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After an Intro consider a Cheek Ends workshop

After whetting their appetites for building with stone, people also wonder what comes next. As wallers say, every wall comes to an end, a cheek end! Why not apply what you’ve learned in an intro workshop while learning to build a wall end? For other options, why not peruse our Curriculum in Dry Stone? Anyone…

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Master Class: Asfontylitis: A Cycladic settlement in dry-stone on the island of Amorgos and the development of alternative forms of tourism

In Amorgos, the easternmost island of the Cyclades, on a crest at 262 metres above sea level, to the north-east of Hora and to the south-west of Aegiali, lies Asfontylitisi, a settlement used only at intervals, wholly built in dry stone (Fig.1). One could say that Asfontylitis is not really a settlement but rather a…

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Master Class: Investigation of bulging, bursting and toppling in dry-stone retaining walls

There are estimated to be 9000 km of dry-stone retaining structures in the UK lining the road and rail network[1], mostly dating to the 19th and 20th centuries. Though poorly constructed walls presumably collapsed shortly after their construction, the majority of walls have remained perfectly stable over decades of usually steadily increasing loading and weathering…

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