You may or may not know that The Stone Trust (TST) runs workshops in locations outside of New England. In the north central US, sustainable landscape designer Dan Peterson offers workshops at the site of TST corporate member Northland Landscape Nursery in Isanti, MN. Dan is also a TST professional member, certified DSWA-GB instructor, and a member of The Stone Trust Board of Directors.
This year, in addition to introducing newcomers to the five basic rules for building a structurally sound freestanding wall, we invite people to return for more advanced classes to add to their stone work knowledge base. Over the next several years, we look forward to offering you workshops from across our full Curriculum in Dry Stone.
See this year’s Minnesota schedule and register below:
1.20 Two-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling, June 12 & 13
Learn the fundamentals of building a structurally sound dry stone wall with additional active building time. Get introduced to shaping stones, and other related skills and tools.
With that workshop under your belt, move on to…
2.40 Cheek End Workshop, June 12 & 13
How do you bring a wall to its end? In this two-day workshop will rebuild the a wall cheek (freestanding vertical wall end). You will learn to grade and sort stone in preparation for a build. You will set up batter frames and string lines. Come for hands-on exposure to building a square end to a wall. You will use this fundamental skill across the many features you may be planning to build.
Try your hand and shaping stones with hammers, chisels, and power tools too! Learn techniques and methods for efficiently getting stones to break where you want them to.
Open to those with previous walling workshop experience. We’ll focus on building the top half of a double stack wall, beginning with through stones and finishing with copes. This is ideal for people who have taken one or more workshops who may not have a place at home to practice, as well as for those who feel they need more practice before starting their project
Dry stone work is purposeful. Building our teaching infrastructure allows us to invite you to learn in real-life dry stone construction projects. We’ll keep you posted!
For a course progression, please see our Curriculum in Dry Stone.