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Events & Items of Interest, September 17, 2021

On September 8, Board President Dan Peterson presented a webinar, Designing for Dry Stone Walling in the Landscape, to the Ecological Landscape Association. Fifty people tuned in and over 100 signed up to view after the broadcast. You can view Dan’s presentation, Focus on Sustainability, on YouTube. Of specialist interest: habitat creation, microclimates, and water…

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Everyone Feels Ready! Test Prep Workshop: Sept. 11, 2021 (VT)

Four people came to Saturday’s Test Prep workshop, taught by Jamie Masefield,  to be sure they are ready to pass the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain Level 1 Initial Waller certification test, coming up next week. This group includes those who engaged in their first walling workshop in 2021 and have been “bitten by…

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Splitting, dressing, bending and more…

“Stones are strong in compression, but weak in tension,” writes Brian Post, DSWA Master Craftsman, in this very informative article on stone shaping which appeared in the Dec/Jan issue of Mother Earth News magazine. In the Basic Techniques for Shaping Stone article, Brian starts by explaining the difference between level bedded and irregular stone. He…

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Beautiful Days for the Intro Workshops! September 11 & 12, 2021 (VT)

“Best darn workshop–beautiful and learned a ton!” Two beautiful late summer days brought two happy groups of people to the Stone Trust Center in Dummerston, Vermont to learn the five basic rules of dry stone walling. Given the weather and the prevalence of the Delta Variant, we chose to teach outside on the social-distance walls…

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