This book is the authoritative guide to one of Britainís greatest traditional crafts.
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Professor David Bellamy commented: "Well managed dry stone walls are as important as hedgerows to the character and the wildlife of our countryside. A countryside that Winston Churchill said was worth dying for: it still is to this day."
DSWA has collected together the wisdom of wallers and dykers throughout the country to produce this long-awaited book. Under the authorship of the groupís chairman Paul Webley it offers a highly readable yet practical guide to the techniques used in different parts of the country and gives background detail which explains the simple principles involved and shows why walls have developed in their own characteristic ways.
Plentiful drawings and photographs illustrate the various wall types and features and show the place of walls in Britainís history, its landscape and its future.
People who wish to build their own walls, to employ a professional, or simply to increase their knowledge of this timeless aspect of our countryside will find this book a great source of guidance and inspiration.
The Dry Stone Walling Association is the only body in Britain dedicated solely to the support and development of this fascinating craft. Its production of the new guide has been supported by a grant from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under the Rural Enterprise Scheme; the 112-page book resulting from this co-operation is a unique and approachable source of reference.
DRY STONE WALLING TECHNIQUES AND TRADITIONS is available from DSWA, Westmorland County Showground, Crooklands, Milnthorpe LA7 7NH.
Website: Dry Stone Walling Association for further information.