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2.13 Contractor’s Introduction to Dry Stone Walling

2.13 Contractors Introductory Workshop Overview:

This workshop is intended for the landscaper, mason, or builder looking to build dry stone walls.  Similar to 1.10, this workshop will be taught by highly experienced professional wallers with Advanced or Master Craftsman certification.  The hands on building portion of the workshop is a little faster paced, making room for discussions about pricing and business strategies, equipment, and other contractor related topics. This workshop is suited to beginners and those with previous stone working experience.

Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall (one side).  These workshops are taught using round field stone stone.  If you learn to build with round stone you can build with anything.  Participants will learn all the basic rules of structural dry stone walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project.

This workshop will feature hands on experience with a free standing wall, like those traditionally used as livestock fences and property boundaries.   The information learned is directly applicable to all types of dry stone walls, including retaining walls, seat walls, and more.

Certified DSWA-GB Instructors will guide participants through the process of building a dry stone wall.  There will be no more than 8 students per instructor, so there is plenty of direct interaction with the instructors.  Most workshops have 2 instructors with up to 16 participants.

This course is taught at:

Details:

The day will begin with a brief introductory discussion.  Participants will select their area to work, and start by dismantling the existing wall.  During this process, stone sorting techniques will be taught, and correct and incorrect aspects of the existing wall will be discussed.  Once the walls are dismantled, the foundation will be discussed and prepared, and the all important string-line guides will be introduced.  Participants will then be guided through placing foundation stones, and beginning to build the wall.  Principles of walling are discussed, demonstrated, and practiced as the 1st few courses are built by the participants.

During lunch, participants will have the opportunity to ask the instructors questions about their own projects, and purchase a wide variety of tools, books and other supplies.

After lunch, building will continue.  Throughstones will be introduced, discussed, and placed.  The 2nd lift of the wall will be built, and participants will learn some techniques for handling smaller stones.  Cope stones will be introduced and placed on the wall.  The day will finish with brief clean up and review of the wall(s) built that day.

Throughout the day discussions relevant to contractors will be interspersed in the active walling.  Contract and pricing strategies will be included, as will the use of equipment, drainage and foundations.

A brief guided tour of the other walls and stone features at the location where the workshop is taught is also a common part of the workshop.

At the end of the workshop participants will receive a certificate of workshop completion,  t-shirt, and a packet full of walling information.  There is also time to purchase tools, books and supplies, as well as ask additional questions.

Critical Information:

  • The workshop will run 9:00am-5:00pm with 1/2 hour lunch break.
  • Participants should wear boots and work clothes (have plenty of layers for cool weather)
  • What to bring:  gloves, safety glasses, water, and lunch.  (There is no where close enough to buy lunch with in the lunch break)
  • All tools needed are provided.

Detailed info will be emailed to you once you register including what to bring and directions.

Licensed Landscape Architects can receive 7.5 LA CES credits for participating in this workshop.

Workshop quick guide:

  • Great 1st workshop for contractors
  • 1-day: 9am-5pm
  • Learn the basics and more in 1 day.
  • Taught in the indoor Training Center
  • Offered once per year in early spring

Experienced hardscape contractors share their 2.13 workshop experience:

Landscape Architects receive 7.5 credit hours for taking this workshop through the LA CES system.

Photos from 2.13 workshops

Upcoming 2.13 Contractor’s Introductory Workshops:


  • 2.13 Contractors Intro - March 19, 2022 (Nashville, TN)
    March 19, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc. Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall, using natural round fieldstone. You will learn all the basic rules of structural walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project.


  • 2.13 Contractors Intro (1-Day): April 30, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    April 30, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc.


  • 2.13 Contractors Intro (1-Day): July 7, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    July 7, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc.


  • 2.13 Contractors Intro (1-Day): October 20, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    October 20, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc.


  • 2.13 Contractors Intro (1-Day): November 4, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    November 4, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc.

All Upcoming Fundamentals (2.00) Level Courses


  • 2.60 Contractors Intensive (5-day): March 14-18, 2022
    5-day workshop
    March 14, 2022 - March 18, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

2.60 Contractors Intensive: (5-Day): March 14 – 18, 2022 (Tennessee) This workshop includes 4 days of training and the
Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB) Level I (Initial) certification test on the final day.

This workshop is perfect for the landscape or masonry contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work, and gain DSWA-GB Certification.


  • 2.13 Contractors Intro - March 19, 2022 (Nashville, TN)
    March 19, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc. Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall, using natural round fieldstone. You will learn all the basic rules of structural walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project.


  • 2.10 Historic Wall Rebuild (3-Day or 2-Day option) - April 8-10, 2022(Nashville, TN)
    3-Day course attendance
    April 8, 2022 - April 10, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Stone Trust, in conjunction with the Hunterwood Home Owners Association, will be repairing a section of Civil War-era dry stone wall on Manley Lane in the Brentwood area of Nashville, Tennessee. Here you can learn dry stone walling while working to rebuild historic dry stone walls.


  • 2.50 Intro to Stone Shaping Workshop (1-Day): April 22, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1-Day workshop
    April 22, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop will spend the day learning about how to shape stones for use in dry stone walls. Participants will be introduced to a variety of stone types, and how to work with them. Both hand and power tools will be demonstrated and used. The stone shaping portion will focus on efficient practices, learning how to look at a stone and judge how to shape it, as well as proper use and care of tools. PREREQUISITE: Open to those who have taken at least one Level 1 workshop
(or are experienced wallers).


  • 2.20 Retaining Wall Workshop (1 Day, Outdoor): April 23, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1-day workshop attendance
    April 23, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Participants will learn how to maximize strength for a retaining wall while following the basic rules. Foundations, drainage, perforated pipe, filter fabric, geo-textiles and more are all discussed or demonstrated. This workshop is intended to give you the information to make wise decisions on your own projects. It is well suited for both homeowners and contractors. PREREQUISITE:  any 1.00 level course, or 2.10, or 2.13


  • 2.13 Contractors Intro (1-Day): April 30, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    April 30, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc.


  • 2.60 Contractors Intensive: (5-Day): May 9 - 13, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    5-day workshop
    May 9, 2022 - May 13, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop includes 4 days of training and the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB) Level I (Initial) certification test on the final day. It is perfect for the landscape or masonry contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work, and gain DSWA-GB Certification. Equivalent to a combination of courses 1.20, 2.8, and 2.9 plus much more! REGISTRATION DEADLINE is


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop - May 21 & 22, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    May 21, 2022 - May 22, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whenever your building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well and structurally are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right.


  • 2.80 Test Preparation Workshop: (1-Day): May 21, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    May 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • 3.80 Test Preparation Workshop: (1-Day): May 21, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    May 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is intended for those planning to take a Level 1 or Level 2 certification test. Learning tips and tricks to help you pass, while you practice build for your test.


  • 2.90 Spring Certification Test Day: May. 23, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1 Day attendance
    May 23, 2022
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
  • 3.90 Spring Certification Test Day: May. 23, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1 Day attendance
    May 23, 2022
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
  • 4.90 Spring Certification Test Day: May. 23, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1 Day attendance
    May 23, 2022
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm

Testing Levels Initial, Intermediate and Advanced (Part B). Thursday, September 23, 2020. NOTE: You must hold the previous level certification to sign up for any test above level 1. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE is August 11th! NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor): June 11 & 12, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    June 11, 2022 - June 12, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whenever your building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well and structurally are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right.


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (2-Day, Outdoor) - June 11 & 12, 2022 (Minneapolis, MN)
    2-day workshop attendance
    June 11, 2022 - June 12, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whenever your building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well and structurally are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right.


  • 2.20 Retaining Wall Workshop (1 Day, Outdoor): June 12, 2022 (Nashville , TN)
    1-day workshop attendance
    June 11, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Participants will learn how to maximize strength for a retaining wall while following the basic rules. Foundations, drainage, perforated pipe, filter fabric, geo-textiles and more are all discussed or demonstrated. This workshop is intended to give you the information to make wise decisions on your own projects. It is well suited for both homeowners and contractors. PREREQUISITE:  any 1.00 level course, or 2.10, or 2.13


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (2-Day, Outdoor) - June 25 & 26, 2022 (Barre, VT)
    2-day workshop attendance
    June 25, 2022 - June 26, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whenever your building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well and structurally are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right.


  • 2.13 Contractors Intro (1-Day): July 7, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    July 7, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc.


  • 2.20 Retaining Wall Workshop (1 Day, Outdoor): July 08, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    1-day workshop attendance
    July 8, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Participants will learn how to maximize strength for a retaining wall while following the basic rules. Foundations, drainage, perforated pipe, filter fabric, geo-textiles and more are all discussed or demonstrated. This workshop is intended to give you the information to make wise decisions on your own projects. It is well suited for both homeowners and contractors. PREREQUISITE:  any 1.00 level course, or 2.10, or 2.13


  • 2.50 Intro to Stone Shaping Workshop (1-Day): July 08, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    1-Day workshop
    July 8, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop will spend the day learning about how to shape stones for use in dry stone walls. Participants will be introduced to a variety of stone types, and how to work with them. Both hand and power tools will be demonstrated and used. The stone shaping portion will focus on efficient practices, learning how to look at a stone and judge how to shape it, as well as proper use and care of tools. PREREQUISITE: Open to those who have taken at least one Level 1 workshop
(or are experienced wallers).


  • 2.50 Intro to Stone Shaping Workshop (1-Day): July 09, 2022 (Minneapolis, MN)
    1-Day workshop
    July 9, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop will spend the day learning about how to shape stones for use in dry stone walls. Participants will be introduced to a variety of stone types, and how to work with them. Both hand and power tools will be demonstrated and used. The stone shaping portion will focus on efficient practices, learning how to look at a stone and judge how to shape it, as well as proper use and care of tools. PREREQUISITE: Open to those who have taken at least one Level 1 workshop
(or are experienced wallers).


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor): August 5 & 6, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    August 5, 2022 - August 6, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whenever your building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well and structurally are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right.


  • 2.80 Test Preparation Workshop: (1-Day): August 13, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    August 13, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • 3.80 Test Preparation Workshop: (1-Day): August 13, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    August 13, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is intended for those planning to take a Level 1 or Level 2 certification test. Learning tips and tricks to help you pass, while you practice build for your test.


  • 2.10 Historic Wall Rebuild (3-Day or 2-Day option) - August 19, 20 & 21, 2022(Nashville, TN)
    3-Day course attendance
    August 19, 2022 - August 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Learn how to rebuild a historic field wall in a beautiful Vermont setting. Participants will be guided through all aspects of rebuilding a dilapidated field wall using the local field stone. This workshop is an excellent professionals, homeowners, hobbyists, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls.


  • 2.80 Test Preparation Workshop: (1-Day): September 10, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    September 10, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • 3.80 Test Preparation Workshop: (1-Day): September 10, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    September 10, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is intended for those planning to take a Level 1 or Level 2 certification test. Learning tips and tricks to help you pass, while you practice build for your test.


  • 2.90 Fall Certification Test Day: September 22, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1 Day attendance
    September 22, 2022
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
  • 3.90 Fall Certification Test Day: September 22, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1 Day attendance
    September 22, 2022
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
  • 4.90 Fall Certification Test Day: September 22, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1 Day attendance
    September 22, 2022
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm

Testing Levels Initial, Intermediate and Advanced (Part B). Thursday, September 23, 2020. NOTE: You must hold the previous level certification to sign up for any test above level 1. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE is August 11th! NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


  • 2.90 Fall Certification Test Day: September 23, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1 Day attendance
    September 23, 2022
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
  • 3.90 Fall Certification Test Day: September 23, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1 Day attendance
    September 23, 2022
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
  • 4.90 Fall Certification Test Day: September 23, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1 Day attendance
    September 23, 2022
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm

Testing Levels Initial, Intermediate and Advanced (Part B). Thursday, September 23, 2020. NOTE: You must hold the previous level certification to sign up for any test above level 1. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE is August 11th! NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (2-Day) - September 24 & 25, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    2-day workshop attendance
    September 24, 2022 - September 25, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whenever your building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well and structurally are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right.


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (2-Day): October 1 & 2, 2022 (South Fork, PA)
    October 1, 2022 - October 2, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whenever your building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well and structurally are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right.


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor): October 8 & 9, 2022
    October 8, 2022 - October 9, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whenever your building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well and structurally are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right.


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (2-Day, Outdoor) - October 8 & 9, 2022 (Barre, VT)
    2-day workshop attendance
    October 8, 2022 - October 9, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whenever your building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well and structurally are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right.


  • 2.13 Contractors Intro (1-Day): October 20, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    October 20, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc.


  • 2.41 Women's Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor): October 21 & 22, 2022
    October 21, 2022 - October 22, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whenever your building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well and structurally are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right.


  • 2.50 Intro to Stone Shaping Workshop (1-Day): October 21, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    1-Day workshop
    October 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop will spend the day learning about how to shape stones for use in dry stone walls. Participants will be introduced to a variety of stone types, and how to work with them. Both hand and power tools will be demonstrated and used. The stone shaping portion will focus on efficient practices, learning how to look at a stone and judge how to shape it, as well as proper use and care of tools. PREREQUISITE: Open to those who have taken at least one Level 1 workshop
(or are experienced wallers).


  • 2.20 Retaining Wall Workshop (1 Day, Outdoor): October 21, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    1-day workshop attendance
    October 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Participants will learn how to maximize strength for a retaining wall while following the basic rules. Foundations, drainage, perforated pipe, filter fabric, geo-textiles and more are all discussed or demonstrated. This workshop is intended to give you the information to make wise decisions on your own projects. It is well suited for both homeowners and contractors. PREREQUISITE:  any 1.00 level course, or 2.10, or 2.13


  • 2.60 Contractors Intensive: (5-Day) - October 24 - 28, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    5-day workshop
    October 24, 2022 - October 28, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop includes 4 days of training and the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB) Level I (Initial) certification test on the final day. It is perfect for the landscape or masonry contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work, and gain DSWA-GB Certification. Equivalent to a combination of courses 1.20, 2.8, and 2.9 plus much more! REGISTRATION DEADLINE is FEBRUARY 14th!


  • 2.13 Contractors Intro (1-Day): November 4, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    November 4, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc.


  • 2.60 Contractors Intensive: (5-Day): November 14 - 18, 2022 (Nashville, TN)
    5-day workshop
    November 14, 2022 - November 18, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop includes 4 days of training and the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB) Level I (Initial) certification test on the final day. It is perfect for the landscape or masonry contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work, and gain DSWA-GB Certification. Equivalent to a combination of courses 1.20, 2.8, and 2.9 plus much more! REGISTRATION DEADLINE is September 19, 2021!