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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
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:


  • 3.10 Dry Stone Steps & Stairs Workshop (1-Day): April 24, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1-day workshop attendance
    April 24, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is all about building dry stone steps. You will learn tips and techniques to build several types of stone steps. Layout, design, stone shaping, tool use, and methods for handling large stones will all be part of this workshop.


  • 3.10 Dry Stone Steps & Stairs Workshop (1-Day): July 10, 2022 (Mont Vernon NH)
    1-day workshop attendance
    July 10, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is all about building dry stone steps. You will learn tips and techniques to build several types of stone steps. Layout, design, stone shaping, tool use, and methods for handling large stones will all be part of this workshop.


  • 3.10 Dry Stone Steps & Stairs Workshop (1-Day): October 23, 2022 (Mont Vernon NH)
    1-day workshop attendance
    October 23, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is all about building dry stone steps. You will learn tips and techniques to build several types of stone steps. Layout, design, stone shaping, tool use, and methods for handling large stones will all be part of this workshop.

All Upcoming Dry Stone Waller (3.00) Level Courses


  • 3.30 Walling Skills Intensive (4 Days) - March 21-24, 2022 (Nashville, TN)
    3.30 workshop attendance
    March 21, 2022 - March 24, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

NEW FOR 2022! The Walling Skills Intensive (WSI) workshop is intended for the intermediate waller who desires to test for Level 2. You will understand the scoring criteria used in the DSWA Level 2 Certification Test, and you will know what areas you personally need to focus on to successfully test.


  • 3.20 Flagging/Patio Workshop: (1-Day), April 23, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1 day workshop attendance
    April 23, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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.


  • 3.10 Dry Stone Steps & Stairs Workshop (1-Day): April 24, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1-day workshop attendance
    April 24, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is all about building dry stone steps. You will learn tips and techniques to build several types of stone steps. Layout, design, stone shaping, tool use, and methods for handling large stones will all be part of this workshop.


  • 3.40 Stringlines & Batter Frames Workshop (1 Day, Outdoor): April 24, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    April 24, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Proper set up and use of batter frames and string lines is a real challenge for many wallers. We continually hear from examiners that poor use of string lines is one of the biggest reasons that wallers fail certification tests. You will learn multiple ways to build frames and use string lines to improve the efficiency of your building process and quality of the walls you build. PREREQUISITE: This workshop is intended for wallers who have taken one or more prior workshops, are level 1 or higher certified, or have experience building stone walls.


  • 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.


  • 3.20 Flagging/Patio Workshop: (1-Day), June 25, 2022 (Nashville, TN)
    1 day workshop attendance
    June 24, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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.


  • 3.20 Flagging/Patio Workshop: (1-Day), July 09, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    1 day workshop attendance
    July 9, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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.


  • 3.10 Dry Stone Steps & Stairs Workshop (1-Day): July 10, 2022 (Mont Vernon NH)
    1-day workshop attendance
    July 10, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is all about building dry stone steps. You will learn tips and techniques to build several types of stone steps. Layout, design, stone shaping, tool use, and methods for handling large stones will all be part of this workshop.


  • 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.


  • 2.80 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.


  • 3.20 Flagging/Patio Workshop: (1-Day), October 22, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    1 day workshop attendance
    October 22, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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.


  • 3.10 Dry Stone Steps & Stairs Workshop (1-Day): October 23, 2022 (Mont Vernon NH)
    1-day workshop attendance
    October 23, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is all about building dry stone steps. You will learn tips and techniques to build several types of stone steps. Layout, design, stone shaping, tool use, and methods for handling large stones will all be part of this workshop.