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Books and Source material

Below is a list of some books and sources of dry stone building information that we the members of DSWAI like and are happy to recommend to stone walling enthusiasts and lovers of all things STONE.

BOOKS (Please support the DSWAI by buying your books through the links below)

(Click on a book for more information & link to buy online.)


Stonechat magazine 


Stone chat is the members periodical for the Welsh branches of the DSWA UK. Many of the bac editions are available for FREE download from the link above. A wonderful resource available at the click of a button



DSWA free publications


This link brings you to the DSWA Wales publications page where many of the Dry Stone Walling Association free booklets and publications have been made available for free download. There are also certification information and membership forms here. Many of the booklets are also available from the branches or by post from the DSWA website.


TCV's conservation handbooks online.

A series of handbooks, converted to digital format, covering everything from tree planting to dry stone walling, sand dunes to footpaths.

TCV's Conservation Handbooks are the definitive guides to practical conservation work. They have long been the definitive ‘how to’ guides to managing the countryside and green spaces. Originally over 1,000 pages of fantastic background, advice and instruction, written by experts, illustrated and clearly laid out in a step-by-step format. TCV handbooks (including Dry Stone Walling) are now available online. They are available via subscription for £12.50* but you get access to all ten for the price of one printed handbook, some of which are now out of print. Subscriptions via their website 

*DSWAI members can avail of a 20% discount on listed prices by using their membership discount code.

Dry Stone Resource website


A great website/blog where many of the wonderful publications of Sean Adcock (Hon Sec DSWA North Wales) plus many many more are available to read online for free.  This includes excerpts from the professional DSWA members publication 'Waller and Dyker' and publications by NCPTT and authors such as Brian Post and Richard Tufnell.



Stone Ideas (online multilingual magazine) is an independent magazine for architecture and design with natural stone published in the internet in five languages. 

It includes many interesting articles on stone and its uses in contemporary construction and design as well as occassional articles on dry stone applications. The ezine also offers a free forthnightly newsletter (


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