Luke De Garis

2020 QEST Apprentice - Dry Stone Walling
Perth & Kinross

Luke has been working on a freelance basis with Martin Tyler (one of the youngest professional members of The Scottish Dry Stone Walling Association) and will now embark upon more formal training with him. With the support of QEST, Luke will learn the complex set of skills involved in dry stone walling, which is an important but dwindling heritage craft. This will help secure the future of traditional dry stone practices as well as allow for growth of the craft in Perthshire.

Working alongside Martin on a structured and consistent basis will enable Luke to master the central skills of dry stone walling and begin to understand the intricacies of the craft. Aside from repairing and building free-standing, retaining and curved walls, he will also have the opportunity to work on cheek-ends and features such as steps, arches, benches, lunkies and smoots. He will train and prepare to take formal qualifications in the subject, and on completion of the apprenticeship hopes to continue working alongside Martin.