Matt Carter, greenislandstonework.com
Brian and I have worked together on projects and it's always a pleasure for me. Not only is he an accomplished, recognized, and highly-skilled craftsman, but he also has an amazing work ethic and positive attitude.
Dan Snow, dansnowstoneworks.com
Brian Fairfield brings a "can-do" spirit to every project. His dedication to the production of high quality craft in dry stone is unparalleled.
Jake Gott, timberislandbuilders.com, Owner & CEO of Timber Island Builders, Kennebunkport, Maine
There are a multitude of reasons why I hire Brian Fairfield to do stonework on my projects. The first reason is that he is really good at what he does. I have seen a lot of stone work around the seacoast and pay attention to it. Brian's work is unparalleled and really good looking. Brian comes at his craft from a traditional dry lay perspective and technique. He applies this technique, even when mortar is required. The result is a rooted, tight stone project and it always turns out extremely well. I also enjoy designing projects with him. I can wave my hands around and give him a general idea. I always leave our conversations knowing that I can trust him and it that it will turn out well for our client. His work has the quality and long-term skill set that I demand from my own craftsman. Brian and I share the same values: hard work, honesty and integrity.
Bill Noble, Shepley, Yorkshire, UK. DSWA Master Craftsman, Grand Prix Champion.
Brian Fairfield is a top class dry stone waller, whose curiosity and enthusiasm for stone is limitless, and it was a pleasure to work with him in Canada and again in the UK last summer. I look forward to seeing his future projects.
Dean Mclellan, deanmclellanstonework.weebly.com Holstein, Ontario, Canada. Sole Canadian DSWA Master Craftsman
Brian has proven himself to be a greatly skilled stone craftsman over the years. His attention to detail and love for the craft has elevated him into a position of tremendous accomplishment. I look forward to seeing what projects he comes up with next. A client is well served by Brian and is lucky to have him create for them!
Andrew Loudon, DSWA-GB Craft Skills Co-ordinator & Chief Examiner
I first met Brian Fairfield in 2010 in his home town of Kennebunkport in Maine. I was with fellow Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain Master Craftsman Dan Snow from Vermont, on a trip to examine Brian for the first part of his advanced craft certificate in dry stone walling. Unfortunately on that occasion Brian was unsuccessful, but I could clearly see he had the ability to succeed and pass the test, if not on that day then on another.
I met Brian a second time at the Stonewurx dry stone walling festival in Canada during the autumn of 2012, again I was impressed with the level of skill he displayed and won over by his friendly demeanor. A year later Brian traveled to the UK to further his knowledge of the craft and on this occasion he accompanied me to the Royal Horticultural Society Flower Show at Hampton Court Palace in London, where we completed a small stone feature in one of the gardens. It was on this trip to the UK, as I had predicted two years earlier that he successfully attained the part one of his advanced craft certificate.
I also had the pleasure of Brian's company in September 2012 at the Willowbank Stone Festival again in Canada, where we worked together as part of a multi-national team of craftsmen in the construction of a dry stone blacksmith's workshop.
I am sure Brian will continue to build on the foundations he has already laid and join the elite group of craftsmen in dry stone that hold the DSWA Master Craftsman Certificate. I look forward to seeing more of Brian's work.