Thursday, September 27, 2012

StoneWURX YOUTUBE 9/28-30th Festival

This video was shot with the new GOPRO 2 HD in Hanover Ontario Canada. Wallers from Canada, Great Britain and the USA have come together to help build this amazing structure. A one of a kind. Come take a road trip and see it for yourself.

StoneWURX Festival Sept 2012

StoneWURX Festival Sept 28th 29th 30th 2012
Hosted by Ground Effects Landscapes Hanover Ontario Canada

Andrew Loudon And Dean McLellan (Host or the Stone WURX event)  Front of Stable Building.

Inside, left to right Bill Noble (Master) Stephen Harrison (Master) Philip Dolphin (Master) outside wall.

My first night (Tuesday) on the site, and they made all of us steak dinner, salad and fresh apple, pancake and one other pie I never saw (it went so fast)

Then Bill and his family sang some songs

Lydia Noble You Tube

Bill and Curthbert You Tube

Front of building

Wednesday Next day lunch fit for a king!

Yummy - of course my plate. Those who know me know I love food. Yes I went back for seconds. Lasagna, salad and buns.

Philip Dolphin working on back section of wall. Philip has been working this section on both sides. Amazing speed. 

Tracey Blackwell (Advanced soon to be Master) working on left both inside and out. Andrew Loudon (Master) working on Right side. Brian Fairfield's hiding behind Loudon's section on the inside.

The gang in front of a dry laid stone cottage Dean (our host / in charge of the build)
 More to come. Thank you to my wife who has taking on my chores at our farm to allow me to attend this once in a life time opportunity with some of the best of Dry Laid Stone Masons of our time. I couldn't further my eduction with out such a supportive partner.

Please take a moment to see the farm blog she writes. Many thanks to her for incuraging me to start this blog and coming up with the name.

Meadow Creek Farm Blog

Copyright 2012 Mark Jurus, Rockin Walls. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tool - Wagon, 1200 pound rated

The current job I'm now on had some logistical challenges. The biggest issue were to storage material on the job site (stone has to be hauled in one dump truck load at time) the second the moving of the material for this 70' long wall. I had never owned a wagon like this but I figured the foot print it would leave on the landscape would be one of the smallest. I own a wheel barrow but I've never used it for walling. 

You can find these just about any were. I picked up mine from my local Tractor Supply Store for about $110. With an investment like this I had nothing to lose if it can help save my back and a little more time. What I like about this wagon over a wheel barrow. I can see all my stones very well and work right off the platform. I can even put down one or all the walls making it even easier to grab stones. This wagon has a great turning radius and will not fall over if you make to tight of a turn since it has a wide wheel base. 

This wagon had a rating of 1200 pounds. The first thing I did was to cut some plywood to protect the bed made out of steel mesh. Ya that would not have lasted to long with some rip rap stones. Now I can just throw them in. Well kind of......

So far I've moved over 12,000 pounds of stone - I'd say this was well worth the investment. Really not to bad to pull around either.