Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Patrick Callon

Landscape designer Patrick Callon leans against a stone wall outside his Parkhouse Dr. home east of London. (CRAIG GLOVER/The London Free Press)
Using age old techniques and waste material

A recent article in the London Free Press

'Several years ago, local landscape designer Patrick Callon was impressed and intrigued by dry stone wall builders at Canada Blooms, Canada’s largest horticultural exhibition in Toronto. The kilt-clad crew attracted a crowd as they used age-old techniques to erect a dry stone wall — a stone without any mortar between the stones — during the few days of the show.

“I discovered dry stone and met John Shaw-Rimmington,” said Callon, who has been in business for 32 years. “He was a mentor to many young Canadians who got into dry stone construction. He’s a quirky artist who influenced a lot.”

Callon was drawn to the stone.

“The material spoke to you. It wasn’t forced so much. The more I took courses, I realized if you’re on the track of environmental sensitivity, it was a fairly raw product. It’s also waste material, not the select material.”

Coming from the land, dry stone walls blend right in.

“A stone wall gives you peace. Every time you look at it, you see something different. It’s never the same canvas.”

That look appeals to people who crave an artisanal style….'