Dry stone structures are living reminders of our past, each one telling a story about the person who constructed it, when it was constructed, and the landscape, stone and tools available at the time. Constructed well, dry stone structures will stand the test of time however they are susceptible to subsidence, plant invasion, and human intervention so at times require restoration.
Our restoration projects are guided by the principles of the Burra Charter which provides a framework for the conservation and management of places of cultural significance. Generally, we advocate for a cautious approach to change, to do as much as necessary to care for the place and to make it useable, but otherwise change it as little as possible so that its cultural significance is retained.
Ensuring restorations accurately reflect the original work is often like completing an oversized jigsaw puzzle. Drawing information from the site itself, historical research, and interviews with locals we are normally able to create a clear picture of the original purpose, design, and materials used, which allows for a much more accurate restoration.
There are also times when clients seek new work to be undertaken in conjunction with restoration. This journey is done hand in hand with the client, ensuring any new work is sympathetic to the original structure and the surrounds.