- Stone Shaping 4/29/18
April 29, 2018
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Up to 16 participants with lead certified instructor Brian Post.
Recommended Prerequisite Courses: Attendees to this workshop should previously have taken at least ONE of the following:
1 day walling workshop, 2 day walling workshop, experience working with a certified waller, extensive DSWA style walling experience.
This workshop will spend the day learning about how to shape stones for use in dry stone walls. Participants will be introduced to a variety of stone types, and how to work with them. Both hand and power tools will be demonstrated and used.
The stone shaping will focus on efficient practices, learning how to look at a stone and judge how to shape it, as well as proper use and care of tools. Typical types of stone will likely include, granite, slate, local quarried schist, a mix ‘field stone,’ ‘glacial till,’ and more. Participants are encouraged to bring samples of their local stone to practice shaping, as well as any tools they would like to learn how to better use.
While lots of stone and other materials will be handled as part of this workshop, this workshop will not focus on building a wall. 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.
This workshop is intended for those wallers looking to take their stone work to the next level.
See one of the techniques taught in this workshop:
Landscape Architects receive 7.5 credit hours for taking this workshop through the LA CES system.
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 six 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.
Venue Phone: (802) 490-9607Address:
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. I 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.