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Danny Barber

Banker Mason

Co-founder of Smith and Barber Sculpture Atelier [link: http://smithandbarber.com] and Willowbank faculty associate, Danny has worked on the Parliament Buildings and Rideau Hall in Ottawa, the Legislative Assemebly in Sasketchawan and the Brock Monument right here in Queenston!


Website: http://smithandbarber.ca

Keith Blades

Stone Conservationist

Keith Blades is a stone conservationist with an MA in Conservation Studies, from the University of York, England. Keith has had an extensive and long career in the conservation of stone in Canada and has worked on the Parliament Buildings and the Legislative Buildings here in Ontario, as well as projects further a field, like Louisbourg Fortress in Nova Scotia. This past summer, Keith, along with 2 Willowbank students and a Willowbank Alumna, took on the conservation of the Great Fireplace at Sainte-Marie-Among-The-Hurons.

Kenneth Davies

Dry Stone Waller

Bachelor of Arts (anthropology) from Trent University, 2007. Diploma in Heritage and Traditional Masonry from Algonquin College, 2009. Discouraged by the state of the masonry industry in Southwestern Ontario (predominantly man made veneer work) he transitioned over a number of years to drystone walling. Currently, he holds a Level 2 professional certification and instructor certification from the DSWA UK.

Philip Dolphin

Dry Stone Waller

Philip Dolphin is a certified Master Craftsman from North Yorkshire in the UK, recognized by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. He is a professional member of the the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain and a certified instructor.

Johnny Doran


Johnny Doran is originally from Ireland where he apprenticed as a plasterer in the 80s. Since immigrating to Canada, Johnny has worked on numerous public restorations and private homes throughout Southern Ontario. Johnny is a faculty associate at Willowbank.

Nicholas Fairplay

Master Carver

Nicholas Fairplay is a European trained artisan and master carver with expertise in design, drawing and fabrication of museum quality sculpture in classical styles. An architectural sculptor with over 40 years experience of unparalleled design, technique and execution. Mr. Fairplay specializes in hand carved stone and marble sculpture and ornament. Past projects include, among others, key elements at Westminster Abbey, London; Windsor Castle, Windsor, U.K.; St. Paul's Cathedral, London; Houses of Parliament, London; Hampton Court, London; St. John the Divine, New York City; the Utah State Capitol, Salt Lake City; Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.

Lloyd Johnston


Lloyd Johnston is a 5th generation blacksmith, with over 50 years of experience as a blacksmith. Based out of Beaverton Ontario, Lloyd is a metals conservator and restorer. Lloyd is a faculty associate at Willowbank.

Lisa Langdon

Artisan Blacksmith

Lisa Langdon is an artisan blacksmith who assists Lloyd on his visits to Willowbank. Lisa is the secretary of the Ontario Artist Blacksmith Association.

Dean McLellan

Dry Stone Waller

Dean McLellan is certified Master Craftsman in Canada recognized by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. He is also a  professional member of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain and a certified instructor.  Dean is a faculty associate at Willowbank as well as an instructor at the Niagara School of Horticulture.