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Video: The Art of Dry Stone Walling

Dry Stone Walling

Project Organisers: The Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland

Online video demonstration of the craft of drystone walling. Viewers can watch experienced practitioners from around the country showcase their skills and tradition of building using only stone without any mortar. The practice involves stones taken as found and placed together in a way that they are capable of forming strong stable and durable walls. Dry stone structures include walls, bridges, arches, tombs, beehive huts, oratories and fortifications. The craft is an innate skill passed through generations. Practitioner’s range from farmers, masons and sculptors. It is a vernacular craft.

For further information please visit https://www.dswai.ie/

This project is one of a series supported by the Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht to showcase elements of Ireland’s Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) as part of Heritage Week 2020.

This practice is inscribed on Ireland’s National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage; https://nationalinventoryich.chg.gov.ie/dry-stone-construction/