The 2008 Northumberland Dry Stone Wall Festival
Held near Port Hope , north of Cobourg Ontario
"One of the best kept secrets in Canada"
Photographer Jonathan Howcroft has now posted on flickr
many of the great shots which he took
during this spectacular three-day dry stone walling event
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Any images and/or prints are available by contacting him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many people discovered the art of building stone structures without the use of mortar last CANADIAN Thanksgiving Weekend, October 11-13 as we celebrated our fifth
As usual admission was free
The location this year was- 'Stonebridge', 10 acres of gardens, rolling hills and walls on 2973 Cornish Hollow Rd, R.R. #6 Cobourg, Ontario Canada
Beehive Hut Project - A dry stone hut with vaulted roof was completed during the festival.
Dry Stone Demonstration - Teams of wallers will built dry stone ‘trees’ on the festival site.
Student Workshop — on Saturday Oct 11-12; was taught by master craftsman Norman Haddow from Scotland. —(The festival had several events going on all the time during the three days. All were free, except this workshop, which is was fully booked several weeks before the event. Visitors could still watch the workshop during the festival.
Live music- Ancient Music Trio.
The Robin Aggus Boarder Pipe Band and friends
RKilt kilt makers was there with a trade booth, making custom sporrins.
Sponsors - Derusha Tools
Parnell Stone and Don Smith Trucking.
Dry stone self-guided walking/driving tour of the Walls of Northumberland County.
Evening Lectures and Films -
- at the Capital Theatre were at 700 pm on Saturday night (followed by Pub Night at the Beamish Inn) Guest Presenters were- geologist and author Robert Thorson, professor at the University of Connecticut and Norman Haddow master craftsman and royal waller to the queen..
Special Guest Waller -
- was Norman Haddow from Scotland
Many thanks again to all the wallers and presenters who participated in this year's festival! (see list below)!
Andrew Brown-Jackson, Ashbourne,Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Andre Lemieux Ottawa, Ontario
Brandon Spearing, Bethany, Ontario
Carroll Guen Heart Toronto, Ontario
Chris Overing, Montreal, Quebec
Christopher Barclay, Victoria, British Columbia
Dan Rombough, Toronto, Ontario
Dean McLellan, Holstein, Ontario
Donna Grylls, Whitby, Ontario
Evan Oxland, Port Hope, Ontario
Dave Cudworth, Nottawa, Ontario
Eric Landman, Grand Valley,Ontario
Hillary Martin, Toronto, Ontario
Holly Mackie, Grafton, Ontario
Jayson from Montreal,Quebec
Joe Mitchell, Port Hope, Ontario
Joel Dick, Ottawa, Ontario
John Scott, Perth, Ontario
Jonathan Howcroft, Toronto, Ontario
Jeff (Jon's helper) Toronto, Ontario
Laurie Mitchell, Port Hope, Ontario
Leslie Ferguson, Curtis, Ontario
Norman Haddow, Crieff, Scotland, United Kingdom
Marguerite Long, Garden Hill, Ontario
Menno Braam, Toronto, Ontario
Morris Pratt, Blackstock, Ontario
Reid Snow, Oakville, Ontario
Scott George, Rochester, New York
Scott Young, Montreal, Quebec
Steven Nevin, Oakville, Ontario
Robert Thorson, Conn. USA
Craig from Derusha
Robert of Rkilts
.....and many many others who cooked the lunches
and helped serve food,
who ran children's activities
billeted many of the wallers
hosted social events over the weekend
and helped put up and take down the tents.
More recent internet posted artcles about Canadian Dry Stone Walling,
There are a number of pics on flickr, by Jonathan Howcroft
of everything that happened
at the Northumberland Dry Stone Wall Festival
in Canada Oct 11-13 2008
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