Stone Artisan Andrew Pighills on Stone Walls and Structures of England, New England

By Guilford Free Library press release • 1/24/2019 4:00 PM EST

Master stonemason Andrew Pighills will discuss the development of stone walls in England and New England on Thursday, February 7th at 7pm at the Guilford Free Library, 67 Park Street, Guilford

Born in Yorkshire, England, Pighills is an accomplished stone builder, horticulturist, and horticulturist. He received his formal horticultural training from the Royal Horticultural Society at Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate Yorkshire and spent 31 years planting gardens and building dry stone walls in and around the spectacular Yorkshire Dales and the English Lake District.

Today, Pighills is one of an ever-growing number of US-based professional members of The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. After moving to the United States more than ten years ago, this is where he continues his venerable craft, building drywall, stone structures, and landscaping across New England and beyond. His particular technique of building masonry follows the ancient methods used by generations of drywall builders in his native Yorkshire Dales. His work has been featured in Stone Primer by Charles McCraven, The New York Times, Yankee Magazine, and various other publications. Sponsored by the Friends of the Guilford Free Library, this program is free and open to all. Interested parties are asked to register by calling 203-453-8282 or at

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