skills.

  3. I am wondering if you are the builder of an archway on the sw corner of the Hayes Line and Cty Rd 10 in Cavan Monaghan Twsp?? I posted a photo of it and many locals are curious about it's history. Linda Lawrence, Cavan

  4. Yes. That is the Mount Pleasant Arch and we built it in 2005. You can learn more about it by typing mount pleasant in the search engine window in the right column of this blog.

  5. Hi John. Brilliant blog on the beehive hut. Your example has vertical walls then leans in with the use of the larger stones. Just wondering how would the arched internal walls of some huts be achieved? A wooden frame or a large mound of earth which would be removed after completion? I cannot find a satisfactory answer anywhere. No excuse, 2 hours from Dingle too. Must get down there. Excellent work!!