Bloom n' Art: A festival of art and nature - Dry Stone Walling Workshop

Friday, July 16, 2010 to Saturday, July 17, 2010
Crysler Ontario
Beginner Seminar

Participants at the DSWAC workshop in Crysler continue to extend the length of the dry stone wall which they successfully completed last weekend.





 One of the volunteers workshop at the Beyond the House festival near Crysler Ontario, Ben Villeneau, (in the red shirt)  takes extra time on the hearting before he lays his next rock.




A flowing curved corner section of wall was completed last Saturday and Sunday in Crysler Ontario. Nine enthusiastic wallers built it during the workshop held at the annual Beyond the House Garden Festival. It is made from the remains of an old limestone foundation recovered from a nearby property. (The Cluettt's dog Patches suspects his ball may be in the wall too)


The Cluett's dog Patches rose early yesterday morning and waited in the front yard eager to see the new wall that the students were going to build at the Bloom and Art Festival this weekend in Crysler Ontario. However there was no way he was going to let anyone try to use his tennis ball for hearting.



Bloom ’n Art Festival July 17th and 18th, 2010

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Russell, Ontario, July 6th, 2010

Set amongst three acres of mature display gardens, the festival brings together an accomplished and expanding collection of local artists and musicians in a unique setting.    This year the festivals heritage trades showcase included ongoing demonstrations of dry stone walling  and  blacksmithing.  

Participants  learned the ancient art of building walls without mortar while creating a unique curved wall in a garden setting.  An ancient trade, nearly forgotten, dry stone walling is currently undergoing a renaissance in Canada.  

This seminar follows on our successful dry stone bridge project in nearby MacDougall Park (Russell, Ontario) completed in 2009.     Members of the media and public observed the seminar participants as the wall was constructed: a visually interesting and dynamic process.    

The 2010 Bloom ’n Art Festival took place July 17th and 18th, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  It is located at 13957 Morewood Road, Morewood (35 minutes south-east of Ottawa).  Directions may be found at