Scotland and Aberdeenshire in particular, boasts some of the most beautiful walls and stone buildings. Dykes themselves in the area vary so much in style, from a humble crofters dyke, to the extravagant styles of some wealthy landowners, most of which still exist hundreds of years on.
Interested in developing his skills in dry stone dyking, Iain first ventured into the craft in 1992 when he started working with a time served Galloway dyker who had relocated to Deeside. Years on, he is now highly skilled in this field and practices techniques traditional to the local area.
Working with all types of stone, on projects ranging from small repairs to complete rebuilds incorporating architectural features, Iain believes that a good dyke takes more than just skill to create. It is an eye for detail that makes the difference. Being sympathetic to the environment and being able to consider the terrain and type of stone both prior and during the build, are, he believes, critical factors to ensuring that a dyke blends with its natural environment and landscape. To ensure this quality of work, Iain works very closely with each client and primarily carries out all projects himself.
Dry stone has a history in architecture dating back to the Neolithic structures found on Orkney. It's durability in extreme weather has been well proven over time and its high sustainability is unmatched by many other methods of construction. Understanding the value of dry stone, Iain has more recently honed his skills to include more modern uses of the craft on new builds and house extensions. This involves back bedding the dry stone in a mortar against a block work wall on the side of a house or a chimney . The stone is deliberately left unpointed to give the effect of a dry stone exterior, thus creating a modern build which sits better with it's natural environment.