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3.10 Steps and Stairs Workshop

3.10 Steps and Stairs Workshop Overview:

This workshop will teach everything you need to know in order to build strong and long lasting dry stone steps. Participants will divide up into pairs and work on building several sets of stairs in the Master Feature Park. There will be variations in materials and methods. Learn techniques for moving large stones by hand. Layout, dimensions, sourcing stones, understanding how to set the elevations with a story pole, shaping the steps, and integrating them into walls will all be included.

Certified DSWA-GB Instructors will guide participants through the process of building a dry stone wall.  The lead instructor will be a DSWA-GB Master Craftsman.  There will be no more than 4 students per instructor, so there is plenty of direct interaction with the instructors.  Most workshops have 2 instructors with up to 8 participants.

It is recommended that those registering for this workshop take at least one Level 1.00 or 2.00 course prior to this workshop, but it is not required.

This course is commonly taught at:

Details:

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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 a 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 their personal stone shaping tools as well

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:

  • Learn to build steps and stairs
  • 1-day: 9am-5pm
  • Learn to move large stones by hand
  • See different types of stone being used
  • Offered once per year
  • 1 instructor per 4 students
  • Typical Cost $375
Landscape Architects receive 7.5 credit hours for taking this workshop through the LA CES system.

Photos from 3.10 Steps and Stairs Workshop:

Upcoming 3.10 Steps and Stairs Workshops:

All Upcoming Dry Stone Waller (3.00) Level Courses


  • 3.20 Flagging Workshop (4/28/19)
    April 28, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1 day workshop attendance

Have a patio or walk way to build? This is the workshop for you!

Learn the fundamentals of patio construction in a fun, energetic, hands-on environment. While not strictly dry stone walling, flat-work is a common part of many projects. Doing a good job starts with a good foundation, and finishes with an attractive pattern of stone. This workshop will teach you how to do flat-work that stays flat and attractive for decades.


  • 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.


  • 3.70 Walling Day: May 4 and/or May 5
    May 4, 2019 - May 5, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Come join some skilled DSWA-GB wallers and Certified Master Craftsmen, building a new section of wall at The Stone Trust Center on Scott Farm. We have a retaining wall site all prepped out, and stone to use up. Maybe we can even work in some fun details or walling styles. This is a great time to work on practicing your walling, learning some new tricks and networking with fellow wallers. Level 1 or higher DSWA-GB Certification required to attend. Pro member attend free, basic members just $20.


  • 3.30 Walling Skills Intensive (4 Days) - May 20-23, 2019 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    May 20, 2019 - May 23, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 3.30 workshop attendance

The Walling Skills Intensive (WSI) workshop is intended for the intermediate waller who desires to test for Level 2. Gain the needed skills, practice building to the required standards and speed, and get a mentor to help you gain certification.


  • Fall Certification Test: Friday, 9/20/2019, Dummerston
    September 20, 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 MONDAY, August 5th! NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.