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  • 1.20 Two-Day Workshop (Indoor) - Mar. 21 & 22, 2019 (Stoneyard)
    2-day workshop attendance
    March 21, 2019 - March 22, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

 Certified Instructors

Open to everyone.  $520

Thurs & Fri, March 21 & 22, 2019

Learn Dry Stone Walling at Stoneyard Inc. in Littleton MA!  This workshop intended for contractors with minimal to extensive experience working with stone and hardscape installation, but little formal training in dry stone walls (built with no mortar).

Workshop Details:

This hands on 2 day workshop will run 9:00am to 5:00pm both days (Thursday 3/21 and Friday 3/22, 2019).

The workshop will be held in a heated indoor space at:

Stoneyard Inc.
265 Foster St
Littleton, MA 01460

The workshop is intended for landscape and masonry contractors.  It will be a two day workshop in Stoneyard’s excellent heated indoor workshop.  The workshop will focus on the proper structural techniques for walling.  We will be primarily using a mix of the Boston Blend Wallstone sold by Stoneyard.   Over two days will build a fantastic wall in the indoor space.

The workshop will focus on teaching the structural principals that allow stone walls to last, techniques to improve speed and efficiency, and on carefully following guidelines to achieve an even finish.

Intended Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the structural rules of walling
  • Know techniques for increasing speed and efficiency
  • Know how to set up batter frames and lines and be able to follow them
  • Know techniques for shaping stones, and when to do so

The process of Dry Stone Certification will be discussed in this workshop, and the concepts needed to pass certification tests will be heavily emphasized.  After taking this workshop most participants should find themselves ready, or nearly ready, for Level 1 DSWA-GB Dry Stone Certification this spring.

Participants will also come away with a certificate of participation, take home reference materials, a t-shirt, and more.  The Stone Trust will also have an extensive supply of books, tools and more for sale on site.

Participants should where work clothes and boots (preferably with steel toes).  Bring gloves, eye protection, and several layers of clothes as the workshop space may be cool in the morning.  All tools needed are provided.  However if participants have tools they like to use or would like to learn to use better, they are welcome to bring them.  Participants are welcome to take notes, photos, video and audio clips during the workshop as well.

Pace and Flow of the Workshop:

Each participant will focus on working their own 5 to 6 foot long section of wall (one side) with another person building opposite them.  The more experienced participants will get to work on wall ends.  The finished wall is expected to be about 54″ tall.  Throughout both days short presentations, discussions, and demonstrations, will be interspersed within the hands-on building.

Thursday the 21st Morning:

  • Introduction
  • Sorting stones
  • Setting up batter frames and string lines
  • Foundations
  • Setting foundation stones

Thursday the 21st Afternoon:

  • Building the first lift
  • Proper hearting
  • Working to string lines
  • Stone shaping when needed

Friday the 22nd Morning:

  • Setting the throughstones
  • Beginning the 2nd lift
  • Additional stone shaping

Friday the 22 Afternoon:

  • Finishing 2nd Lift
  • Setting Copestones
  • Review of the wall and workshop

If you have ever wanted to learn about building dry stone walls, or improve your skills, this is the workshop for you.

*Please note if you encounter errors or problems while registering please email Brian Post or call (802) 952-8600, so we can correct the problem, and improve our registration process.

About The Instructors:

Ron Neil

Ron Neil has decades of experience in masonry from leading large crews on commercial buildings to small jobs. He now runs his own company and got involved with dry stone walling in 2016.

Brian Post

BRIAN POST, a Certified DSWA-GB Master Craftsman and Licensed Landscape Architect, started building walls at age 10…

Time lapse of a similar workshop:

Sample selection of Boston Blend Stone similar to what will be used for the workshop
Completed workshop wall from a similar workshop

Landscape Architects receive 15 credit hours for taking this workshop through the LA CES system.

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Venue Website:

265 Foster Street, Littleton, Massachusetts, 01460, United States


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For over 30 years Stoneyard® has been delivering the traditional building stone of New England to a nationwide audience. Our showroom is open Monday to Friday and we invite architects, masons, installers, homeowners and project managers to evaluate our products online at

Stoneyard® specializes in reclaimed New England stone, a LEED certified architectural building material. Products are cut from a blend of weathered, aged, and quarried real stone, in our facility in Littleton, Massachusetts. Each of the 9 unique color lines feature the earth tones of states such as Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.