About John Alston

Domestic wall

My name is John Alston, and I have been a self-employed professional dry stone waller since 2006, following a career in IT.

I am based in Stocksbridge, Sheffield and mostly work in the South Yorkshire area but have also built in Derbyshire and West Yorkshire, so have experience of several stone types.

I am a Professional member of the national Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA(GB)), and an active member of the local South Yorkshire branch.

Curved wall adjoining road

The range of work I do covers repair and restoration of existing walls, new builds of free standing & retaining walls, garden features, etc. for residential, agricultural and commercial clients.

I have also run training courses for several organisations, and am one of the instructors used by the National Stone Centre in Derbyshire.  I can tailor a course to your specific requirements.

I recently had the opportunity to go to the Cévennes National Park, France, to work with members of L'association des Artisans Bâtisseurs en Pierres Sèches (ABPS); a French professional dry stone walling organization.

Cévennes view

I currently hold the DSWA Intermediate walling certificate, LANTRA Level 2 certificate, and the DSWA Initial Instructor certificate.

John with trainees

I have been CRB/DBS checked, have a current First Aid certificate, and Public Liability insurance.

I provide free quotes and advice for jobs, both large and small.