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Applying the 5 Basics to retaining walls on a hot July day in New Hampshire

All of you people with projects brought experience to this retaining wall workshop. Collectively, you’ve taught yourselves how to build freestanding walls, to shape stone, and to do flat work. And you left the workshop feeling very confident that you can apply the five basics of dry stone walling to a retaining wall. Good!

It looks like some of you could use some support in setting stringlines and batter frames. You may want to view Brian Post’s video Good batter frames keep a complex project on track.

Some of you also have questions about drainage. Professional waller-instructors have a lot of opinions about this topic. We hope to produce a white paper to address the range. In the meantime, this link takes you to various publications of the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA); the Stone Trust provides access to and administers the DSWA’s certifications. Please also review Brian’s article from the 2021 issue of Hearting: The Annual Journal of the Stone Trust. You’ll find a link to digital version in your thank-you note, as a convenience to supplement the handout you took home.

We heard that the day required shade and plenty of water. Thanks for making us aware. We’re on it!

And thank you, too, for making the trip from near and from farther. We appreciate the effort you made to add to your knowledge about the art and craft of dry stone walling.

Many thanks, too, to instructors Jamie Masefield and Victoria Merriman for traveling to the Stone Trust @ Broadview Farm to share their expertise!