The resurrection of a dying art is happening in Moorabool through a series of workshops at Spargo Creek.
Stonemason and sculptor Josh Bowes will be running dry stone wall, stone lettering and relief carving classes at the Oak and Monkey Puzzle from November 18.
Bowes, whose artist name is Drystone Jackson, is self taught in the art of dry stone, which developed out of necessity when farmers had to clear their land of dry stone.
Throughout his career, Bowes has merged his love of, and skill, working with stone and his diverse art practice.
Oak and Monkey Puzzle owner Natasha Morgan said Bowes’ experience and artistry brought a fresh perspective to the rare craft.
“We’ve been running the workshops for a year and a half and they’re hugely popular,” she said.
“These are dying trades. Lettering now is done by stencils and sandblasters, whereas with Josh the pieces that are created at the workshop are all done by hand.
“Josh grew up in this area and we work with reclaimed stone from the gold rush era in the 1800s. He provides a unique perspective to his multi-disciplinary craft, to which he is passionately fixated and generously shares with workshop participants.”