Drystone Wall Conservancy with Joshua Bowes (2-day)

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Drystone Wall Conservancy with Joshua Bowes (2-day)

415.00

2-day Workshop

Time: 10am - 4pm

Date: 14-15 October 2017 (Saturday and Sunday)

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Renowned local stonemason, artist, sculptor and designer, Josh Bowes is deeply passionate about drystone walls and their rich heritage in the Central Victorian Highlands. When not crafting commissioned drystone walls and stone sculpture, Josh can often be found fossicking amongst the 1800’s drystone farm walls constructed by settlers of the gold rush era. Josh is generous in his passion and keen to restore the dilapidated historic drystone walls of this region back to their former glory for all to experience and enjoy.

After a successful year of teaching artisan skills in Drystone Walling at Oak and Monkey Puzzle, the Spargo Creek property of Natasha Morgan, Landscape Architect and supporter of local artisans, Josh and Natasha invite you to be part of this important community initiative.

Set in a visually prominent location in Elevated Plains, just outside Daylesford and Hepburn, you will spend two days learning the art of Drystone Walling, through onsite historic examples, demonstrations by Josh and the hands on rebuilding of historic drystone walls. 

Josh and Natasha hope that not only will you learn the art of Drystone Walling but will contribute to the rebuilding and mending of historic drystone walls and their enduring legacy throughout the region. This 2 day workshop is suited to anyone wanting to learn the art of drystone walling and assumes not prior experience. 

Workshop includes:

  • An introduction to drystone walling concepts
  • Brief history and international context
  • Onsite examples, demonstration and hands-on rebuilding of historic drystone walls
  • Notes on drystone walling
  • Masons mash hammer
  • Morning tea and paddock lunch each day

'Drystone Wall Conservancy' workshops include freshly baked morning tea and paddock lunch picked fresh from the Oak and Monkey Puzzle estate kitchen garden and local seasonal produce, made by Natasha Morgan. 

About Josh Bowes:

Josh Bowes @drystonejackson is an artist, stonemason and drystone waller of some 15 years experience. Josh is of English farming peerage, where drystone walling was simply a skill farmers ‘had’. As a result, Josh feels that stone is in his blood, and to this end he is passionately fixated on his craft.

 “People say it's like a jigsaw puzzle, but it's a puzzle where the pieces weren't designed to fit - it's about making sense of the chaos and the abstract. Following a hierarchy of process, I work to create a vibration, a resonance and chemistry between the pieces”. ~ JB.

From October 2017 Josh Bowes will be leading workshops in the art of Drystone Walling, their rebuilding and mending. Held in visually prominent locations around the Central Victorian Highlands, Josh will impart his knowledge, passion and love of these historic walls the dotted throughout the countryside.

About Natasha Morgan:

Natasha Morgan is a landscape architect and urban designer by profession, and a multidisciplinary creative collaborator by natural inclination.Natasha trained as both architect and landscape architect, and now shares her craft with the next generation as sessional lecturer in Masters of Landscape Architecture at RMIT and Melbourne Universities.For a decade Natasha worked as a Senior Landscape Architect on some of Australia’s significant landscape architecture and urban design projects- most notably several years spent managing the design and construction of The Australian Garden Stage 2, Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne.Having moved to the tiny hamlet of Spargo Creek in 2014 and establishing her property Oak and Monkey Puzzle as an evolving hub for landscape architecture, artisanship, craftspeople and creatives by way of workshops and collaboration, Natasha hopes to contribute to the rich and vibrant community by supporting the region's artisan skills and heritage.