Traditional Skills Passed on by Masters at the West Cork Stone Symposium

Stone carvers and dry stone walling experts from around the world will gather on the Sheep’s Head peninsula to share their skills at the West Cork Stone Symposium later this month

The symposium (March 23–25 2018) in Kilcrohane will be a hands-on, creative celebration of stonecraft and its place in Irish life, and beginners are more than welcome to sign up to learn valuable traditional skills.

World-renowned carvers and wallers like Jesse Bagelman and Nick Aitken will travel to the West Cork coastal village from as far as Ontario and Seattle to lead a series of creative and collaborative workshops at the event, which is supported by the Dry Stone Wall Association of Ireland.

The Festival that Wants to Leave a Trace

The symposium will feature a range of talks and demonstrations as well as stone carving and dry stone walling workshops. At last year’s sold-out inaugural event, the dry stone wallers left some impressive walls and landmarks behind them on the Sheep’s Head peninsula. This year, symposium-goers will once again take part in active projects which leave a positive trace on West Cork’s landscape.

The festival organisers are delighted to see that last year’s attendees have been making good use of their skills, with many returning to learn more this year. “We’re delighted to be helping keep traditional skills alive”, says Victor Daly, a sculptor and stone carver who is the West Cork Stone Symposium’s creative director.

“Dry stone walling and stone carving have helped to shape the identity of the Wild Atlantic Way. When people take up those skills and put them to use, they’re helping us carry those ancient skills and traditions into the future. That’s a great outcome from a small and friendly festival on the Sheep’s Head.”

Contact Details:

Victor Daly (Creative Director, Stone Carver & Sculptor) (0)86 051 4116 or
Siobhán Burke (Festival Co-ordinator) +353 (0)86 303 0991

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