Welcome to the Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada
The Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada is a not for profit association of professional and amateur wallers that promote the art, craft and science of dry stone walling and dry stone features in Canada. The aesthetic appeal and natural beauty of stone creates a wonderful accent to any landscape, urban and rural, and the association intends to increase awareness to the general public of the advantages and possibilities of working with stone.
By building relationships across Canada with like-minded individuals and groups the association hopes to assist in the development of a truly unified Canadian dry stone community. In support of this philosophy, the association will also be providing opportunities for training and education to enhance and develop the skills of the trade.
2013 Annual General Meeting
The AGM was held at Parkwood Estate in Oshawa. Having enough members to fulfill quorum we proceeded with the meeting and had presentations on the past 18 months of the association: we reviewed the events in Alton and Ferris Provincial park, discussed finances, and looked to 2014 for future opportunities.
Best of all, we had elections!
Evan Oxland, Bill Jeffers, and Sean Donnelly were elected to the Board of Directors, and Andre Lemieux accepted to take on the role of Registrar. Thank You for your support and congratulations.
The following are events hosted or supported by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada:
Dry Stone Wall Workshop - September 13 - 14th 2014
Be a part of history by learning to rebuild dry stone walls on Amherst Island.
This two-day course on historic Amherst Island (southwest of
Kingston, Ontario) is open to masons, landscapers and enthusiasts of
all abilities. The island features many dry stone walls dating back to
the late 1700's/early 1800's.
This hands-on course will cover safety, basic terminology, structure
and styles of dry stone walling. Students will be able to identify proper
walling techniques and construct their own walls with an
understanding of structure.
The course includes 15 hours of
instruction, refreshments and meals. The format allows time for
students to ask questions regarding their own projects. It is a rain or
shine event, and students are required to bring their own walling
tools, safety shoes, eye wear protection and appropriate clothing.
Payment can be via paypal(see below) or by cheque
Make cheque payable to: Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada
Mail cheque to:
Dry Stone Canada
c/o Bill Jeffers
24 Sword St.
Alton Mill, Alton Ontario
Dry Stone Walling Festival - October 10th and 11th, 2014
Presented by Alton Mill and the Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada
Our annual walling festival will be held on October 10th and 11th (Friday and Saturday) of the Thanksgiving Weekend at the Alton Mill in Alton Ontario. The festival is our annual gathering of professional wallers and walling enthusiasts. Our hosts, the Alton Mill, are very enthusiastic about this event. It is a excellent venue, and a beautiful locale for supporting our festival. While not all the details are finalized, we do know that there will be a 2 day walling workshop to build a wall, and that we will be building a number of stone features on the property. The intention for the features is to have groups of wallers submit an idea for a feature and then, of course, build it. As well, we will be inviting international walling guests to come and work with us. There will be events in the evening as well.
To register for the festival (student workshop or member attendee), and for more information please visit our Events page.
August 23 - 24th 2014: Ferris Provincial Park, Campbellford, Ontario
Beginner Walling Workshop and Heritage Wall Restoration
Presented by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada and the Friends of Ferris Provincial Park
The Dry Stone Walling Association of Canada, in conjunction with the Friends of Ferris Park, will be running a walling workshop at Ferris Provincial Park near Campbellford Ontario. We invite you to take part in a project where we will rebuild a section of heritage wall.
A network of walls, easily three or four miles long and at least a hundred years old, crisscrosses this area of beautiful rolling farmland and is an important feature of this property, which now is a stately 200 hectare provincial park.
Over the weekend, we are offering a hands-on beginner's dry stone walling course led by a certified walling instructor, and by special arrangement, a Members’ session for any association member who would like additional walling practice as follow up to a previous workshop.
For more information please visit our Events page.