ExpiredOne-Day Stone Shaping, String-lines and Batter-frames Workshop

  • Stone Shaping, String-lines and Batter-frames Workshop
    April 23, 2016
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Workshop Level: 2&3.   Up to 14 participants with lead instructor Brian Post. This workshop is open to those who have taken at least one previous Level 1 workshop, and those who have dry stone walling experience . $290  

This workshop will spend ½ 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 portion 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.  Stone types worked will likely include, granite, slate, local quarried schist,  gneiss ‘field stone’ and more.  Participants are encouaged to bring samples of their local stone to practice shaping, as well as any tools they would like to learn how to better use.

Proper set-up and use of batter-frames and string-lines is a real challenge for many wallers. You will learn multiple ways to build and set up frames that are sturdy and functional for walls and features. A combination of presentations, discussions and hand-on setting up of different types of frames will be used.

While lots of stone and other materials will be handled as part of this workshop, this workshop will not be 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 batter frames to a much greater level of detail than workshops that focus on wall building.

Lead instructor Brian Post is a DSWA-GB Certified Advanced Level Waller, DSWA Certified Instructor, Licensed Landscape Architect, Owner of Standing Stone Landscape Architecture and the Executive Director of The Stone Trust.  He has taught numerous workshops at The Stone Trust and elsewhere. Brian has been walling for over 2 decades and spent 4 months in England and Wales working under, and learning from Master Craftsmen.

Licensed Landscape Architects can receive 7.5 LA CES credits for participating in this workshop.

Click here for more information about Level 2 workshops.

Click here for more information about Level 3 workshops.

*Please note we are using a new online registrations system starting 11/24/15.  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.


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.

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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.