2008 Northumberland Dry Stone Wall Festival

Friday, October 10, 2008 to Sunday, October 12, 2008
Stonebridge, Ontario



The 2008 Northumberland Dry Stone Wall Festival

Held near Port Hope , north of Cobourg Ontario 

"One of the best kept secrets in Canada"


Photographer Jonathan Howcroft has now posted on flickr 

many of the great shots which he took

during this spectacular three-day dry stone walling event 


Please check out 


Any images and/or prints are available by contacting him at jonathan@rtype.ca 



Many people discovered the art of building stone structures without the use of mortar last CANADIAN Thanksgiving Weekend, October 11-13 as we celebrated our fifth


As usual admission was free 

 The location this year was- 'Stonebridge', 10 acres of gardens, rolling hills and walls on 2973 Cornish Hollow Rd, R.R. #6 Cobourg, Ontario Canada 








 Beehive Hut Project - A dry stone hut with vaulted roof was completed during the festival.

Dry Stone Demonstration - Teams of wallers will built dry stone ‘trees’ on the festival site.

Student Workshop — on Saturday Oct 11-12; was taught by master craftsman Norman Haddow from Scotland. —(The festival had several events going on all the time during the three days. All were free, except this workshop, which is was fully booked several weeks before the event. Visitors could still watch the workshop during the festival.

Live music- Ancient Music Trio.

The Robin Aggus Boarder Pipe Band and friends 

RKilt kilt makers was there with a trade booth, making custom sporrins.
Sponsors - Derusha Tools 
 Hand Carving Tools
 Parnell Stone and Don Smith Trucking.

A special tents were set up to display various participating waller's work from all over Canada.

Dry stone self-guided walking/driving tour of the Walls of Northumberland County.


Evening Lectures and Films -

    at the Capital Theatre were at 700 pm on Saturday night (followed by Pub Night at the Beamish Inn) Guest Presenters were- geologist and author Robert Thorson, professor at the University of Connecticut and Norman Haddow master craftsman and royal waller to the queen..

Special Guest Waller -

     was Norman Haddow from Scotland 


Many thanks again to all the wallers and presenters who participated in this year's festival! (see list below)!


Andrew Brown-Jackson, Ashbourne,Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Andre Lemieux Ottawa, Ontario

Brandon Spearing, Bethany, Ontario

Carroll Guen Heart Toronto, Ontario

Chris Overing, Montreal, Quebec

Christopher Barclay, Victoria, British Columbia

Dan Rombough, Toronto, Ontario

Dean McLellan, Holstein, Ontario

Donna Grylls, Whitby, Ontario

Evan Oxland, Port Hope, Ontario

Dave Cudworth, Nottawa, Ontario

Eric Landman, Grand Valley,Ontario


Hillary Martin, Toronto, Ontario

Holly Mackie, Grafton, Ontario

Jayson from Montreal,Quebec

Joe Mitchell, Port Hope, Ontario

Joel Dick, Ottawa, Ontario

John Scott, Perth, Ontario

Jonathan Howcroft, Toronto, Ontario


Jeff (Jon's helper) Toronto, Ontario

Laurie Mitchell, Port Hope, Ontario

Leslie Ferguson, Curtis, Ontario

Norman Haddow, Crieff, Scotland, United Kingdom

Marguerite Long, Garden Hill, Ontario

Menno Braam, Toronto, Ontario

Morris Pratt, Blackstock, Ontario

Reid Snow, Oakville, Ontario

Scott George, Rochester, New York


Scott Young, Montreal, Quebec

Steven Nevin, Oakville, Ontario

Fred Cory

Deborah Henderson

Julian Nelson

Robin Aggus

Deborah Northey

Dave Henderson

Robert Thorson, Conn. USA

Craig from Derusha

Robert of Rkilts

.....and many many others who cooked the lunches

and helped serve food,

who ran children's activities

organized events,

supervised parking

billeted many of the wallers

hosted social events over the weekend

and helped put up and take down the tents.

More recent internet posted artcles about Canadian Dry Stone Walling,



There are a number of pics on flickr, by Jonathan Howcroft

of everything that happened

at the Northumberland Dry Stone Wall Festival

in Canada Oct 11-13 2008

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