WOODBURY — Dry stone wall builder Andrew Pighills will host a virtual presentation titled, The Stone Structures and Walls of England and New England: An Evolution, at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8 at the Woodbury Public Library.
Concentrating on the stone structures of England and New England, the lecture will draw comparisons, similar and dissimilar, between the geology, building styles and techniques, and follows the evolution of stone walls and structures from colonial times to the present day and explains how they fit into the garden and broader landscape, past and present.
Born in Yorkshire, England, Mr. Pighills is an accomplished stone artisan, gardener and horticulturist.
He received his formal horticulture training with the Royal Horticultural Society and has spent 31 years creating gardens and building dry stone walls in his native England in and around the spectacular Yorkshire Dales and the English Lake District.
He is currently overseeing the reconstruction of dry stone walls at U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York.
His particular technique of building walls adheres to the ancient methods of generations of dry stone wallers in his native Yorkshire Dales.
Mr. Pighills’ commitment to preserving the integrity and endurance of this traditional building art has earned him a devoted list of private and public clients here and abroad including the English National Trust and the English National Parks.
His stone work has been featured in a programming series on traditional English building methods on BBC television and in Charles McCraven’s book “The Stone Primer.”
Most recently his work has been featured in articles in the New York Times as well as various media outlets both here and in the U.K.
In addition to building in stone and creating gardens, Mr. Pighills teaches dry stone wall building workshops with fellow members of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain in and around New England.
He is a frequent lecturer on the art of dry stone walling, and how traditional U.K. walling styles compare to those found in New England.
More information and event registration are available on the Woodbury Library’s Events Page at www.woodburylibraryct.org.
Questions may be directed to 203-263-0656.