People often ask about the differences between our 1-Day and 2-Day Intro workshops. In a nutshell, both courses teach the basic principles of building a structurally sound dry stone wall. The 2-day course teaches the five basics and also introduces basic stone shaping and spends more time setting up batter frames and stringlines. Each participant builds more wall (35′ vs. 25′) at a slower pace, which allows more time for talking with instructors about the projects you have in mind.
Both courses are designed for homeowners, hobbyists, and enthusiasts who want to build walls themselves. Both courses work well, too, for landscapers, masons, and designers seeking to add dry stone walling to their skill set. Landscape Architects earn LA CES credits when they participate in professional development through the Stone Trust.
At the Stone Trust — Tennessee, you can follow up what you learn at the intro class with:
You can find the complete schedule of Tennessee workshops in dry stonework here.
The two-day format gives more time questions about your specific projects, learning stone shaping basics, and possibly even splitting stones using feathers and wedges.
Experienced participants will work on building a vertical wall end, also known as a cheek end. Come learn how to bring your wall to an elegant, durable finish! Cheek Rebuild workshops run simultaneously with the 2-Day Intro. Access registration pages here.
2-Day Cheek Rebuild workshops run simultaneously with these intro classes. Whenever you’re building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well. Structurally they are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right. If you’re ready to add this skill to your walling tool box, join us in June!