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3.30 Cheek End Intensive Workshop

3.30 Cheek End Intensive Workshop Overview

So you are a professional waller getting ready to test for Dry Stone Walling Association Level 2 Waller Certification, globally recognized as the professional standard. You want to understand the scoring criteria and assure that you are ready to pass the test. It is a demanding test with substantially higher expectations for fit and finish. Attend this four-day course to see how you measure up against the scoring criteria. Determine the aspects of building a cheek end that you personally need to focus on to successfully test.

Workshop Objective:

To reinforce and build on the basic principles and techniques of dry stone walling and provide a good environment for expanding skills.

Learning Outcomes:

  • You can state the criteria to achieve a passing Level 2 test stint.
  • You can describe your attempt at a passing quality build.
  • You can focus your test preparation, having benchmarked your walling skills and speed.
  • You can create the needed stones for a cheek end when they are not available, having advanced your stone shaping skills.

Many wallers fail the Level 2 certification test at least once. You may underestimate the skill level needed to pass. The Cheek End Intensive workshop helps you:

  • Understand what is necessary to achieve a passing Level 2 test stint
  • Understand and experience a passing quality build
  • Benchmark your walling skills and speed so that you know how to focus your test preparation

Over the course of three-days, you build a high-quality cheek end. During the build, you develop the necessary skills to build to the standard. On day four, you execute a 7-hour timed build on a different cheek end. The mock test reinforces lessons learned and lets you benchmark speed and quality. Throughout the workshop, you receive feedback on your process and the quality of your work.

Come learn from certified waller-teachers, most of whom earn their livelihoods as dry stone walling professionals. All Stone Trust instructors have achieved DSWA Level 2 Waller Certification, globally recognized as the professional standard. As Stone Trust-DSWA-certified instructors, all belong to a learning community that seeks to ensure that every one of you learns what you came for and that you enjoy the process. With a student : instructor ratio of 4 : 1, during a Cheek End Intensive you can count on plenty of direct interaction with your teachers.

Sample Workshop Agenda:

Day 1

  • Orientation
  • Site Preparation
  • Batter Frames & Stringlines
  • Material Preparation
    • Sorting and Site Layout
  • Shaping
    • Each student cut and trim two through stones
    • Each student cut cheek stones
    • Select and shape stones for coping

Day 2

  • Build
    • Foundations
    • First Lift
    • Throughs (2 hours)

Day 3

  • Rework where necessary
  • Build Second Lift
  • Copes
  • Review and grade

Day 4

  • Test Practice
  • Strip out and rebuild test stints (7 hours)
  • Review and Grade
  • Identify specific focus areas for each student prior to formal testing.
  • Identify mentors.

Critical Information:


  • Prior to taking this workshop you should have taken an introductory workshop, and the cheek rebuild workshop.
  • This course requires that you complete four consecutive days of strenuous physical activity. Please talk with a TST staff member if you are concerned about your ability to complete this.
  • Wear appropriate clothing for the time and place. You must wear close-toed work shoes and safety glasses. Gloves are recommended. Ear and breathing protection will be available for portions of the workshop where these are necessary. If you have personal devices that you prefer, that is fine.
  • Bring you own lunch and refreshments. Water is provided.
  • The workshop will run each day 9:00am-5:00pm with 1/2 hour lunch break.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring and use their own tools.  Additional 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 30 LA CES credits for participating in this workshop.

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