I work solo as a waller from my base in Cardiff, Wales. Below is a selection of my work.
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May 2023 – above Cwmbran with beautiful views across the Severn Estuary restoring this 150 year old fieldstone dry stone wall on a steep hill – forty metres to go – A wonderful project.
February-March 2023 qualified as a professional Dry Stone Walling instructor with the DSWA in Cumbria and practicing with the DSWA Wales Branch in Ogmore, Glamorgan.
March 2023 – the wettest month – Between Usk and Chepstow come snow, rain fog and sun! Back late summer to add the coping stones and a full finish to a 35m wall
February 2023 – Taken down by a 3 ton truck in Machen, South Wales & repaired. “Looks terrific” and from a neighbour “Looks better than it did before.” Puts a smile on your face!
February 2023 – Cefn Coed, Merthyr Tydfil – a dental practice car park wall repaired with assistance from my willing helper, Joe. Its really great to be repairing/restoring these lovely period walls, over a hundred years old, rather than seeing them taken down and replaced with breeze block or worse. The response from the practice: “The work is great, thank you for completing”
Kitchen Garden design – Private client – helped by Joe. Pentyrch, Vale of Glamorgan. “The walling looks fantastic a transformation – a joy to behold!”
A rough and potentially dangerous wall taken down and rebuilt. Great to do dry stone walling in the heart of Pontcanna Cardiff – Summer 2022
Dry stone wall complete rebuild in Cwmcarn below Forest Drive June 2022
East Lane – Margam Deer Park – Repairing more storm damage – the beech tree fell and flattened the wall just missing a pedestrian – the Park Rangers arrived and when being cleared the beech tree righted itself – extraordinary.
Complete rebuild with lime mortar – Victoria Park, Cardiff
Lime mortar restoration St Margaret’s churchyard, Coity, Bridgend – storm damage Spring 2022
- Cowbridge – restoration and coping on a fallen garden wall
‘Thank you for the work. It’s fab and I’m sure we will be in touch for any further repairs needed’ – Parish Church Warden
Llandow October 2021- Completed exterior walls, curves and letterbox. Pillars by Anthony – Abbey Masonry – Master Craftsman – Crosshands, Llanelli – A transformation from earlier !
Work in progress August 2021 Llandow, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales [20 tons of limestone from Stalbridge Stone quarry – a local geological seam but the other side of the Severn Estuary]
This happy customer emailed me images a year on – beautifully integrated into their design.
3 Llandaff jobs almost next door and on the street ‘Thanks… Looks just as we hoped’ ‘The wall looks great’ David – Karen – Jeanette private clients Llandaff.
‘Looking lovely – fair play’ Margam Country Park staff.
Hi Richard thanks for a great job, we are very pleased , I will try and leave a review on yell for you Kind Regards Private client – Kevin & Jane
Take down thirty year old low wall and replace with a substantially higher wall in the Llandaff style using new stone sourced from R P Williams
Volunteering – Dyrham Park National Trust, dry stone wall around the deer park. An extensive repair completed by my Monday team includes a small return to protect the root system of this beautiful ancient oak. Capping stones required to finish!
A dry stone repair for a friend – 100 year old garden wall in Cardiff using original stone ‘Amazing, thanks’ John, Pontcanna
Llanisien a traditional garden stone wall – a pre Xmas project before the guests arrived!
‘We were absolutely delighted with the work carried out by Richard. He worked methodically and thoroughly and our garden was transformed. The dry stone wall looks so much better than wood fencing or concrete walls!’ (Private clients Elisabeth and Roger – 2019)
Cwmogwr Forest phase II north – first 10m including a ‘smoot’. ‘Excellent work – very happy’ – owner John Williams
Rebuilding on roadside of Sandy Lane for the National Trust, Dyrham Park
Restoring forest walls in the Ogmore Valley – copes to follow
Working with Ken Young high above Newbridge – thank you Ken!
Working above Aberfan with the South Wales Dry Stone Walling association
My first cheekend in tight space in Derbyshire – with brilliant, generous John Broadhead – Ox Stonecraft, thanks for your time and raising my game – a rapid acceleration in skills
Overhanding skills with Ken Young – there’s a deep lane behind the wall.
National Trust Volunteer Rangers – Dry Stone Waller in Dyrham Park – (the only place I have seen stone sorted quite like this) working with John, Dave and Alan.
Another cheekend in Burford working with Kath Wright – star!
Working with Winchcombe school students for Cotswald Conservation Board. Novice students stripped out to foundation and rebuilt the wall with my support. Brilliant work guys!
Always beautiful locations – gapping with a view to the Skirrid and to the Bristol ChannelWorking with Ken Young – Ken’s better side – a project below Twmbarlwm – Newport
Working solo in Ogmore Valley – December 2018 – 20 metres down – 80 metres to goDSWA Level 2 intermediate qualification day – Strip down and rebuild a cheek-end + 2.5 metres of wall in 7.5 hours of driving rain on the Brecon Beacons – 5 tons of stone shifted and one knackered happy individual.
Well done. Great piccies. A house comes next? J
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Looks like some real good work there Richard
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lovely to see pics of your other work in some fab places, Richard. As the householder where you “Rebuilt garden wall in Pontcanna, Cardiff, using conservation standard black lime mortar”, I just wanted to comment on what a great job you did! Much appreciated!
Beautiful craft fantastic pictures
Hi Rob – Thanks for arranging for me to look at the job – I don’t seem to have your correct email = please sent to email@example.com
Best Richard S
Great work. I will recommend our neighbours contact you. Their old radyr stone wall collapsed in the storm last week – early victorian garden wall in Pontcanna
PS My other half has just finished building a garden pond. We have several bags of bits of slate – off cuts, not chippings. Could you use them at all?
Thanks for the recommendation Iona. And thanks for the slate offer – sadly I will decline as I currently lack storage space. Hope the pond turned out well. I’m a big fan for having them in a garden.
Great work on our boundary wall in Radyr in Jan/Feb 2021. Excellent work in some pretty apalling weather. It looks beautiful. We will look at it every day from our kitchen.
You’re a wonder x
I have a stone garden wall that has partially collapsed. It needs fixing or making safe.
Could I get a quote
Have some dry walls which need to be fixed in Aberfan – could I get a quote please?
Hi Rebecca – please email pics and your address and email and phone and I will try to get out to you to take a look. Best regards Richard S Staniforthdrystonewaller.com
Good afternoon, Richard
I would like my front of house boundary wall repaired. There is a selection close to the house that is missing approx 4’x 6’. The stone appears to be a pebble rag type and sourcing the stone is proving difficult. The house is in Rhiwbina, Cardiff.
I can send photos for you to view.
Many thanks if you could help.