Expired2.10 Historic Wall Rebuild (3 Day, Outdoor) – June 14-16, 2019 (Springfield, VT)

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  • 2.10 Wall Rebuild, Springfield VT
    3-Day course attendance
    June 14, 2019 - June 16, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Open to everyone. Up to 8 participants.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 14, 15 & 16, 2019 – $545

Two Day Option – Sat & Sun June 15 & 16 only – $475

The Stone Trust is offering this workshop at our Springfield, VT training site. Learn the art and craft of Dry Stone Walling on Historic Vermont Field Walls.  (The entire workshop is at the Springfield site at 459 Eureka Rd, Springfield, VT.  Don’t go to to Dummerston by mistake.)

Workshop in progress
Almost done!

The Site and Stone:

Set on a 200 acre property of field and forest, this is a fantastic location to learn the craft of dry stone walling. The property includes active farm fields, actively managed forestland, trails, a beaver pond and wetland, and even a waterfall. There are fantastic views in nearly every direction. A truly beautiful Vermont landscape. Actively farmed for over 200 years this property is near the heart of the historic village of Eureka (now gone), which was the first village within the town of Springfield. The site features 1000’s of feet of historic dry stone wall that will begin to be repaired in workshops.

The stone used for the walls is what was gathered right out of the fields. It is a mixture of the local metamorphic ledge along other types brought in by the glaciers long ago. There is a nice mix of shapes from round to irregular with occasional flat ones as well. It is very typical of the stone found throughout much of New England. This workshop will be based in the real world. How to work with the stone you have in the best way possible is a primary focus.

For both introductory and experienced wallers.

This workshop is suitable for everyone. No experience is required and there are no prerequisites. Introductory participants will be working on a straight section of wall. Experienced stone workers or those that have taken one or more workshops will work at a section that includes building a wall end (cheek end).

Workshop Format:

This dry stone walling workshop will teach how to go about rebuilding a historic dry stone wall. The workshop will run from 9 – 5 each day, with a break for lunch at noon. The instructors will use a variety of visual teaching aids, discussion, and hands-on demonstrations.

Friday will focus on the needed preparation for building a wall. Participants will be lead through discussions of sourcing and selection stone to use, and preparing the foundation. Sorting the stone for maximum benefit, and shaping and splitting stones into useful sizes and shapes, and learning how to set up batter frames.  Participants will be learn from and work along side the instructors.

Knowing how to efficiently build sturdy batter frames and understanding how to use string lines are two of the trickiest aspects for many dry stone wallers. This will be discussed in detail. There will likely be some very large stones to deal with and methods of moving them and braking them down will be shown and used. Some other shaping will also likely be demonstrated and taught to facilitate making the best use of the material.

Saturday and Sunday will focus on building the wall.  Learning how to make the best use of the available stone will be a key part of this workshop. Participants will be guided through setting foundation stones, working with guide strings, building the first lift, placing through stones, building the 2nd lift, and and setting cope stones.

Each participant will have their own area of wall to work on from start to finish with instructors actively helping along the way. Workshop participants typically each build about 35 sq ft in a fun supportive environment. Some stone shaping will be done as a part of this workshop, but the emphasis will be on building with the stones you have.  In addition to typical double stack walls, participants may also build using the galloway and single stack methods as appropriate to the stone at hand.

Images from Friday – Site Prep Day

Images from Sat & Sun – Walling Day

Workshop with completed wall

Learning objectives for this workshop:

  • How to assess an old field wall for rebuilding methods
  • How to set up a site for efficient dry stone walling
  • How to build and set up batter frames and string lines
  • How to prepare a sturdy foundation for dry stone walls
  • How to efficiently sort and lay out stone to speed up the building process
  • How to build a stone wall using a mix of typical field stone
  • How to use guide strings for an even finish
  • How to build build efficiently
  • Know how to build all parts of a standard wall
  • Know the basic rules of walling
  • Know how to assess good and bad walls
  • How to do some basic shaping of stones

About the instructors:

Brian Post

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

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laces-vertical-yellowLicensed Landscape Architects can receive 22.5 LA CES credit hours for attending this 3 day workshop! These workshops make a great break from the office and you will come away with an incredible knowledge base about dry stone walls that can be applied directly to your projects!

Beautiful Vermont Farm Land at the Workshop Site
This workshop will take place at the far end (where it looks like a rock pile) of this wall built by the previous workshop.