Friday, 21 October 2016

Traditions in Walling


Whilst dismantling a wall in Birchover recently we found the remains of a small leather shoe/boot. 





I learnt that it was considered good luck to place the shoe of the youngest child in a wall to bring good luck.

So not wanting to break tradition we continued it, replacing the original little show and adding a modern one from a child in the village. I wonder if it will last as long?



Thursday, 16 June 2016

Wildlife in the wall

Wow! An Eyed Hawk moth I think but not flashing it's eyes! Landed on the new built wall at the end of the day
Beautiful...

Pinfold in Birchover

I have the privilege of working with Trevor Wragg, one of Derbyshire's master craftsmen and recently we were rebuilding the pinfold in Birchover. This was a small stone fold where stray animals were rounded up and kept by the 'Pinder' who would then charge a small fee to the owner when the stray animal was collected. 

We reckon that the wall was at least 100 years old possibly 2 and it was interesting that there was no stone packing in the lower half of the wall...instead there was a lot of soil!

Trevor completed the road side which now looks fantastic.





I completed the garden side...I gave Trevor the nicer stone!!!


Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Nell's first day at work

She doesn't actually look that thrilled does she?...and she wasn't after standing on some nettles. 
However, she was helpful standing on the wall, offering advice and repositioning stones she thought were in the wrong place! Think my pace may have slowed a tad!

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Lovely limestone

I have recently really come to love limestone. My mentors Gordon Wilton and Trevor Wragg, both master craftsmen, grew up on limestone and both have encouraged me to do as much as I can. Like many types of stone, limestone varies regionally, locally and even field to field. I have just completed this field entrance in Brassington and have enjoyed working with the different limestone available.

Much of the original wall looked like dolomitic limestone, very gnarly and bobbly. 

The wall was in a poor state with large stone up high...needless to say, these boulders once down, stayed at the bottom!


The delivery from Longcliffe  was lovely blocky limestone that was easy to dress. As you can see from the finished wall it's very different from the original stone.

5 tonnes of new Longcliffe limestone



The finished wall curving into the gateway with a mix of old and new stone