Professional Members

Members of the Central Scotland Branch of the DSWA include some of the most talented wallers in the country. They’re knowledge and skill stretch back over decades and much of what our branch does would not be possible without their support.

The members found on this page all hold at least a Level 2/Intermediate Certificate in Dry Stone Walling and carry out Dry Stone work across Central Scotland and beyond.

The DSWA also produces a register of it’s current professional members who hold certificates in Dry Stone Walling which can be found on their website.

Norman Haddow

Norman Haddow

Master Craftsman / Instructor

Norman Haddow is a one man business who takes on small projects locally and in many other places across the world. In addition, Norman has run many training courses for the DSWA and for other organisations. Norman specialises in dry stone work and is always looking for interesting jobs.

Contact

Address: 12 Cairns Court, Crieff, Perthshire, PH7 3SP Scotland
Phone: 01764 653874
Email: norman_haddow@hotmail.co.uk
Facebook: /wallsaroundtheworld

Gregor Smart

Gregor Smart

Advanced / Level 3 / Instructor

Gregor Smart joined the CSDSWA in 1992 and holds an Advanced Certificate. He regularly instructs on our beginners training courses and leads our members on many of the projects undertaken throughout the year.

Gregor undertakes boundary and retaining walls and garden features in natural stone.

Contact Info

Address: 14 Honeyberry Crescent, Rattray, Blairgowrie, PH10 7RD
Tel: 01250 871002
Email: drystonework@gmail.com

Jim Grant

Jim Grant

Intermediate/ Level 2 / Instructor

Jim Grant was a hobby waller until 12 years ago when he started to wall professionally, and will undertake all kinds of drystone walls, but not mortared walls.

Contact

Address: Leargan, Clarendon Terrace, Balbeggie, Perth, Perth & Kinross,PH2 6HF Scotland
Tel: 01821 640276
Mobile: 07740 405893
Email: jgrant@btinternet.com

Billy McCallum

Billy McCallum

Intermediate/ Level 2 / Instructor

Billy McCallum joined the CSB in 2007 as an open member after doing a beginner course and has been involved in the Committee as and when his military career has allowed.  Currently minutes Secretary, an Instructor and DSWA Intermediate Certificate holder.  Keen on teaching and mentoring the craft both in the branch and for NTS Conservation Volunteers.

Contact

Mobile: 07917 192604
Email: drystane@me.com

Stuart McDonald

Stuart McDonald

Intermediate/ Level 2 / Instructor

Address: 27 Whitefauld Road, Dundee, Tayside, DD2 1RJ
Tel: 01382 640489
Mobile: 07791 461159
E-mail: s2stuart@aol.com

A bit about qualifications

A summary of the four levels of certification is given below.  Full details of the Craftsman Certification Scheme are available here.

Master Craftsman
Those that hold the Master Craftsman Certificate have a proven ability to produce quality work to a high standard in a variety of commercial conditions including the construction of a full range of features, eg steps, stiles, sheep holes, pillars, arches, etc.

Advanced / Level 3
Those that hold the Advanced Certificate have a proven ability to build set pieces of work with an emphasis on finish and quality including construction of retaining walls, curves and work on sloping ground.

Intermediate / Level 2
Those that hold the Intermediate Certificate have demonstrated their ability to construct a sound, free-standing dry stone wall which includes a cheekend.

Initial / Level 1
Those that hold the Initial Certificate have demonstrated their ability to rebuild gaps in free-standing dry stone walls.  This certificate is usually obtained part way through training.

General Information

As in other trades, it is good practice to obtain several price estimates, look at previous work and if necessary, contact the Association for further information.

DSWA is frequently asked for the “going rate” per linear metre or square metre of walling.  It is impossible to have a single rate across the country, as output rates are variable due to stone type, terrain, dressing required, etc.  Where the highest quality walling is required, the reduced speed of work may result in a consequent increase in the per metre price.

Clients are urged to seek confirmation from wallers and dykers that they have sufficient public liability insurance for the work in hand: a minimum of £2.5m is recommended.

In cases of dispute, the Association can provide a short list of consultants who are available to inspect work.