Stone wall artist to discuss craft at Milford Library

Many people in New England are familiar with the graceful stone walls that dot the landscape; sometimes people come across old stone walls while hiking in the woods.

On Monday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., Andrew Pighills will discuss the fine art of building stone walls, both in his native England and here in the United States.

Born in Yorkshire, England, Pighills is an accomplished stone artisan, gardener and horticulturist. He received his formal horticultural 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 Yorkshire Dales and the English Lake District.

Today, Pighills is one of a handful of US-based professional members of The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. Having moved to the United States more than 10 years ago, he now continues this craft here in the U.S., building dry stone walls, stone structures and creating gardens throughout New England and beyond.

The lecture will draw comparisons between England and New England. The similarities and differences in geology, building styles and techniques will be discussed.

Pighills will also follow the development and evolution of stone walls and structures in England and New England from colonial times to the present day, and he’ll explain how they fit into the garden and wider landscape past and present.

This program is funded by the Friends of Milford Library. All are welcome. Reservations are not necessary.