Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Laidlaw Stone

Well over a hundred years ago this large stone sign was set in place in the dry stone wall bordering the Laidlaw property up at Balsam Lake Ontario. The three dogs were the family pets.

After having been tipped over sometime since then and after years of neglect, the sign was resurrected out of the earth by myself and others attending one of the first  DSWAC training
sessions in Canada nearly 12 years ago. It was leaned back up against an old section of wall that had been badly repaired back in the 80s. 

In 2011 a full scale repair to that part of the wall was taken on by my crew and the Laidlaw stone was built back into the wall. The name had faded and was to be painted back on after our work was completed. We are going back there next week and I am eager to see how it looks.


  1. Hi John,
    I wondered whether you were aware that the photo appears to show "LAIDLAW BROS." and has what appears to be a fourth dog on it. Burning in Photoshop brings up more detail in the photo.

  2. Good eye, David! I didn't see that.