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2.50 Introduction to Stone Shaping Workshop

Dry Stone Wall Stone Shaping Course at The Stone Trust
Dry Stone Wall Stone Shaping Course at The Stone Trust

2.50 Introduction to Stone Shaping Workshop Overview:

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 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. Typical types of stone will likely include, granite, slate, local quarried schist, a mix ‘field stone,’ ‘glacial till,’ and more. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their local stone to practice shaping, as well as any tools they would like to learn how to better use.

While lots of stone and other materials will be handled as part of this workshop, this workshop will not focus on building a wall. The assumption is that participants taking this workshop already know at least the basics of dry stone walling. This workshop will delve into stone shaping and to a much greater level of detail than workshops that focus on wall building.

 

This workshop is typically offered once every spring.

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 encouraged to bring stone shaping tools they already own, and samples of the stone they work with.

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 ‘next step’ workshop
  • 1-day: 9am-5pm
  • Ideal for anyone working with stone
  • Try a wide range of techniques
  • Try out tools before you buy them
  • Prerequisite courses: Any 1.00 or 2.00 level course
  • Typically once per year in the spring.

One of the techniques taught in this workshop:

Landscape Architects receive 7.5 LA CES credits for taking this workshop

Photos from 2.50 workshops (photos from several locations)

Upcoming 2.50 Introduction to Stone Shaping Workshops:


  • 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).


  • 2.50 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).


  • 2.50 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).

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!