Many people have told us that the 2007 Northumberland Dry Stone Wall Festival was the best one ever.
Three days of wonderful early music was provided by the Ancient Music Trio, as wallers from the States and Canada worked together on two amazing projects which were gradually built during the long Canadian Thanksgiving weekend festival. The first structure was an unusual adaption of a sheepfold, nicknamed a Sheepshear, it incorporated a slim gothic arch entrance way into two curved C walls which were designed to be facing each other.
Jon Howcroft works on the key stone for the gothic arch.
Rubble Helix built by Reid Snow, Stephen Nevin and Patrick Callon.
The other demonstartion feature was a bold attempt at building the world's first permanent double helix dry stone structure, based on a (first ever) temporary structure constructed last winter at an advanced DSWAC dry stone workshop,held indoors at Ground Covers Unlimited in Bethany Ontario. See 'Latest Submissions page, Rubble Helix article' The vertical walls of this helix twisted around each other held together only by large stone rungs placed every foot up the structure. This Rubble Helix rotated to over 140 degrees and although it looks quite precarious Bob Moss, a well known engineer who lives in Port Hope, assures us that it is quite structural.
Other events at the festival included children's events such as stone balancing and constructing of traditional inukchuks . Elsewhere on the spacious and beautiful Garden Hill festival property, people participated in the beginners dry stone wall workshop and participated in various stone stacking/weight-comparison competitions.
In the evenings there were special presentations given at the beautifully restored Capitol Theatre in Port Hope, Ontario. Saturday night, stone restorationist Bobby Watt from Ottawa, offered his very candid observations about styles of stonework in and around Port Hope. Norman Haddow, master craftsman and dry stone waller who works at Balmoral castle spoke on the history of dry stone structures in Scotland.
On Sunday evening Mary Crnkovich who is a trained stone mason and sculptor, spoke on the Iqaluit dry stone projects that she and Jo Hodgson collaborated on in Arctic Canada.
Elsewhere in Port Hope this Thanksgiving miniatures of dry stone walls appeared in bookstore and gallery windows in keeping with the Northumberland Walling Festival theme.
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