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Students and Instructors will be gathering to build this Harvest Hut in 2025

A new , old looking dry stone arch now graces the Lonsdal Church


July fourth weekend dry stone shower workshop.


Our first DSWAC weekend workshop of 2020 was held at a scenic rural property near Grafton Ontario this spring in late June. Lots of nice stones were waiting to be built into a wall with a gothic arch entrance to a pathway to the old barn. ---------------------------------------------------

Moonstock Festival was held July 20th 2019

July 20 2019, 50 years to the hour of walking on the moon, this fantastic moongate was finished. 

"To paraphrase John Shaw Rimmington,  who envisioned and manifested this magical creation, the first step on the moon was “a giant sleep for mankind”. It is time to wake up and be better guardians of the planet. The moongate which sits in the Northumberland Hills represents the transition to this awakened epoch. 

Thank you John. When you live with an open heart you find yourself in these situations".  Judy Adler


Her antiquity in preceding and surviving succeeding tellurian generations: her nocturnal predominance: her satellitic dependence: her luminary reflection: her constancy under all her phases, rising and setting by her appointed times, waxing and waning: the forced invariability of her aspect: her indeterminate response to inaffirmative interrogation: her potency over effluent and refluent waters: her power to enamour, to mortify, to invest with beauty, to render insane, to incite to and aid delinquency: the tranquil inscrutability of her visage: the terribility of her isolated dominant resplendent propinquity: her omens of tempest and of calm: the stimulation of her light, her motion and her presence: the admonition of her craters, her arid seas, her silence: her splendour, when visible: her attraction, when invisible.

James Joyce, Ulysses



The Franklin Bridge

Photo by Franklin Smith 

"The experience of the five days conducting the briudge workshop in Asheville felt a bit like the dry stone equivalent of a major musical performance. I had been invited to come to Asheville to conduct members of a guest orchestra . The stone/musicians had not seen the music before but sight read and performed the ‘bridge piece’ perfectly. Bravo orchestra !"


The dry stone amphitheater we built at Hart House Farm during the Walling Adross Canada Festival, is still looking marvellous. We revisited the site this winter after ten years. The Venus Gate arch entrance and accompanying 'plinth' is very much a show piece on the University of Toronto property retreat. 


John Shaw-Rimmington designed this unusual 'picket fence' dry stone wall which he and Mark Ricard and Shwn Kelley built recently on the West Coast.

Special thanks to Kevin Carman and Ian for doing the pebble work at the base of the gate boulders.



Our most recent bridge we built in September 2018 in Victoria B.C. showing the process from the 'future bridge site' photo, through to the 'proposed dry stone design', and the 'final construction phase' (with form still in place), to final shot of children enjoying 'finished project'.


Our dry stone bridge we built in the Haliburton Forest late July of 2018


A new dry stone bridge students built during the workshop in Pontypool in early July of 2018


Dry Stone Feature by John Shaw-Rimmington

This dry laid crevice garden wall is looking very attractive. Photographed each spring the stone’s colours seem to match the vibrant new growth everywhere. Garden walls like this can be as practical as they are beautiful, since they not only retain the soil above they provide many secure pockets of planting areas for new plants to grow over the slope of the terrace..


Some Past Dry Stone Installations

Rockport Ontario Canada  


Snow makes the perfect topping for dry stone structures here in Canada.

The Ennismore Arch has become a well known and well loved landmark since it was built two years ago during two consecutive weekend Dry Stone Walling Across Canada Workshops . It can be veiwed in the parkette situated where three different roads converge near Ennismore Ontario.


The 'bones', are the most important aspect of a well designed garden. Carefully fitted stones used in an aestheticly pleasing hardscape create the best bone structure .  This terraced garden has good bones. It will have a strong healthy visual appeal, not just in spring, summer and fall, but also all through the winter.


Farley Mowat Boat

Port Hope's Air and Sea Cadets at the dry stone Farley Mowat Boat-roofed House on November 11th Canada Remembrance Day 2017. Farley would be proud.