- Two Day Scottish and Irish Wall Workshop
May 14, 2016 - May 15, 2016
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Workshop Level: 2. Up to 16 participants with instructors Dean McLellan and Nick Aitken. This workshop is intended for wallers who have taken at least 2 workshops, or have substantial experience. $390
This workshop will build two sections of wall one in the Scottish ‘Galloway’ Style and one in the Irish ‘Family’ wall style. Galloway walls feature a single stack of large stones on top of a double stack of small stones. While it may seem counter intuitive it is very strong and fast to build. Galloway walls are very applicable when there is a wide variety of stone sizes to build with and a lot large stones. Many of the historic pasture walls in Northern New England were Galloway or Single Stack walls. This workshop will give you an opportunity learn this type of walling. If you do work rebuilding historic field walls this is workshop you won’t want to miss.
Irish Family walling is a style that involve a mix of vertically and horizontally placed stones in a variety of sizes to create a distinctive pattern with stones referred to as “children, mothers, fathers” based on their size and location in the wall, suggesting who might have placed them. This type of wall is common in the Aran Islands and places in Western Ireland, but little known elsewhere. Traditionally built with the limestone of that region which is roughly level bedded, we will be adding our own twist to this style of wall, using a mix of our locally available round glacial till and level headed schist.
When taking this workshop select a ticket for either the Galloway or the Family wall. You will be working both days on the style of wall you choose, however the sections of wall are right next to each other so you will get to learn about both.
This workshop is intended for those who have taken a workshop or worked with a Certified Waller and are familiar with building typical double stack walls. If you don’t have that experience yet, sign up for one of our other workshops earlier in the spring too. That way you will be ready for this one.
Teaching the workshop will be Certified Master Craftsman and Instructors Nick Aitken from Kingussie, Scotland and Dean McLellan from Ontario, Canada.
Nick Aitken is an internationally known and respected dry stone waller. He has an incredible resume with both dry stone walls and historic mortar work. He regularly instructs and examines internationally.
Dean McLellan is the only dry stone Certified Master Craftsman in Canada. A fantastic waller and instructor, he is a tireless supporter of dry stone walling and hosts a dry stone walling festival every summer.
Don’t miss your opportunity to learn from these two world class instructors,
and expand your repertoire for building styles with this workshop.
*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: The Stone Trust Center
Venue Phone: (802) 952-8600
Venue Website: thestonetrust.orgAddress:
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.