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UpcomingWalling Day at the Vermont Granite Museum – Barre VT

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Walling Day: Barre VT 10/6/2018show details + $100.00 (USD)  

  • Walling Day: Barre VT 10/6/2018
    October 6, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Certified Instructors
Brian Post, Jordan Keyes & Alex Hoffmeier.

Open to everyone! Up to 20 participants.  $100

This 1-day program is perfect for homeowners or enthusiast interested in learning about how to build dry stone walls.  It will be held on the historic property of the Vermont Granite Museum, and will correspond with other stone-related festivities being scheduled for Rocktober Fest.

This walling day will also lay the groundwork for future dry stone walling programs at this location, as the Vermont Granite Museum and The Stone Trust pursue the development of a regional worksite on which to host more robust training and certification opportunities!  Join us, and help advance the rehabilitation of one of central Vermont’s historic properties while learning to build beautiful walls that can withstand the test of time!

Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall (one side), using round flat quarried ledge stone.  Participants will learn all and practice the basic rules of structural walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project.  More experienced or advanced wallers will be directed to work on more challenging areas such as wall ends.  Hands on practice time under the guidance of skilled instructors be emphasized throughout the day.

This day will follow the typical one-day format. It is suited to beginners and those with some previous experience.  The workshop will run 9:00am-5:00pm with 1/2 hour lunch break. This workshop is open to everyone.

Detailed info will be emailed to you once you register including what to bring and directions.  All tools needed are provided.  Wear work clothes and boots, bring gloves, safety glasses, water, and lunch.

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

Click here for more information about level 1 workshops.

If you have ever wanted to learn about building dry stone walls, this is the place to start.

Instructor Jordan Keyes, Stone Trust President Pete Ryder, getting a tour of the facility from Exec. Director Scott McLaughlin

Serving its continued mission to create an interactive learning environment centered around Vermont’s rich tradition of stonework and community, the Vermont Granite Museum is hosting an introductory dry stone walling Day in partnership with The Stone Trust.

Not only will registered participants receive instruction from certified wallers and learn the basics of building a traditional dry stone wall, it’s an exciting first step in aligning the educational efforts of two Vermont-based stone-working organizations!

The Stone Trust is a rapidly growing and highly regarded nonprofit organization based in Dummerston, Vermont.  Their efforts to advocate for the preservation of existing dry stone walls and the dissemination of structural standards for dry stone construction, has earned The Stone Trust wide recognition while cultivating a growing community of trained wallers.

For those familiar with the Vermont Granite Museum facility, we will reusing some of the stone in incomplete wall that was to define the bocce court, to create a new wall more suited to dry stone training.  This is being done as part of a larger landscaping update that will be moving the bocce court, allowing for more parking, and a better pedestrian flow.

If needed, detailed directions for registering online are here.

*Please note 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.
This is the area where the walling day will take place
Workshop at The Stone Trust using similar stone to what will be used here.
The grounds of the Granite Museum feature some great works of sculpture and more!
Stone Trust historic rebuild workshop with completed wall
Inside the Granite Museum!

Time lapse video of a
One Day Indoor Workshop
at The Stone Trust in Dummerston VT:

The new Museum Sign (note: this is about 8 ft tall!)

This event is
Sponsored by:

VT Granite Museum!

About the Instructors

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 802.476.4605

Venue Website:

Address:
7 Jones Bros. Way, Barre, Vermont, 05641, United States

Description:

The Vermont Granite Museum was founded by a coalition of over 300 Central Vermont citizens in 1994 as way to preserve the story and memories of our community’s granite industry.  Since that time we have worked relentlessly to salvage the historic Jones Brothers Manufacturing plant and turn it into a museum. Our building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Construction started in 1998, and capital improvements are made every year.   We are still under development which  means  that we are working hard to complete the construction of the museum while also hosting guests and giving tours, designing exhibits, presenting events, and teaching workshops.  Our wonderful Ex. Director, Scott McLaughlins works with a team of volunteers to keep us open to tourists and visiting organizations during the summer.  We have a number of great events this year so please visit our events page to discover what you might attend.  We especially welcome the opportunity to host group visits or rent our facility for special events and conferences. Please call Scott McLaughlin at 802-476-4605, to arrange a special museum visit or to arrange an event.