The Patient Details of Dry Stone Stacking

by Rochelle Greayer

in Art, Mobile Happenings, Modern Masters, Nuts + Bolts, Photography

Materials are really what you make of them and in an artist’s or masters hands the most simple and mundane can become truly extraordinary.  I am always in awe of people who can create like this, less so because of the idea itself and more so, for me, because it takes tremendous patience and attention to detail to create such pieces. Patience and attention to minute detail are traits I can struggle with.

These amazing shots of detail oriented dry stone work simply blow me away.

dry stone wall checkerboard pattern by bearded avenger

image by bearded_avenger

These are all taken by RoystonVasey and are of work created by Andy Goldsworthy at Tilberthwaite Touchstone Fold.  If you want to try to find them in person, here are some directions from Royston Vasey on Flickr:

It’s in the Lakes near Coniston. Head north out of town, take your first left (about 2km) up a minor road signposted (I think) to High Tilberthwaite. This is on your right after approx 2km. There is a car park on the left.

Happy hunting!

Opposite 1 by RoystonVasey. andy goldsworthy stone wall

Going Up by RoystonVasey. andy goldsworthy stone wall

on the level by andy goldsworthy stone stack

all above images by RoystonVasey

As I consider taking inspiration from these shots, I wonder which of the stone masons that I know could create such a thing and being the DIY person that I am, I consider also if I could do this.  The answer to the second question is ‘no’, the first I am still pondering.

Sometime ago, the ugly red blue and green slate  sales man came to New England and made a killing.  I get called to properties using this product often.  The slate is simply too thin to last as a patio surface but I always feel so bad tossing it away.  I am thinking that there might be a second life for it….broken into small pieces and used with regular field stone to make walls inspired by these images.   What inspiration do you take from this work?