- 2.60 Contractors Intensive: (5-Day): May 9 - 13, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
May 9, 2022 - May 13, 2022
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
- 5-day workshop
REGISTRATION DEADLINE is April 3, 2022!
DSWA Certified Instructors.
Up to 12 participants.
5-Day workshop: Mon – Fri
May 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13, 2022
This workshop includes 4 days of training and the
Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB) Level I (Initial) certification test on the final day.
This workshop is perfect for the landscape or masonry contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work, and gain DSWA-GB Certification.
This 5 day course will take place as follows:
Monday and Tuesday: These two days will be much like a 1.20 walling course. The existing training wall will be lengthened, so on Monday part of the existing wall will be stripped out, and additional stone will be sorted in preparation for building a longer wall. The most experienced participants will rebuild the wall end while the rest will focus on sections of straight wall. Each person will work on their own section of wall. Learning the proper techniques for sound and durable construction, as well as for efficient building. By the end of Tuesday the wall be complete, and should be built to a quality that will exceed passing marks for a Level 1 certification.
Wednesday will be a “test-prep” day where participants will practice the Level 1 (Initial) Dry Stone Wall Certification Test (equivalent to course 2.80). Each participant will take down and rebuild both sides of a wall section. Participants will be able to ask questions and receive assistance throughout the day, while experiencing the pace and workflow required in the test.
Thursday will focus on stone shaping and discussions related to professional dry stone walling. This will allow a bit of a rest day between the strenuous practice and test. Participants will get to learn some additional methods of shaping stone, and discussions about foundations, site prep, retaining walls, building features and more. Highlights from course 2.50 and many others will be included. Pricing and estimating will also be discussed.
Friday will be the DSWA-GB Certification Test Day, where participants will be able to put all their newly gained knowledge to work (equivalent to course 2.90). Participants will each take down and rebuild a 27sq ft (both sides would equal 54 face sq ft) section of wall, while being watched by a DSWA-GB Examiner. The examiner will not be in instructor for the prior days of the course. Each section of wall will be graded and marks given at the end of the day. While there is no guarantee of passing the test, this course is specifically geared to prepare each participant with the information and skills needed to pass.
Participants are expected to attend all days of the workshop.
All instructors are DSWA-GB certified Instructors.
Equivalent to a combination of courses 1.20, 2.8, and 2.9 plus much more!
The workshop will run 9:00am-5:00pm with 1/2 hour lunch break each day. The final day (testing) will run until 6:00pm. This workshop is open to everyone, but the intended audience is landscape and masonry contractors. Participants should be comfortable moving and lifting stones multiple days in a row.
Detailed info will be emailed to you once you register including what to bring and directions. All tools needed are provided. Wear work clothes and boots, bring gloves, safety glasses, water, and lunch.
All photos are from 2019 when the workshop was held at Stoneyard.
If needed, detailed directions for registering online are here.
*Please note if you encounter errors or problems while registering please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (802) 952-8600, so we can correct the problem, and improve our registration process.
Videos from a previous workshop at Stoneyard
Landscape Architects receive 37.5 credit hours for taking this workshop through the LA CES system.
About The Instructors: TBD
About Broadview Farm
Broadview Farm in Mont Vernon NH hosts Stone Trust walling workshops throughout the year. Located nearby to services and recreation, the training site is located amidst fields and woodland in historic Mont Vernon.
The site includes multiple training walls that are periodically rebuilt in workshops as well as a number of dry stone features that are more permanent. Two free-standing training walls host multiple types of workshops. Quarried Stone from Alstead NH comprises the 40’ all while local NH fieldstone comprises the 65’ long training wall. A workshop fieldstone retaining wall was added in 2018 as well.
A number of feature builds are more permanent at the site.
- Arched bridge
- Tall garden wall
- Bee Keep (construction in process)
- Curved Walls (Level 3 feature builds)
Additional elements being added in anticipation of 2021 workshops include 4 sets of steps/stairs and 12 flagging stations.
Broadview Farm is located at 2 Lamson Road in Mont Vernon NH. From the general store in the center of Mont Vernon proceed north on Rt 13 one mile. Turn left on Lamson Road and proceed 200′. Follow signs left into the field access road.
Manchester Airport (MHT) is approximately 30 Minutes from the training site.
There are many national hotel chains in Merrimack, Manchester, and Nashua. The Merrimack hotels are 25 minutes from BVF, while others are approximately 30 minutes away. Both Manchester and Nashua have a wide variety of dining and entertainment options.
An upscale option is the Bedford Village Inn in Bedford NH.
- Forgot you lunch? Mont Vernon General Store is one mile away and makes great sandwiches
- New Boston (8 minutes)
- Molly’s Tavern & Restaurant (pub fare / American)
- Milford NH (12 minutes)
- Peterborough (30 minutes)
- Merrimack (25 minutes)
- Amherst (15 minutes)
- Historic stone arch bridges in Hillsborough NH and surrounding area
- Shopping at Merrimack Outlet Mall or Mall of NH in Manchester
- Lamson Farm outdoor recreation area. This 250 acre historic town owned farm is a half mile from BVF.