Books & DVDs
The details below give a summary of the range of books, videos and DVDs available from our office.
All prices shown include UK postage. For orders shipped to an address outside the UK you must also add the international shipping fee of £7 to the order.
Walls in the Landscape – £24.00
Celebrating the craft of dry stone walling
Produced by the DSWA
Celebrating the craft of dry stone walling, Walls in the Landscape contains over 100 stunning photographs highlighting the diverse nature of walls throughout the country and is produced by the DSWA to coincide with its 50th anniversary.
Whether you are a practising dry stone waller, a lover of walks in the countryside or an armchair explorer, this book offers a wonderful collection of dry stone walls in so many forms and includes foreword and introduction from the Association’s Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, and its President, Lord Cavendish of Furness, respectively.
The Hole in the Wall – £2.00
Delightful illustrated story in rhyme about what you might find living in a dry stone wall. Suitable for under fives and Key Stage 1 children. A6 softback (postcard size) 24 pages.
Building & Repairing Dry Stone Walls – £3.00
Published by DSWA. ISBN 0-9512306 2 X
Author R Tufnell. Softback, 16 pages, 11 line drawings.
This popular publication gives basic information on construction of dry stone walls (double-style). Written as a beginner’s guide, useful to all and an inexpensive “starter” book.
Dry Stone Walling – Techniques and Traditions – £10.00
Published by DSWA. ISBN 0 9512306 8 9
A highly readable, yet practical guide to the building techniques used in different parts of the country. Drawings and photographs illustrate the various walls types and features and show the place of walls in Britain’s history, its landscape and its future.
Dry Stone Walling – £6.50
Published by SW Scotland Branch. ISBN 0-9502623 0 7. Author: Colonel F. Rainsford-Hannay.
Softback, 109 pages, 33 black & white pictures or drawings. Reprinted 1999.
First published in 1957, written at a time when there was a definite waning of interest in the craft. It has stood the test of time and provides a valuable insight into the history and construction of dry stone walls around the country – and beyond.
Dry Stone Walling – £29.00
Published by BTCV. Softback, spiral binding with insubstantial soft cover.
Revised by Elizabeth Agate with Sean Adcock 1999. ISBN 0-95467521 9 2.
This practical handbook describes how to construct and repair dry stone walls, stone-faced earth banks, retaining walls and other dry stone features. It also includes history, conservation, safety, equipment and organisation as well as the legal aspects of dry stone walls.
It is intended to be used by conservation volunteers and others interested in learning the skills of dry stone walling.
Dry Stone Walls – The National Collection – £5.50
Published by DSWA June 2002 & reprinted in 2020. ISBN 0 9512306 6 2.
Softback; 64 pages. Over 50 colour/mono illustrations.
The story of the Millennium Wall project bringing examples of walls together on a single site, plus information on construction, history and stone. An informative, compact publication suitable for layman or waller.
In There Somewhere – £6.50
Published by DSWA 1999; ISBN-0 9512306 5 4
Softback, 104 pages, 57 illustrations
Written and illustrated by DSWA member David Griffiths.
Featuring Master Craftsman Steven Allen. This book is essential reading for everyone; with sections about competitions, building techniques, regional variations, etc all extensively illustrated. Fold out section of a set of drawings to depict competitions.
Dry Stone Walls – £7.50
Published by Shire Publications. ISBN 0747806202
Author: Lawrence Garner
Softback, 40 pages, illustrated (colour/black & white and line drawings)
Dry stone walls of Britain range from the stone hedges of south-west England to the mountain walls of North Wales, running for miles over severe country, and often climbing slopes of over 45 degrees. They happen also to be in areas that attract many tourists, and so it is not surprising that the walls that are an integral part of the landscape should provide so many questions: ‘When were they built?’, ‘Who built them?’, ‘How do they stand up without cement?’.
This book answers these and many other questions. The reasons for building dry stone walls, the story of their development, technical details of their construction, regional styles, and the state of the craft today are all covered.
Lawrence Garner is a professional writer on landscape and countryside topics. In 1980 he took up a three-year post of the first Director if the Dry Stone Walling Association , and was involved in establishing a professional register, and encouraging various types of training.
Postage: All prices shown include UK postage. International shipping is available for these items.
If you wish to have your order shipped to an address outside the UK you must also add our international shipping fee of £7.
How to Build & Repair Dry Stone Walls – £12.00
DVD duration 1 hour.
Features DSWA Master Craftsman & instructor, Dave Goulder, building a wall in Inverness. Includes stills plus filming in Cotswolds. Popular “how to” video.
Dry Stone Country – £22.00
DVD from Farming Press. 50 mins. Very watchable general programme with some “how to” featuring DSWA Master Craftsman and instructor Stephen Harrison with presenter Dylan Winter, quality production.
The Wall Walks The Fell – £14.00
DVD 30mins. Highlights the importance of walls in Cumbria, showing how they were built and their part in the landscape. Also features present day wallers describing how they became involved in the craft.
Dry Stone Walling: The Essential Guide – £14.00
DVD duration approx 1hour 30 mins
Provides a comprehensive introduction to basic dry stone walling techniques and highlights different construction styles from around the British Isles. Separate sections also describe methods of building more advanced features once basic skills have been learned and mastered. A useful training aid to complement the book, Dry Stone Walling Techniques and Traditions.