About the workshop
Interested in learning dry stone walling / stonemasonry skills that can used in a variety of structures? Here is your chance to get hands on experience in a small group setting under the guidance of a professional stone mason for 8 days while participating in the construction of a historic-style pigeon cote on our farm. Pigeon cotes have been used around the world over millennia to provide traditional farmers a free source of valuable manure. Our design will be based on European models that will allow the birds to come and go to glean seeds from fields and return to their nests and young in a shelter of the cote where they will then drop copious amounts of organic fertilizer in return. Participants must be able to attend the entire workshop, bring gloves, steel toe boots and safety glasses. All other tools will be provided. Please note that this is a WORKSHOP, and participants will be actively involved in the building of a pigeon cote similar to the one in the image to the right.
This project has been organized by Dr. Kristine Kowalchuk and has been partially funded by a generous grant from the Kule Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Alberta.
About the Instructor
Andre Lemieux is a professional dry stone waller & stonemason based out of Creemore, Ontario. His years of experience allow him to take the complex craft of dry stone walling and simplify it into beginner-friendly ideas and principles, giving workshop participants the skills needed to start building their own lasting works with stone.
He has a formal education in traditional stonemasonry and has completed projects ranging from historic restoration and land art installations to countless metres of dry stone walls. Andre is an accredited professional and instructor with the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. You can learn more about Andre at https://adlstonework.com
A home cooked lunch made from ingredients grown on the farm or organically and locally sourced will be provided each day of the workshop. Breakfast and supper are the responsibility of the participants. The town of Ferintosh has a small Pub 5 minutes away and Camrose has all grocery stores and many restaurants and coffee shops 25 minutes away
Fee does not include accommodation, transportation, or other meals. Here are a few options past workshop participants have used.
- Ferintosh campground 5 minutes away with electricity, water, and hot showers 780-679-8922; https://www.ferintosh.info/campground.html).
- Ferintosh Manor Bed & Breakfast 5 minutes away. 780 877-2645 https://www.ferintoshmanorbedandbreakfast.com/en-us
- Various hotels, motels or Augustana U of A campus dorms 25 minutes away http://tourismcamrose.com/business-categories/accomodations/