Two Dry Stone Wall Building Workshops with Dan Snow

Sunday, July 17, 2011 to Thursday, July 28, 2011
The English Harbour Arts Centre- English Harbour, Newfoundland
Beginner Seminar


The dry stone workshops at English Harbour have been treated to buffeting winds, lightning storms, muffling fog and dazzling sunshine over these past two weeks. Participants have gone from working in tee shirts to suiting up in insulated rain-gear. Whatever the weather conditions of the day (or hour) it’s been exhilarating working on the Newfoundland coast. The wide vistas of boreal forestland and ever-changing seascape have made a dramatic backdrop to our dry stone activities.

This week’s group began by examining the previously completed pillars and lanterns and sketching ideas for the third installation. By assessing the building site and stone supply they were able to find areas where their abstract ideas intersected with the reality of ‘field conditions.’ A consensus was reached on a design that featured a ledge/ramp that spiraled twice around a cone shaped structure. Next was to design the temporary framework that would guide the stonework as it progressed upward. By the end of the third day they were only a handful of stones away from topping out the piece.


The completed dry stone feature built at year's workshop taught by Dan Snow at English Bay, Nfld.


Art and the working landscape: Shaping our environment today

"Cultivated land is a handmade environment. In centuries past, the face
of  Newfoundland was shaped by domestic agricultural. While many of
the stone walls built during those times have lost their stature as
fences, their presence remains a defining characteristic of the land.
The close attention that farmers paid to their surroundings is
comparable to the awareness artists bring to their work. Dry stone
construction is a logical medium of expression for an artist working in the landscape." 
                                                                                           Dan Snow