Posted May 12, 2017
In the last edition of Stonechat the basic principles of building foundations out of reasonably regular shaped stone were dealt with. Here we take a look at what to do with essentially triangular shaped stones.
In part 1 the need for adjacent stones to butt up against each other with as much of their internal edges touching as possible was dealt with. This reduces the chance of stones being forced out of the wall. Triangular stones can present a problem in achieving this.
The diagram left, taken from a photograph of some foundations constructed out of oolitic’. limestone, illustrates how to deal with these. The ideal is to find a stone to match the slope of the triangle, butting tightly with it. This is not always possible and the important thing is not to place two triangular stones next to each other. Try to ensure that the stone next to the point of a triangl
Posted May 12, 2017
Sally Hodgson will be giving the key note presentation at our Evening of Dry Stone Event. The presentation is titled “The Adventures of a Dry Stone Waller” – looking at walls and stone structures around the world, including the scholarship she received from the Winston Churchill Trust. Sally’s talk will be fully illustrated and is both humorous and enthusiastic!
Sally is one of only 3 women ever to have attained Master Craftswomen (Level 4) Certification. She is the only certified Master Craftswomen still active in walling, and the only women ever to be come a Dry Stone Walling Examiner. Sally currently runs a dry stone walling training facility in England with several other wallers, and is also a farmer in Derbyshire England.
Posted May 12, 2017
The Stone Trust Needs Your Help!
Wed. and Thurs. May 17 and 18, 9am – 4pm
We are looking for as many volunteers as possible to help with getting ready for the May 19 – 21 workshops!
The key tasks will be:
Moving stone in preparation for our new wall in the Masters Park
Shaping stones for building cheek ends
Preparing the site for our stairs workshop (4 sets of stairs!)
Posted May 2, 2017
In addition to being Certified Master Craftsmen, Examiners for dry stone wall certification tests need to attend the Standardization event at least twice every 6 years. There is a lot to being an examiner and to the standardization event. The standardization event is based around a test day where actual test candidates are taking their tests. Examiners mark each wall as one would during a normal test day, but don’t confer on the marks. Until the following day when all the examiners marks are tallied. The examiners than discuss what why they what they saw and why they marked the way they did. This discussion allows all examiners to be able to score as evenly as possible.
Posted May 2, 2017
Menno Braam, first began working with stone in 2001. He quickly found himself drawn to its creative possibilities, and also its potential permanence. Over the years as he has developed his skills, he’s striven to maintain a balance between aesthetics and structure. His experiences so far have led to several awards, and have given him the opportunity to meet and work with some of the best master craftsmen in the world.
Posted April 29, 2017
Professional wallers build their walls with smooth even faces, and they do this while walling fast. Understanding the proper use of batter frames and string lines is what makes this possible. Check out the video series below to see a few of some of the tips and and techniques that will be shown in next weekend’s String line and batter frame workshop.
Posted April 18, 2017
Did you know The Stone Trust now sells tools and supplies useful for all wallers?
We currently sell tools from Trow and Holden, Rebit, Micon, Sencore, & Kraft.
Posted April 17, 2017
Daniel Arabella has been passionately bringing traditional drystone methods to the Midwest for seven years and incorporating it into the projects he builds for his business: Arabella Stone Co. Daniel’s extensive background in the arts and construction industries provides a cohesive of blend skills and a fresh approach to a traditional craft. Daniel takes an artisan’s approach to his projects and puts his heart into his work so that he can create a masterpiece for each client.
Posted April 12, 2017
It was a busy weekend at The Stone Trust. Over April 8&9, we had four workshops with a total of 7 instructors 58 participants! Walling was introduced to 32 people at indoor workshops. Instructors Michael Murphy, Torben Larsen, and Michael Weitzner led participants through the fundamentals of building dry stone walls.
Outside our biggest ever retaining wall workshop ever took place, rebuilding a 28 ft long wall over 5 ft high. This was taught by Brian Post and Benjamin Maron. On Sunday, our new full day stone shaping curriculum was a great success. With participants learning everything from basic hammer techniques to using power diamond saws. Instructors, Brian Post, Seth Harris, Torben Larsen, along with Jorden Keys from tool manufacturer Trow and Holden, made for a great student to teacher ratio. Check out a few of the Highlights below. There are lots more photos and videos available here too.
Posted April 4, 2017
Despite the late season snows, 2017 dry stone walling workshops have begun. On Friday March 31st, as the snow was coming down outside, 19 people were learning the craft at our contractors dry stone walling workshop. Braving the snow storm to get here, they learned the fundamentals of dry stone wall construction.
Check out all the pictures below. Thanks to Judy Rand for volunteering and taking all the photos, and the great instructors Jared Flynn, TJ Mora and Brian Post