Author Archives: JesseJames

About JesseJames

JesseJames are artists based in Dublin

The Stone and Wind masons of Jeju Island, Korea

Dolbitna Art School was started in 2015 with 5 people who love stone walls in Jeju Island. The purpose of its establishment is to promote the beauty and value of stone walls in Jeju Island, and to preserve the stone walls for a long time by passing on the technology of building stone walls. There are about 300 students who have completed the Dolbitna Art School, and they are working with them to preserve the stone walls. Jeju Island was created by a volcanic eruption and is an UNESCO world heritage site. Features stone mason Hwan Jin Jo.

Féile na gCloch, the festival of stones, unfurls virtually in 2020 on the 18th and 19th September. On both days at 1pm you can follow the event on Facebook. Or engage with the event whenever suits you via the Galway Heritage website.

Féile na gCloch, festival of stones, is an annual event on Inis Oírr that takes place every September. It brings together practitioners in stone walling, stone carving and letter carving from around the world to celebrate the heritage of the stones of the Aran Islands. In 2017, a new workshop was introduced, to reflect on the role that drawing and sketching plays in each of these traditions.

The Old Well Wall with Uncle Tom

Young brothers Tiernan and Niels learn the principles of dry stone walling, and the importance of preparing a site, while working with their uncle Tom. Tom Pollard is a dry stone waller and conservation stonemason, twenty years in the business and based in Tipperary. He is a wall instructor at Féile na gCloch.

Féile na gCloch, the festival of stones, unfurls virtually in 2020 on the 18th and 19th September. On both days at 1pm you can follow the event on Facebook. Or engage with the event whenever suits you via the Galway Heritage website.

Féile na gCloch, festival of stones, is an annual event on Inis Oírr that takes place every September. It brings together practitioners in stone walling, stone carving and letter carving from around the world to celebrate the heritage of the stones of the Aran Islands. In 2017, a new workshop was introduced, to reflect on the role that drawing and sketching plays in each of these traditions.

Mourne Granite through the Generations

A good stone mason knows exactly where to split a stone simply by looking at its grain or “rede”. The Mourne area’s thriving granite industry dates back to the 1800s, so it’s little wonder that the skills of our fore fathers have been passed down through the generations. The area is peppered with many spectacular granite structures, none more famous than the Mourne Wall. Features Thomas Rooney stonemasons, winners of the Heritage Angel Awards 2019.

Féile na gCloch, the festival of stones, unfurls virtually in 2020 on the 18th and 19th September. On both days at 1pm you can follow the event on Facebook. Or engage with the event whenever suits you via the Galway Heritage website.

Féile na gCloch, festival of stones, is an annual event on Inis Oírr that takes place every September. It brings together practitioners in stone walling, stone carving and letter carving from around the world to celebrate the heritage of the stones of the Aran Islands. In 2017, a new workshop was introduced, to reflect on the role that drawing and sketching plays in each of these traditions.

Mulranny Stone Wall Festival

The Mulranny Stone Wall Festival celebrates Irelands and Mulranny’s stone wall heritage. The festival includes a two day workshop in the Art of Dry Stone Wall building, a Hot Lime demonstration and more. It is a wonderful mix of learning, outdoors, good food, socializing, accomplishment and craic. Introduced by Carol Loftus of the Mulranny Environmental Group, from the Great Western Greenway which was the old Achill to Westport Railway line.

Féile na gCloch, the festival of stones, unfurls virtually in 2020 on the 18th and 19th September. On both days at 1pm you can follow the event on Facebook. Or engage with the event whenever suits you via the Galway Heritage website.

Féile na gCloch, festival of stones, is an annual event on Inis Oírr that takes place every September. It brings together practitioners in stone walling, stone carving and letter carving from around the world to celebrate the heritage of the stones of the Aran Islands. In 2017, a new workshop was introduced, to reflect on the role that drawing and sketching plays in each of these traditions.

Alexandra Morosco

Alexandra Morosco talks about her craft for Féile na gCloch Virtual 2020.

Féile na gCloch, the festival of stones, unfurls virtually in 2020 on the 18th and 19th September. On both days at 1pm you can follow the event on Facebook. Or engage with the event whenever suits you via the Galway Heritage website.

Féile na gCloch, festival of stones, is an annual event on Inis Oírr that takes place every September. It brings together practitioners in stone walling, stone carving and letter carving from around the world to celebrate the heritage of the stones of the Aran Islands. In 2017, a new workshop was introduced, to reflect on the role that drawing and sketching plays in each of these traditions.

Nick Aitken Drystone Walling

Nick Aitken talks about Drystone Walling for Féile na gCloch Virtual 2020.

Féile na gCloch, the festival of stones, unfurls virtually in 2020 on the 18th and 19th September. On both days at 1pm you can follow the event on Facebook. Or engage with the event whenever suits you via the Galway Heritage website.

Féile na gCloch, festival of stones, is an annual event on Inis Oírr that takes place every September. It brings together practitioners in stone walling, stone carving and letter carving from around the world to celebrate the heritage of the stones of the Aran Islands. In 2017, a new workshop was introduced, to reflect on the role that drawing and sketching plays in each of these traditions.

Interview with Tracy Mahaffey

Tracy Mahaffey has been a professional stone carver for 20 years, mostly working in the field of memorial arts. She also teaches stone carving both in North America and Europe. In this interview she sat down to tell us a bit about herself and her art.

Féile na gCloch, the festival of stones, unfurls virtually in 2020 on the 18th and 19th September. On both days at 1pm you can follow the event on Facebook. Or engage with the event whenever suits you via the Galway Heritage website.

Féile na gCloch, festival of stones, is an annual event on Inis Oírr that takes place every September. It brings together practitioners in stone walling, stone carving and letter carving from around the world to celebrate the heritage of the stones of the Aran Islands. In 2017, a new workshop was introduced, to reflect on the role that drawing and sketching plays in each of these traditions.

Tracy Mahaffey’s Stone Carving Shop

Here you get an invite into the workshop and space where Tracy Mahaffey creates her stone work. She gives us a tour of her shop which includes some commissions in progress, the tools and techniques that aid her, and of course, the cats that keep her in line!

Féile na gCloch, the festival of stones, unfurls virtually in 2020 on the 18th and 19th September. On both days at 1pm you can follow the event on Facebook. Or engage with the event whenever suits you via the Galway Heritage website.

Féile na gCloch, festival of stones, is an annual event on Inis Oírr that takes place every September. It brings together practitioners in stone walling, stone carving and letter carving from around the world to celebrate the heritage of the stones of the Aran Islands. In 2017, a new workshop was introduced, to reflect on the role that drawing and sketching plays in each of these traditions.

Féile na gCloch with You

Féile na gCloch, the festival of stones, unfurls virtually in 2020 on the 18th and 19th September. Engage with the event whenever suits you via the Galway Heritage website.

Féile na gCloch, festival of stones, is an annual event on Inis Oírr that takes place every September. It brings together practitioners in stone walling, stone carving and letter carving from around the world to celebrate the heritage of the stones of the Aran Islands. In 2017, a new workshop was introduced, to reflect on the role that drawing and sketching plays in each of these traditions.

Karin Sprague Stone Carvers

In the rural landscape of North Scituate, Rhode Island, you’ll come across the bucolic stone carving shop of Karin Sprague. Karin has invited us in for a tour of her creative space, where we’ll get to meet the carvers that she collaborates with, Javier Alfonso and Rob Gil, to create lovely hand carved memorials and gravestones.

Féile na gCloch, the festival of stones, unfurls virtually in 2020 on the 18th and 19th September. On both days at 1pm you can follow the event on Facebook. Or  engage with the event whenever suits you via the Galway Heritage website.

Féile na gCloch, festival of stones, is an annual event on Inis Oírr that takes place every September. It brings together practitioners in stone walling, stone carving and letter carving from around the world to celebrate the heritage of the stones of the Aran Islands. In 2017, a new workshop was introduced, to reflect on the role that drawing and sketching plays in each of these traditions.