This map shows the location of DSWA professional members, who hold certificates in dry stone walling, based in and around Dorset. Click-select the map markers for further information and contact details. The level of certification held is included.
MASTER CRAFTSMAN: 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): 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): have demonstrated their ability to construct a sound, free-standing dry stone wall which includes a cheekend.
INITIAL (Level 1): have demonstrated their ability to rebuild gaps in free-standing dry stone walls. This certificate is usually obtained part way through training.
A nation-wide register of contract wallers is maintained by the DSWA.
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 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.