Enthusiastic, unpretentious, humble, humorous, frank, spirited…these are the words that describe Sally Hodgson’s manner. Sally gave a talk to the Stone Trust in Dummerston, Vermont on Saturday, May 20th. Sally holds the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) Master Craftsman Certificate. She is one of only 3 women ever to have attained Master Craftswomen (Level 4) Certification and she is the only Master Craftswomen still active in walling and the only woman ever to be come a Dry Stone Walling Examiner.
Sally was trained as a textile designer and she alluded to the fact that stone walling and working on a loom have a lot in common. One of these commonalities is the fact that when creating a tapestry you don’t see the final design until you are finished, which parallels the building of a stone structure.
Sally took us a tour of stone buildings around the world. Her interest is in seeing the diversity of these structures.The only country in the entire world that does not have stone walls…The Netherlands.
Sally showed so many amazing examples of stone structures. And just as impressive as these structures was Sally’s devotion to passing on the craft of stone walling. She lives in Derbyshire. Sally teaches at the Eco Centre which is the county hub for sustainability learning. The classes in stone walling, include instruction for special needs individuals, as well as those looking for a new career.
Sally ended her talk with this comment: “The beauty of stone walling is that keeps you on your toes.”