Working in dry stone construction is both a very old trade and a new trade in Canada. Dry Stone Canada welcomes all those interested in pursuing a career in dry stone. There are many way s in which to learn the trade. Formal training can be achieved via a certification process. Outside of Canada there are processes in place to obtain certification in said construction. While many associations in a number of countries have some process of certifying the trade skills, Dry Stone Canada officially recognizes the certification schemes from the following associations:
- Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWAUK)
- The Stone Trust (uses DSWAUK scheme) of Vermont, USA
- Dry Stone Conservancy (DSC) of Kentucky, USA
As well, one can also learn the trade by apprenticing with other professionals in the industry.
Professional Status in Dry Stone Canada
Dry Stone Canada is currently reviewing its criteria for professional recognition. Our current criteria is that the person has at a minimum, Level 2 certification via DSWAUK scheme or Level 1 of the DSC scheme.
To obtain professional status at Dry Stone Canada one must be, and have completed, the following:
- actively working in dry stone
- pay the professional fee (see membership tab)
- have completed a level 2 certification or above with the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain or Level 1 certification or above of Dry Stone Conservancy (Kentucky, USA).
To learn more about the DSWA GB certification process, please click this link.
To learn more about the DSC certification process please click this link.
Dry stone walling instructors at Dry Stone Canada sanctioned courses/workshops possess a minimum of a level 2 certification with the DSWA UK or DSC and a instructors certificate with the DSWA UK.
Below is the list of Dry Stone Canada professional wallers. We’ve included each waller’s name, contact information, certification level, and preferred area they tend to work.
Dean McLellan DSWA UK (Master Craftsman, Instructor & Examiner)
Sean Donnelly DSWA UK (Level 3, Instructor)
Ken Tuach DSWA UK (Level 3)
Menno Braam DSWA UK (Level 2, Instructor)
Kenny Davies DSWA UK (Level 2, Instructor)
Jo Hodgson DSWA UK (Level 2, Instructor)
Andre Lemieux DSWA UK (Level 2, Instructor)
John Scott DSWA UK (Level 2, Instructor)
Dale Thomas DSWA UK (Level 2)
Scott Young DSWA UK (Level 2, Instructor)
Vankleek Hill, Ontario