- Bridge Stone Shaping (2 of 3) 6/17/18
June 17, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Up to 12 participants with certified instructors. Open to those who have taken at least one walling workshop (or are certified Level 1 or higher)
This workshop will spend the day learning how to shape stones for use in an arched bridge. Spcifically making the voussoirs (tapered stones forming the arch). Both hand and power tools will likely be demonstrated and used.
This stone shaping workshop will focus on making the stones needed for the bridge build in September. However, these techniques can be applied to all kinds of stone shaping and walling. The assumption is that participants taking this workshop already know at least the basics of dry stone walling. This workshop will delve into stone shaping and to a much greater level of detail than workshops that focus on wall building.
Participants will start with raw quarry material and shape all of the components to the bridge. Attendees will get instruction and practice in breaking and splitting large stone, chisel and hammer techniques for refined shaping, and the use of power saws to accelerate difficult shaping tasks. At the end, you will have built voussoirs, builders, and copes. You will be comfortable using hammer and chisels, and you will have developed an eye for matching stone to purpose. There are three of these workshops. Attend one to achieve familiarity with the components of a bridge and the techniques used to shape them. Attend all three to more fully develop competency and be ready to take on your own project from bulk quarried stone.
Required Prerequisite Courses:
- One day walling workshop, or 2 day walling workshop, or hold DSWA-GB certification (any level).
Register for just this workshop, or take it as part of the bridge building workshop package deal that includes this workshop and all of the following: stone shaping workshop, small arch workshop, bridge site prep workshop, the stone bridge tour, and the bridge building workshop! Signing up for the set saves you $250 off the list price of taking all 5 workshop in the set independently.
Note there are 3 bridge stone shaping workshops. They are all the same, and the bridge workshop set includes just one. However if you would like to do additional bridge stone shaping workshops you can do that by signing up for those separately.
This workshop is intended for those wallers looking to take their stone work to the next level.
*Please note if you encounter errors or problems while registering please email Brian Post or call (802) 490-9607, so we can correct the problem, and improve our registration process.
About The Instructors:
BRIAN POST owns and operates Standing Stone Landscape Architecture, a design build firm specializing in dry stone construction, in Springfield, VT. Brian is the only certified waller who is also a Licensed Landscape Architect. Having knowledge from both the design world and the walling world gives Brian unique insights when teaching. Brian is one of eight DSWA-GB certified Master Craftsmen (Level IV) in the USA, and is also a certified instructor. Brian is also the Executive Director of The Stone Trust.
Work on rebuilding historic walls and adding new stone features to this historic Southern NH Property. This is the site of the 2017 bridge build. Field stone from the property and quarried ledge stone are both used on this site for training.