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Michael Weitzner

Michael Weitzner

MICHAEL WEITZNER has been a full-time dry stone waller/mason and a professional member of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain since 1993.  In 2003 the DSWA-GB awarded him a Master Craftsman certificate.  Michael has a strong interest in historic preservation and has become involved in historic bridge preservation.

Michael was born in Switzerland in 1962 and has lived in Spain, England, Scotland and the USA.  Michael’s involvement with dry stone began at an early age when he was introduced to it by his Swiss grandfather.  Michael’s work has been featured in New Old House magazine, Vermont Life magazine, ‘Good Fences’ by Bill Hubbell and on HGTV’s Rebecca’s Garden. Michael lives in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Read more about Michael’s work and his business, Thistle Stone Works.

More workshops taught by Michael:


  • 3.10 Dry Stone Steps & Stairs Workshop (1-Day): April 24, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    April 24, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

This workshop is all about building dry stone steps. You will learn tips and techniques to build several types of stone steps. Layout, design, stone shaping, tool use, and methods for handling large stones will all be part of this workshop.


  • 3.40 Stringlines & Batter Frames Workshop (1 Day, Outdoor): April 24, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    April 24, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Proper set up and use of batter frames and string lines is a real challenge for many wallers. We continually hear from examiners that poor use of string lines is one of the biggest reasons that wallers fail certification tests. You will learn multiple ways to build frames and use string lines to improve the efficiency of your building process and quality of the walls you build. PREREQUISITE: This workshop is intended for wallers who have taken one or more prior workshops, are level 1 or higher certified, or have experience building stone walls.


  • 3.10 Dry Stone Steps & Stairs Workshop (1-Day): June 26, 2022 (Nashville, TN)
    June 26, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

This workshop is all about building dry stone steps. You will learn tips and techniques to build several types of stone steps. Layout, design, stone shaping, tool use, and methods for handling large stones will all be part of this workshop.


  • 3.10 Dry Stone Steps & Stairs Workshop (1-Day): July 10, 2022 (Mont Vernon NH)
    July 10, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

This workshop is all about building dry stone steps. You will learn tips and techniques to build several types of stone steps. Layout, design, stone shaping, tool use, and methods for handling large stones will all be part of this workshop.


  • 3.10 Dry Stone Steps & Stairs Workshop (1-Day): October 23, 2022 (Mont Vernon NH)
    October 23, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

This workshop is all about building dry stone steps. You will learn tips and techniques to build several types of stone steps. Layout, design, stone shaping, tool use, and methods for handling large stones will all be part of this workshop.