- 2.10 Wall Rebuild 2-day, Springfield VT (6/12-13/23019)
June 12, 2019 - June 13, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- 2-Day course attendance
This special 2.10 Historic Dry Stone Wall Rebuild Workshop is being hosted in conjunction with the Preservation Education Institute/Historic Windsor Inc. This workshop will be offered in the two day format as specifically formatted for contractors in historic preservation, landscaping, and masonry. We know that contractor’s time is valuable so this normally 3 day long course is being offered in a two day format. It will cover most of the same material as the 3-day version at a bit faster pace. Some of the stone shaping and site preparation work will be offered in a more brief format. A discussion of how to go about assessing historic dry stone work will be a special addition.
For both introductory and experienced wallers.
This workshop is best suited to contractors and those with building, masonry, or construction background. No experience in dry stone work is required and there are no prerequisite courses. Less experianced participants will be working on a straight section of wall. Experienced stone workers or those that have taken one or more workshops will work at a section that includes building a wall end (cheek end).
For those without a contracting/construction background we recommend the standard 3-day version of the course offered June 14 to 16.
Historic Rebuild Workshop Time Lapse Video:
This dry stone walling workshop will teach how to go about rebuilding a historic dry stone wall. The workshop will run from 9 – 5 each day, with a break for lunch at noon. The instructors will use a variety of visual teaching aids, discussion, and hands-on demonstrations.
The workshop will begin with the finishing the needed preparation for building a wall. Participants will be lead through preparing the foundation; sorting the stone for maximum benefit; and shaping and splitting stones into useful sizes and shapes; and learning how to set up batter frames. Participants will be learn from and work along side the instructors.
Over the two days, learning how to make the best use of the available stone will be a key part of this workshop. Participants will be guided through setting foundation stones, working with guide strings, building the first lift, placing through stones, building the 2nd lift, and and setting cope stones.
Each participant will have their own area of wall to work on from start to finish with instructors actively helping along the way. Workshop participants typically each build about 35 sq ft in a fun supportive environment. Some stone shaping will be done as a part of this workshop, but the emphasis will be on building with the stones you have. In addition to typical double stack walls, participants may also build using the galloway and single stack methods as appropriate to the stone at hand.
The Site and Stone:
Set on a 200 acre property of field and forest, this is a fantastic location to learn the craft of dry stone walling. The property includes active farm fields, actively managed forestland, trails, a beaver pond and wetland, and even a waterfall. There are fantastic views in nearly every direction. A truly beautiful Vermont landscape. Actively farmed for over 200 years this property is near the heart of the historic village of Eureka (now gone), which was the first village within the town of Springfield. The site features 1000’s of feet of historic dry stone wall that will begin to be repaired in workshops.
The stone used for the walls is what was gathered right out of the fields. It is a mixture of the local metamorphic ledge along other types brought in by the glaciers long ago. There is a nice mix of shapes from round to irregular with occasional flat ones as well. It is very typical of the stone found throughout much of New England. This workshop will be based in the real world. How to work with the stone you have in the best way possible is a primary focus.
Learning objectives for this workshop:
- How to build a stone wall using a mix of typical field stone
- How to use guide strings for an even finish
- How to build build efficiently
- Know how to build all parts of a standard wall
- Know the basic rules of walling
- Know how to assess good and bad walls
- How to do some basic shaping of stones
About the instructors:
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Set on a 200 acre property of field and forest, this is a fantastic location to learn the craft of dry stone walling. The property includes active farm fields, actively managed forestland, trails, a beaver pond and wetland, and even a waterfall. There are fantastic views in nearly every direction. I truly beautiful Vermont landscape. Actively farmed for over 200 years this property is near the heart of the historic village of Eureka (now gone), which was the first village within the town of Springfield. The site features 1000’s of feet of historic dry stone wall that will begin to be repaired in workshops.