The women out numbered the men 8 to 7 in this spectacular dry stone walling workshop in Collingwood Ontario, which will be the last DSWAC course till the end of the summer. (due to how crazy hot it gets here in Canada during the summer months) The property of Ray and Cathy Goodman was the perfect setting for the event. The 30 to forty tons of stones were lovingly collected by the Goodmans and their friends from the fence rows on the 51 acres of rolling hills and mossy forest. The site was prepared to include a good 70 foot gravel foundation for the wall footprint, as well as bags and bags of hearting material (small stones for the inside packing of the wall) deposited along the line of the wall to be.
There was a wonderful selection laid out of many different sizes and shapes of both limestone and granite rocks to be used in the workshop focusing on building two walls along the perimeter of the lawn.
Competent wallers Dean Mclellan and Matthew Ring assisted DSWAC president John Shaw-Rimmington in teaching the basics of dry stone wall construction to eager students who came from as far away as Montreal ,Toronto, Guelph and Grimsby Ontario for the weekend.
There were fabulous lunches both days provided by Cathy including lemon chicken nuggets, smoked salmon, fresh trout and mackerel, corn on the cob, bean salads and deserts of apricot flans, rhubarb pie and strawberry shortcake. Wow!
Unlike many of the other workshops, this time we had plenty of through stones to use in the walls, which we placed in such a way so as to provide shelf space for potted plants The two walls ( 40 feet and 30 feet) were completed over the two days except for a segment coping-stones (soon to be added) and people left on the Sunday evening saying things like it was one of the best times they've ever had , or more fun than going on vacation and lying around on the beach.
A poem as lovely as a wall,
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast
And lifts her stoney arms to pray
A nest of Robins in her hair
Who intimately lives with rain
Without the slightest hint of tracing
But it takes a dry stone wall seminar to make a wall.