Upcoming2.22 Retaining Wall Workshop (2 Day): October 1 & 2, 2022 (South Fork, PA)

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  • 2.22 Retaining Wall Workshop (2 Day, Outdoor): October 1 & 2, 2022, (South Fork, PA)
    1-day workshop attendance
    October 1, 2022 - October 2, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Workshop registration closes September 18, 2022.

Certified instructors.

Up to 3 participants.

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 Northeast, many of the walls people build are retaining walls. While all the principles 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. In our workshops, we build with round field stone or flatter ledge stone. The rules and principles 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. Participants will practice 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.

Finishing up a retaining wall

Landscape Architects receive 7.5 credit hours for taking this workshop through the LA CES system.

* The photos above are from other training sites.  The wall worked on will be similar to those pictured, but not identical.

If needed, detailed directions for registering online are here.

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

About the Instructors: Jerry Coggin and Kim Coggin


459 Mt. Hope Road, South Fork, Pennsylvania, 15956, United States


About the Laurel Stoneworks, South Fork, PA Workshop Site

Located near Johnstown, PA come learn the basics of dry stone walling with instructors Kim & Jerry Coggin at Laurel Stoneworks in South Central Pennsylvania.

Laurel Stoneworks, South Fork, PA Workshop Area
Laurel Stoneworks, South Fork, PA Site Area

Lodging & Dining

For information about lodging and dining please see this resource.

Local Attractions

Also this is a “must see”, make plans to visit the Eliza Furnace built in 1846. Only 40 minutes away. She is one of the few Hot Blast Furnaces that was dry stone built and still standing. .

Eliza Blast Furnace Near South Fork, PA Workshop Site