|3.10||Steps & Stairs||1||None||Students will work in small teams to assemble stairs. Skills learned include proper base preparation, moving and manipulating large stone, and design principles for steps. You will also learn how to integrate steps into other hardscape elements.|
|3.20||Flagging||1||None||The student will learn how to prepare the base and lay flagging. A variety of materials will be used. Shaping techniques will be taught.|
|3.30||Walling Skills Intensive||4||2.10 or 2.40 or 2.90||Students in this workshop will build a wall cheek from scratch. You will learn to shape through stones and cheek material. You will assemble and use your own batter frame. You will learn strategies for rapid building, and for effective bonding of throughs and cheeks to the wall. The goal is to build a cheek that is of passing Level 2 quality.|
|3.40||Stringlines & Batter Frames||1||2.10||Students will learn how to build and use guides for dry stone walling. We will show you different methods and materials to build batter frames for a variety of situations.|
|3.70||Walling Day||1||2.90||Low cost opportunity for those with Level 1 certification gain walling experience, especially building cheek ends, with certified professions on site.|
|3.80||Level 2 Test Preparation||1||3.30||The student will rebuild a Level 2 test stint against the clock. An instructor will answer questions and provide feedback at multiple points during the day. The purpose of this course is to help the student develop strategies for building within the test time limit while constructing a passing wall.|
|3.90||Level 2 Certification Test||1||2.90, 3.30 & 3.80 highly recommended.||The successful tester will have built a minimum of five cheeks, taken the pretest successfully, and will have built at least 50’ of wall on their own.|
Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. ~ Anton Chekhov
Serious hobbyists and professionals will find that these workshops provide the tools they need to build lasting and beautiful walls and features.
The Walling Skills Intensive is a four day workshop that teaches all of the skills needed to build a cheek end that meets Level 2 standards. Topics covered extensively include batter frames and building to the line, stone shaping for throughs and cheek material, and build strategy.
Recognizing the commitment that students are making to the craft, after participating in the Walling Skills Intensive workshop, each student will be paired with a certified instructor as a mentor to aid in the path to Level 2.
Steps & Stairs, and Flagging workshops address design elements common to many residential projects.
Level 2 Certification is perhaps the most difficult jump in the certification scheme. In our experience, this is where many wallers get off the train. Key to success is your personal investment in the necessary skills. It is our recommendation that before testing at Level 2, you build at least five cheek ends and 50 feet of free standing wall. More is better!
All workshops are taught by instructors that are certified by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB)
Upcoming Dry Stone Waller Courses
(By date, soonest first)
- 3.10 Steps & Stairs Workshop (10-19-2020)
October 19, 2020
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.