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About Copestone

Copestone Dry Stone Walling is located in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales and therefore has the joy and challenge of working with lime, grit and sandstone; all typical of this region.

Working on a wide range of projects across Derbyshire and Staffordshire has given me a broad experience with local stone and styles. I enjoy the challenge of more intricate work required in domestic settings to incorporate features into walls and build walls that you, the customer will enjoy looking at. Like many wallers I also enjoy getting back to my roots and field walling. Often in beautiful settings I am often rebuilding walls and stepping in the footsteps of those original wallers decades and even centuries earlier.

I am happy to meet to discuss any work you have in mind. but would advise this is done ahead of time as like many competent and skilled wallers we are often booked up well in advance!

 I am a qualified and experienced waller and am registered with the Dry Stone Walling Association as a professional dry stone waller( 

For the last 5 years, as well as working on my own jobs I have been fortunate to have worked alongside 
Trevor Wragg, a Master Craftsman. Through this opportunity I have gained a wide and varied experience 
of more complex walls and features including large landscaping projects. Although Trevor is now retired
he still has the odd day out walling and sometimes will join me for a day or two walling.

Utilising my many years of training and teaching I teach walling for
 the Derbyshire Branch of the 
Dry Stone Walling Association and to private individuals and groups.
I also give talks about my remarkable work transition, details can be found on the Talks and Links page.

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