Student stone carvers build a legacy – Perth 200th Anniversary

Student stone carvers build a legacy
custom-Custom_Size___dry stone wall july 2016 perthStudents and instructors from Algonquin College’s Heritage Masonry Program in Perth helped celebrate the town’s 200th anniversary this summer and built a legacy that should stand 200 years into the future and beyond.

The student stone carvers participated in the Dry Stone Walling Workshop at the end of July that saw experts from Canada, Scotland, England, Ireland and the United States lead the building of a unique structural dry stone bridge and strong stone retaining walls, revitalizing the Mill Street “old swimming hole” wading pond. The instruction focused on the walling styles of England, Scotland and Ireland.

Using only traditional tools, the students trued and squared stones as heavy as 160 kilograms, and cut the wedge-shaped stones needed to construct the bridge’s arch. They then apprenticed acted as apprentices under the experienced wallers as the bridge was built. The bridge is made from blue Indiana limestone blocks from the Les Carrières Ducharme (Quarries) shop in Havelock, Que.

The workshop was held in conjunction with the Canadian Stone Carving Festival 2016, which was held in Perth as part of the bicentennial celebrations and which saw a number of Algonquin College graduates participate and featured professional dry stone wallers from the countries that helped to settle Perth in 1816.

Over the three-day event, 28 carvers fashioned their unique creations from blocks of limestone, which were auctioned off to raise funds to help the Perth chapter of Habitat GO (formerly known as Habitat National Capital Region) build a home in the town.

The event was part of the Perth 200 “Blast from the Past Homecoming Weekend” celebrations.

Watch a video of the timelapse video of the project here.

And here, you can watch a video from the Canadian Stone Carving Festival, which includes a clip of Perth Campus Dean Chris Hahn speaking about the Perth Campus and the Habitat for Humanity link to the festival.


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