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Should I take the 1-Day or 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling?

People often ask about the differences between our 1-Day and 2-Day Intro workshops. In a nutshell, both courses teach the basic principles of building a structurally sound dry stone wall. The 2-day course teaches the 5 basics and also introduces basic stone shaping, shows participants how to split stones using feathers and wedges, and spends more time setting up batter frames and stringlines. Each participant builds more wall (35′ vs. 25′) at a slower pace, which allows more time for talking with instructors about the projects you have in mind.

Both courses are designed for homeowners, hobbyists, and enthusiasts who want to build walls themselves. Both courses work well, too, for landscapers, masons, and designers seeking to add dry stone walling to their skill set. Landscape Architects earn LA CES credits when they participate in professional development through The Stone Trust.

Either course provides the necessary introduction to more advanced building concepts. If you’re interested to peruse our curriculum in dry stone, you may get a sense of the progression of learning. The intro course is a prerequisite for most other courses.

2021 2-Day Introductory Workshops

The two day format gives more time questions about your specific projects, learning stone shaping basics, and possibly even splitting stones using feathers and wedges.

Experienced participants will work on building a wall end, also known as a cheek end. Anyone considering pursuing professional certification will want to register for a Cheek Rebuild workshop once they have completed an intro class; Dry Stone Walling Association Level 2 Professional certification test requires you to build a wall end to a high standard in a timed setting.

2-Day Intro Workshops at Broad View Farm, Mont Vernon, NH

1.20 Two-Day Introductory Workshop (Outdoor) – May 1 & 2, 2021 (Mont Vernon, NH)

2.40 Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor): May 1 & 2, 2021 (Mont Vernon, NH)

1.20 Two-Day Introductory Workshop (Outdoor) – August 6 & 7, 2021 (Mont Vernon, NH)

1.21 Women’s Introductory Workshop (2-Day): October 22 & 23 2021 (Mont Vernon, NH)


2-Day Intro Workshops at The Land, Nashville, TN

April 24 & 25, 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walls

June 26 & 27, 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walls

Sept 18 & 19, 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walls

Oct 23 & 24, 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walls


2-Day Intro Workshops at Northland Landscape Nursery, Isanti, MN

1.20 Two-Day Introductory Workshop (Outdoor) – June 12 & 13, 2021 (Minneapolis, MN)


If you or someone you know is interested in other Stone Trust workshops, please click here to see our  Curriculum in Dry Stone.