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2.40 Cheek End Workshop

2.40 Cheek End Workshop Overview:

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.

Cheek ends are particularly tricky to build well, and this workshop will give participants first hand experience with this.  Working as a partner with another participant, each pair will dismantle and rebuild a cheek end on a freestanding wall about 54″ tall.   The two day format will give participants time get familiar with how to build a cheek end.  Setting up a frame to guide the build and the stone shaping needed to accomplish the task are all included.  Of particular importance is learning to plan ahead so each stone is used to its maximum value.  The end goal of the workshop is for each pair to build structural stable cheek end.

This workshop is ideally suited to the contractor or avid home owner as well as those thinking of testing Level II (3.90) in the future.  It is a paired down version of the Walling Skills Intensive (3.30)

This workshop is taught co-currently with 1.20 so participants in that workshop will be rebuilding adjoining sections of straight wall.

Certified DSWA-GB Instructors will guide participants through the process of building a dry stone cheek end.  There will be no more than 6 students per instructor, so there is plenty of direct interaction with the instructors.  Most workshops have 1 instructor with up to 6 participants.

This workshop is typically offered spring and fall in Dummerston VT, and at select other locations at varying times.

This course is commonly taught at:

Details:

More details coming soon.

Critical Information:

  • 2-day workshop.
  • Each day 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, rain gear, safety glasses, water, and lunch.  (There is no where close enough to buy lunch with in the lunch break)
  • All tools needed are provided.
  • Participants are welcome to bring stone shaping tools they already own.

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

Licensed Landscape Architects can receive 15 LA CES credits for participating in this workshop.

Workshop quick guide:

  • Great ‘next step’ workshop
  • 2-days: 9am-5pm
  • Ideal for anyone planning to build a wall end
  • Practice planning ahead & shaping stones
  • Prerequisite courses: Any 1.00 level course, or 2.10, or 2.13
  • Offered twice per year, spring and fall.
  • Typical Cost $495

See the Dummerston site and a 2-day (1.20) workshop in action:

Landscape Architects receive 15 LA CES credits for taking this workshop

Photos from 2.40 workshops (photos from several locations)

Upcoming 2.40 Cheek End Workshops:


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor) - May. 4 & 5, 2019 (Dummerston, VT)
    May 4, 2019 - May 5, 2019
    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.

All Upcoming Fundamentals (2.00) Level Courses


  • 2.13 Contractors Workshop
    March 29, 2019
    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.


  • Spring Certification Test: Friday, 5/3/2019
    May 3, 2019
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
    - 1 Day attendance

Testing Levels Initial, Intermediate and Advanced (Part B). Friday, May 3, 2019. NOTE: You must hold the previous level certification to sign up for any test above level 1. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, March 20th! NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor) - May. 4 & 5, 2019 (Dummerston, VT)
    May 4, 2019 - May 5, 2019
    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 6/2/19
    June 2, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-Day workshop

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.


  • 2.20 Retaining wall workshop 6/2/19
    June 2, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

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.