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Dry Stone Retaining Wall Specifications.
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Once you join our email list you will get a link to download the specifications. Available as a PDF or Word (DOC) file. This 11 page document contains the most detailed dry stone retaining wall specifications freely available on the internet
The Introductory Walling Workshop, held indoors at Scott Farm, was a full day of learning the basics of stone wall building from certified instructors Jared Flynn and Jerry Coggin. It was great to see the indoor center flourishing as the rain and snow came down outside!
The Introductory Walling Workshop was great. 18 participants got to learn from Jared Flynn, Michael Weitzner (both DSWA-GB Master Craftsman) and Judy Rand (DSWA-GB Intermediate). Workshop participants included a Father & Son, Father and Daughter and several couples. Take a look at photos of day!
The Steps and Stairs Workshop was a great success. Here are some photos of the day!
The Flagging / Patio Workshop started with the fundamentals. Take a look at the photos of the day!
A huge thank you to the amazing people who came to our volunteer day. We built a footbridge, prepared for the flagging workshop, prepared for the stairs workshop, organized the barn, set up the big tent and finished off a section of wall.
It was a great day of fun, work, and well SNOW… When your told to stand close together so we all fit in the picture when taking the group photo you know it has been a good volunteer day! This was largest number of volunteers we have had in one day. Thank you! It makes it all feel so worth it when you have a group of folks come excited to help! Our next volunteer days are May 1st and May 4. Anyone is welcome to come.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the DSWA and to celebrate we are organising a National dry stone walling competition on Sunday 20th May 2018 at Fleet farm , ten minutes from the Crooklands office and training site. There are classes for all including a prestigious inter branch pairs competition for members of the DSWA, they would would love to have an entry from the US competing and representing The Stone Trust if at all possible.
PATRICK McENEANEY (Massachusetts), is featured in The Stone Trust’s 2018 Calendar, is the owner of Village Stonesmiths Gardens & Masonry Inc. along with his wife Erika. It is a full service landscape design & build company that specializes in work with natural stone. Patrick holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Design from UMass Amherst, and is a certified Intermediate Level 2 waller with the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. He is supported by his crew of mason laborers: Andy McCarthy, John Callahan (Level 1 certified waller), Francky Cledomin, and Harrison Doamarral. Photos by Adam Rourke. http://www.villagestonesmith.com/
The Contractors Workshop was a great success. Check out all the photos!
On courses trainers seem to really emphasize the importance of hearting and I suppose the reasons for that should be fairly obvious, however just to recap. When we build a wall with everything we do we are essentially striving for 3 related goals. The first is should be somewhat obvious — that it stands up. In the short term that is fairly easy to achieve, however practices have to vary slightly to make walls something more than ephemeral. That is where the second goal comes in. Walls settle and move, they cannot escape the effects of gravity (inter alia) and so techniques have to be adjusted/developed to control this movement, reducing the potential for it (e.g. tightness) and then the third goal, controlling it when it happens (e.g. length in). At times I think this third goal gets forgotten.