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Gerry Grabowski

Hi John: I was just wondering if it'd be possible to set up some type of
member to member website, where members could post questions or topics that
others, novices, or people with less experience would be able to answer,
help each other, show off their successes, get advice, etc.
The Dry Stone Conservancy/US has such a site, but your efforts are much
more informative, and have been referred to others by me on their site. Please don't take offense, as you've been tremendous in helping all of us
novices, but it's just another option.
All of the members listed are pretty much professionals, and I don't feel
comfortable bothering them with minor questions.
Also, at the Port Hope Seminar, a few attendees were talking about
planning building walls and another person would say get a hold of me and
I'll help you. This type of networking would be beneficial to the art of
Dry Stone Wall Construction and Conservation. We may not be perfect, but
that's how we learn.
Thank you for considering this question, keep up the good work, and here's
hoping you and Mary many more successes in the new year.

Yours truly, Gerry Grabowski

Wall on.

christian lassurer

I will be delighted to publish a page on Ontario's first dry stone hut in
pierreseche.com. It is nice to see that the art of drystone building is now
firmly entrenched in your country. My congratulations to yourself and DSWAC
members for building this fine hut.

I have inserted a link to the DSWAC website in the pierreseche.com home page.

Best regards,

Christian Lassurer

Gerald Grabowski

First, congratulations on a Very Successful Rocktoberfest. I enjoyed the
pictures, and seeing them, tells me that everyone able to attend was
treated to a well planned, informative, instructional weekend.
The varied activities gave all those in attendance something to take
back, or enjoy while there, especially the other previously built
structures and bridges in the area..
At the rate you're going, Canada may take over the British Isles as the
Dry Stone Wall Center of the Universe.


I myself have created many projects using field stone with mortar but have always been interested in the dry wall technique. The Dry Stone Wall site is both informative and a pleasure to the senses. Thanx Scott

Thomas G. Laviolette

Thanks John, I am so pleased I was able to get Theresa Forte to feature this great workshop experience. The student feedback has been incredible.
Again many thanks on behalf of all who participated and Niagara Parks!!!

Best Tom
Thomas G. Laviolette NPD
Acting Director of Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens, Butterfly Conservatory,
School of Horticulture and Parks Floriculture


What a wonderful festival! Each year I can hardly imagine that the current one can be as good as the last. The Cabanne was outstanding, the Christmas trees and the children structures a delight, and well done to the students on the course, they did a fine job. I really enjoyed the food and probably most of all the amazing feeling of friendship and comunity which pervaded the three days. Despite coming as an outsider I felt the warmth of welcome and the memory will stay with me.
Norman Haddow

John Scott, Coordinator, Heritage Masonry, Algonquin College

Thank you to all who organized and energized Rocktoberfest 08. It was an honour to work with so many skilled and enthousiastic wallers who share such admiration of stone and passion for building. It was also wonderful to see so many Algonquin grads be a part of what I strongly believe to be the best association in Canada. The Dry Stone Festival is a must-attend event for anyone working with stone and should be an annual pilgrimage for all stonemasons across Canada and beyond. I left inspired, humbled and well-fed. I look forward to seeing you all again next year!
John Scott

PS. Thanks for the opportunity to work on the dry stone hut ...it is trulli Canadian!

chris overing

Thanks for the flickr link!

It’s nice to see all the images of the completed structure at the festival, the guy scaling the exterior, and the ring of builders’ faces in the inside shot; you arrange stones very photogenically!

John Henry

The cabanne is impressive. The cabannes I've seen in the Pyrenees are
much rougher and less precise. I think it is a really
cool structure and I was thrilled to see you've built one.

Chris Overing

Thank you all for another incredible experience! - I always leave these events renewed and invigorated, inspired by what can be done and how effortlessly monumental projects can be achieved with coordinated and enthusiastic participation!

Chris Barclay

Well done on making the festival a reality. You certainly have done a magnificent job in raising awareness and admiration in the area of stone and walling. I am honoured even to consider myself a part of such a great group of persons and am looking forward to next year!

Mario Daigle

It is through an article in the Montreal Gazette dated October 5, 2008 that opened my eyes regarding stone walls. They were talking about Mr.Chris Overing's dry stonewall masterpiece being assembled in the Hudson, Quebec region. Wow, what beauty!. Then, I went over to take a look at your DSWA link he gave. I've always been interested in historical sites of value either in England, elsewhere or HERE in Canada for that matter, but honestly, I don't think I've ever really payed close attention to stone walls...I wasn't even aware of "dry" stone walls!. Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to inform "outsiders". Now, I'll be on the lookout more than ever for these works of art!. A VERY interesting and intemporal subject indeed. Lasting witnesses of yesteryears and years to come!. :-)

jim scott

John, and all at DSWAC ,well done on the completion of the drystone hut,you
guys and gals ,at the DSWAC,sure are adventurous, in what you build,once
again ,well done to all,

Sandra Pigeau

There are no words to describe the beauty of just what took place this week-end in Cornish Hollow at the Dry Stone Festival. When you walk up to Judy and Gunters patio and look beyond the gazebo, your eye catches that amazing beehive structure, with the stone christmas trees in all their glory and of course the student wall in the distance with the backdrop of coloured leaves, it takes your breath away. Many hours of hardwork and dedication went into the planning of this incredible event. No one can truly comprehend all the unseen events that took place in order for this event to unfold to the huge success it was. Wallers are an amazing group of people who can come together, work hard, have fun and create something truly beautiful that will last forever. God Bless the Stone! Sandy

Pam McCormack

Perfect time, perfect place, perfect people, perfect weather, perfect circumstances..........and most of all perfect wallers, what an awesome group of them. They made this Dry Stone Wall Festival an awe inspiring experience with their quiet dedication to the life of the stone.......here's to the placement of many more in the time yet to come. It would be my greatest pleasure to work along side you one day. There are so many people to thank for every effort they made, no matter how large or small, know that without you the magic would not have been possible..........I look forward to sitting with Judy, the gracious host, in the beehive hut, to absorb some of the energy from these placed stones, placed with such love. Pam

Nick Aitken

Hi John,
I send best wishes for your festival and greetings to Norman from hame. Please pass my regards to Robert Thorson, I have corrresponded with him
about the language of stone and will talk to him further over the winter.
Best wishes,


Good morning,
I have a house built by stone. Now the stone it's detoriating, the wall in
buldging out. Would you have a list of people who could rebuilt for me?
Thank you for your help
John Acs


John, I love clicking on your website (now on my bookmarks bar) to see the new photo's each day or so, nice work on the building!

Warwick Hubber
Garden Artisan Landscapes
1311 Three Meadow Lane,
Friday Harbor,Wa 98250
360 317 7587


Dave H wrote....

Hi John. Great new web page!
Is the Oct festival open to the casual
observer? I'd like to see how the bridge is holding up.

The answer is yes, during the festival, the property is open to anyone to see all the walls and the bridge!


Kyle M

Hello DSWAC! Wow, what amazing work you do. I was lucky enough to meet
some of you and see your talents at the Kingsmere Workshop last weekend,
and thought I would see if I could find out some more information. You
have a really great website!
Very best of luck, and thanks again for showing off your great work!