2.20 Retaining wall workshop (7-18-2020)
1-day workshop attendance
July 18, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Please register by July 12, 2020.
Up to 16 participants.
Saturday, July 18, 2020
Required Prerequisite Course: any 1.00 level course, or 2.10, or 2.13
When building dry stone retaining walls the focus always needs to be on structure. This course adds to the basic principles in the prerequisite courses. Participants will learn how to maximize strength for a retaining wall while following the basic rules. Foundations, drainage, perforated pipe, filter fabric, geo-textiles and more are all discussed or demonstrated. This workshop is intended to give you the information to make wise decisions on your own projects. It is well suited for both homeowners and contractors.
Here in the North East, many of the walls people are building are retaining walls. While all the principals of a free standing wall apply there are additional rules and methods to follow when building retaining walls. The focus needs to be on a sound structure that will last for generations. The stone may be round field stone or flatter ledge stone. The rules and principals learned here can be applied to all retaining walls whether hand-built or built with large stones and equipment.
Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall (one side). These workshops are taught using round field stone stone. If you learn to build with round stone you can build with anything. Participants will learn all the basic rules of structural dry stone walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project.
Learn tips and techniques for structurally sound retaining walls.
Landscape Architects receive 7.5 credit hours for taking this workshop through the LA CES system.
* The photos above are from other training sites. This workshop will be held at The Stone Trust Center in Dummerston, VT. The wall worked on will be similar to those pictured, but not identical.
About The Instructors:
Venue: The Stone Trust Center
Venue Phone: (802) 952-8600
Venue Website: thestonetrust.orgAddress:
Located on Scott Farm, The Stone Trust Center is home to North America’s only indoor dry stone walling training and certification facility. Outside is the Master Feature Park with all the features that can be used in the Advanced and Master Craftsman tests. There is also a mini walling park where visitors can practice stacking small stones at table height.
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The Landmark Trust USA has 3 restored historic homes available as places to stay. The Sugarhouse sleeps 2, the Kipling Carriage House sleeps 4, and the Dutton Farm House sleeps 8 people. All of these places to stay are with in a mile and a half of the The Stone Trust Center. If coming with a group please check for availability.