Custom Workshops for Organizations, Schools, and Stone Suppliers

We work with a wide variety of companies and organizations to provide custom workshops for their customers, members, or students.  This type of custom workshop usually is based on our 1.20 Two-Day Introductory Workshop, but can be based on many of our courses, or customized to your needs.  We take a cooperative partnering approach to working with other organizations to provide an excellent workshop experience for the participants.

Key Information:

  • For most walling workshops 1 instructor can teach up to 8 participants.
  • Workshops hosted at a Stone Trust Training Site cost $1375 per instructor, per day.
  • Workshops hosted at your site cost $1800 per instructor, per day.  Additional travel travel and set up charges may also apply
  • The Stone Trust can handle participant registration and payments
  • The Stone Trust can assist with promotion of the workshop, and market it to our list

Workshops at Your Location:

Have our instructors come to you!  This has the advantage of your customers, members, or students learning with the stone they would normally work with, and it greatly reduces their travel time and expenses.  Most of the custom workshops we do in partnership with another organization are at their location.  Such workshops most often result in a nice section of wall that can enhance your property, and be used to promote your organization, business, or stone, and future workshops.

To host a workshop you will need a suitable site and stone to work with.  The site suitability check list below is a good place to start if you are thinking about hosting a workshop.  For workshops where participants are paying to attend it is important that the workshop site is well set up for a good learning experience.

When we come to your site we bring all the tools and supplies you would find at one of our primary locations.  Participants will go home with a packet of information, a certificate of completion, and a Stone Trust t-shirt.  We also bring tents for rain or shade, visual teaching aids, tools for workshop participants to use, and retail sales of tools and books.

Workshops Promotion:

Depending on the custom workshop agreement, the workshop can be open only to your members or contacts, or open to the public.  In either case, The Stone Trust can handle the participant registrations and fee collection.  If the workshop is open to the public, The Stone Trust can also promote it to our list and on our website, provided the participant fee is similar to our other offerings.

The Stone Trust will also provide you with text copy and images for your use in promoting the workshop.  We also will introduce your organization to our list as you do for The Stone Trust to your list.

Workshops at a The Stone Trust site:

If you choose to bring your group to one of our training sites they will get to see a wide range of dry stone walls and features.  They will get to experience learning in a well set up workshop environment, and depending on the site, get to work with a range of stone types.  For early spring or late fall workshops can even be held in our indoor training center.

Workshops hosted at our training sites are typically 1 or 2 days.  Any of our standard course curriculum can be taught (see course catalog), from introductory walling to flagging/patios, steps, retaining walls, stone shaping and more. Curriculum can be modified and combined so your employees can get the most out of the training experience.  One advantage of doing a custom workshop at one of our sites is that we can do a 1-day curriculum (workshops at other locations generally need to be 2 or more days).

Our training sites are in Dummerston VT, Mont Vernon NH, and Springfield VT.

Site Suitability Check List:

Stone (for all sites):

  • Are the majority of the stones of a size that can be lifted by a person?  (The majority of the stones should weigh under 50lbs, with many 10-20lb stones).
  • Is there a suitable volume of stone?  (2 tons per workshop participant minimum)
  • Is there a suitable volume of all sizes needed (foundation stones, hearting, building stone, through stones and copes)?  The Stone Trust can advise on this.

For all Outdoor workshop sites (rebuilding an old wall and new walls)

  • Is there a minimum of 12′ clear space either side of the wall that is relatively flat, and has few obstructions (trees etc).
  • Is there any machinery on site for moving stone? (skid steer, tractor, loader, etc) It is helpful if there is.
  • Is there any poison ivy (or similar) on site?  Workshop sites need to be completely free of poison ivy.
  • Is there loud traffic or other noise?  There should not be noise that keeps workshop participants from hearing the instructors.
  • Is the wall close to a busy road? Workshop sites should not be where a car going off the road could hit participants?

For sites rebuilding an existing wall:

  • Is the wall free standing?  Retaining walls are usually only good for advanced workshops.
  • Is the wall straight?  Curved walls are only for advanced workshops.
  • Is the wall a double stack wall (separate stones on each side)?  Single stack walls, and other variations are generally not good for workshops.
  • Is the wall on level ground?  The workshop site should not be on slopes over 5% or so.
  • Is there any brush or debris that needs to be cleared?  Workshop sites should be ready for the stonework to begin.
  • Is a finished height of 42″ to 66″ suitable for the site?  That is the reasonable height range for a workshop wall.
  • Is there enough stone in the existing wall, or a plan for getting additional needed stone?

Hospitality Requirements:

  • Bathroom (portable toilet suffices)
  • Parking
  • On site electricity, potable water, and seating or a classroom space are nice bonuses, but not requirements.

Indoor Training Sites:

  • A minimum open space of 26′ x 44′ for an 8 participant workshop.  2x that for a 16 participant workshop.
  • Easy garage door access for stone to brought in
  • Heated for winter use
  • Good lighting
  • A floor that can support the weight.   A gravel floor is ideal.  A concrete floor will work.