ExpiredPostponed: 5.20 Feature Build Workshop (2 Day, Outdoor): May 2-3, 2020 (Dummerston, VT)

  • Two Day Workshop: Feature Build (5-2 & 5-3-2020)
    April 1, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This course is being rescheduled.


Certified Instructors.

Up to 16 participants.

See below for prerequisites for this course.
This workshop is for those with prior experience.

Sat. and Sun., May 2 & 3, 2020

Looking for more information and hands on experience building arches, stiles, corners and more? Our most advanced workshop of 2020 is for you! Instructors guide participants through the building of several features relatively common in modern landscaping and also included in the DSWA-GB Master Craftsman test.

As part of this workshop we will be building several arches, a square corner, and a squeeze stile.  We’ll introduce you to the concepts and techniques for constructing each feature. Working in pairs, you may choose to focus on the feature you prefer.

Over the course of two days, participants strip down an existing feature and/or a section of wall. With instructor guidance on structurally sound building, students will add an arch, a squeeze stile, or a corner. We build with a mix of stone, predominately level-bedded ledge stone with a mix of rounded glacial till and some granite.

Learn to build structurally sound and attractive features that comprise part of the DSWA-GB Master Craftsman test. Two-day course length limits our ability to build the features entirely at a passing level of fit and finish.  We will, however, discuss the requirements for the features of a test piece in detail.

This makes this a great workshop for anyone thinking about becoming a Master Craftsman.

This workshop follows the typical two-day format.  It runs 9:00 am to 5:00 pm each day with a 1/2 hour lunch break.

This workshop is only for those with previous workshop or Certification experience.  If you have questions about your qualification please get in touch.

The minimum prerequisite course(s) is ONE or more of the following:

  • 2.10 Historic Wall Rebuild
  • 1.20 2-day Introductory AND 2.50 Intro to stone shaping
  • 2.40 2-day cheek rebuild workshop
  • 2.90 Level 1 (or higher) DSWA-GB Certification
Arches built by workshop participants
Building a corner takes a lot of stringlines and planning ahead!

If you have ever wanted to try your hand at an advanced feature this is the workshop for you!

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.

Check out The Stone Wall Park at The Stone Trust, where this workshop will take place:

Master Feature: Dry Stone Squeeze Stile
Squeeze Stile built by workshop participants

Landscape Architects receive 15 credit hours for taking this workshop through the LA CES system.

About the Instructors:

Peter Isherwood, DSWA-GB Master Craftsman from England, will be joining us as a instructor!

Chris Tanguay

CHRIS TANGUAY is a dual certified Master Craftsman through the Dry Walling Association (DSWA) of Great Britain and the Dry Stone Conservancy.

Brian Post

BRIAN POST, a Certified DSWA-GB Master Craftsman and Licensed Landscape Architect, started building walls at age 10…


Venue Phone: (802) 952-8600

Venue Website:

707 Kipling Rd, Dummerston, Vermont, 05301, United States


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.

Click for Directions and Transportation information.

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.