With this year Féile na gCloch (Festival of Stone) going online, The Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland has got together with the festival to run a miniature dry stone walling competition.  

We encourage everyone, young and old to get involved. We have some great prizes to give away over the weekend. Below is some information on how to build a miniature wall in your own home and how to get involved in the festival.

Your Miniature Walls

 

To enter your wall in the miniature wall competition post you photos or videos online using the hashtags #FeilenagCloch #miniaturewalls #drystonewall or email your creations to info@dswai.ie and we will post all your creations here and on social media. Closing date for entries is Friday 25th of September 2020.     

Prizes

 

Over the weekend we will be giving away a number of prizes.

Prize category will include:

  • Best built wall

  • Most unique wall

  • Most miniature wall

  • Best mini arch

  • Best use of non stone materials

  • Best video of wall construction

  • Best Photo

  • Best scaled wall

  • Best Strength Test

Over the weekend we will be giving away a number of prizes.

Prizes will include:

  • Féile na gCloch Festival Tshirts & Hoddies

  • Stone Tools vouchers from Gough Tools

  • Dry Stone Walls of Ireland 1000 piece Jigsaw

  • DSWAI Mugs

  • 1 year free membership to DSWAI

  • Walls Without Mortar Tote Bags

  • Walls Without Mortar Stickers

  • Dry Stone Walls of Ireland Postcards

How to build miniature dry stone walls and arches 

 

Quick Tips:

  • Materials (gravel, pebbles or small stones, broken up paving stones or tiles, fruit?, LEGO) 

  • Larger stones at the ends will make it easier to build your wall between them.

  • Make a batter frame and use a line. 

  • Lay out your stones and fill in the spaces between them with little (hearting stones).

  • Bigger stone on the bottom with smaller stones on top

  • Use larger stones for the last row to cap the wall and protect the smaller stones below.

  • When taking photos, include something in the photo for scale like a coin or a phone etc. 

Making Batter Frames using Lollipop Sticks

For a strong wall, make the wall wider at the bottom.

Batter frames and string line.

Foundation stones laid and spaces in the wall filled with small (harting stones)

Moving the string for next row of stones.

Filling in the centre with more small stones.

Finished Wall

Other Examples of Mini Walls (Random Single Wall)

Random Single Wall from side

Random Single Wall from top

Other Examples of Mini Walls (Double wall with vertical cope)

Other Examples of Mini Walls (Inis Oirr, Feidin Wall)

Other Examples of Mini Walls ( Single Wedged Wall with flat cope)

Other Examples of Mini Walls (Single Wedged Wall)

Why not try a mini arch?

Here is a video by Nell (age 10) with tips on how to build a miniature drys tone arch

The Strength Test

Using a framed panel of a model Wall and a Pendulum

WHO DARES TAKE ON THE PENDULUM STRENGTH TEST CHALLENGE??

A special prize for the person who best demonstrates the pendulum strength test challenge.

 

Engineer and DSWAI Director John Lyness has devised a special test to test the strength of a dry stone wall using a scaled model and a pendulum. Are you up for the challenge? 

View the instruction in the PDF here 

 

KIDS WALLS

 

Quick Tips:

  • Don't be afraid to ask for help. This can be fun for all the family.

  • Materials (gravel, pebbles or small stones, broken up paving stones or tiles, fruit?, LEGO) 

  • Larger stones at the ends will make it easier to build your wall between them.

  • Bigger stone on the bottom with smaller stones on top.

  • Give your wall type a name. 

  • Don't have stones? use your imagination. I bet cut fruit pieces or sweets or even LEGO would be great. 

  • Dont forget to take photos of your wall and get an adult to send them to us.

  • Put something in the photos too show how small the wall is (a coin, a toy or even your hand)

  • Most importantly! HAVE FUN!

 Kids Prize Categories:

We will be giving away lots of prizes over the weekend for thing like:

  • Best miniature wall

  • Best non stone wall (building a mini wall using a different material)

  • Best wall name

  • Best photo

  • Best video

  • Youngest contestant

  • and more.... 

To enter your wall in the miniature wall competition post you photos or videos online using the hashtags #FeilenagCloch #miniaturewalls #drystonewall or email your creations to info@dswai.ie and we will post all your creations here and on social media.   

Be sure to get an adult to help with entering the competition and to include your name, age and country.

Closing date for entries is Friday 25th of September 2020.   

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