Monday, 5 September 2011
A Rocky Day
I have had a hankering to get up to Moorside, the Mackenzie King Estate in the Gatineau Hills for some time. On the way into the property I met John Shaw-Rimington of The Dry Stone Wall Association of Canada who was doing a dry laid stone wall demonstration. Well, in fairness, his assistant Shim, was busy, while John chatted to interested visitors. In addition to shattering the stereotype of what a mason looks like, Shim also demonstrated that it is possible to build very regular walls with rounded field stone.
John has a blog about dry stone masonry entitled Thinking With My Hands".
People stop by all day long and John seems to be a constant presence, even on weekends and evenings. It is a popular destination for photographers, although you'd be better off to just buy the amazing photos John sells right there on site.
John is very friendly and chats and jokes with people between moments of fiddling and adjusting small rocks and hefting large ones to start new sculptures.