As the old Four Aces song says, ‘Love Is a Many Splendored Thing.’ The Ancient Greeks identified 6 separate forms of LOVE; romantic love, familial love, platonic love, self love, guest love and divine love, for those of us with a certain passion we know that there is one missing from their list , STONE LOVE! Radiating this out to the wider world is a brotherhood formed through stone, Zach Johnson and John Engelland. Universes mysteriously aligned and these two serendipitously found one another in the same place, at the same time with the same philosophy and outlook. Combining their forces they produce work together under the apt title of Rising Star. Their approach is unique they bring to the craft a spirituality and humanity that speaks to the best of what is inside us all, if we would only the take time to listen and appreciate. Spreading STONE LOVE and positivity is a key component of their message, they express that daily through their intimate relationship with the earth and their own processes, sharing their thoughts with the wider world through thoughtful posts on social media about the glory and beauty to be found in simple things. One time Chairman of the Stone Foundation, Zach now concentrates on the day job. With a love for 60’s & 70’s funk he Dj’s a spot on a Boulder based radio station the DustyGrooves show. John spoke bravely and honestly about his relationship with stone, at the Stone Foundation’s Cottonwood Falls, Kansas Symposium in 2017. It was a talk that changed my whole attitude to the material and opened my eyes to why it is such an important material to us all. In this episode they dive deeper into their thinking and approach to their work, it’s substantive, it’s challenging…its significant.
20th January 2021 – I had the pleasure to chat to one of the big personalities in the dry Stone Walling World, John Shaw-Rimmington.John as we Scots would say is a well kent face of the stone tribe, a man who does his – ‘Thinking with his hands.’ President of Dry Stone Walling Across Canada he is a real advocate for the craft. His journey into a life of dry stone walling, and building ‘Walls without Mortar’ helps illustrate to the uninitiated the draw and appeal of this most fundamental material and technique. From troubled teen to a magical ability to play about with the craft, his story teaches us something important about searching for your space within that Grand mystery that is elusive to us all.
Finding yourself is often a meandering path, some miss their destination others only realise in hindsight the significant markers along their way that pushed them forward to their true calling. Nothing is random, John heard the silent whispered messages of the rock and stones, drawing him deeper under their influence, a positive relationship that has led him from solid skill with the material to the freedom to explore its artistic possibilities. Full of stone passion he has always been willing and keen to share that with others through workshops, talks and writing. His blog …https://thinking-stoneman.blogspot.com/ is a deeper dive into his work and motivations but there’s nothing like hearing the story from the man himself, enjoy.John can be followed on Instagram at @Drystonewaller
Pieter Schaafsma: The man beneath the stetson. Founder of the popular Facebook Group Custom Creative Stonework, Pieter is a true stone enthusiast. A multi talented designer and artist he is an advocate for the use of natural stone. With a passion for creating ephemeral stone balances he also enjoys building dry stone walling projects around his properties in Arizona and his Ranch in Southern Utah. He also has a cute wife!
Follow his fine art page on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/backWestart