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Spring 5-Day Contractors Intro Success!

Photos are complete except I didn’t add any from Friday.  Didn’t remember what was decided about Test Day photos.

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Wednesday & Thursday

Congratulations to the nine men who achieved Dry Stone Walling Association Level 1 Certification on the final day of this year’s first 5-Day Contractors Intensive! People traveled from as far as Arkansas, Kansas, Minnesota, and Washington State. A crew of three came down from Portland, Maine. And one man made the comparatively easy trek from Dublin, New Hampshire.

On day one and two these aspiring wallers learned and applied the five basic rules of dry stone walling. They also got a clear sense of the requirements for passing the Level 1 test and did a practice run on day three.  After three days of stripping out and rebuilding to specifications, wallers need a rest before Test Day. Instructors Michael Weitzner and Dario Coletta worked with them on techniques for shaping stone. People engaged a discussion on pricing strategies. Participants also looked ahead at potential areas for developing further stone work experience: wall ends, arches, corners, curves, stiles…  The Stone Wall Park is replete with advanced features!

Day 5: Test Day! Beautiful sunshine, well-prepared test-takers, site coordinators to support them, and DSWA Examiner Jared Flynn observing carefully and completing mark sheets for each of the nine aspirants. Success! All nine achieved passing marks entitling them to DSWA Level 1 Initial Dry Stone Waller certification.

The Stone Trust added the Contractors Intensive to our Curriculum in Dry Stone in spring 2019 in order to fast-track  for people wanting to add the skill set and the credential to their professional portfolios. We offer the workshop again in November. Register here.