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Four Types of Workshops Introduce You to Dry Stone Walling

1-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling

1-Day Women’s Introduction to Dry Stone Walling

1-Day Contractors Introduction to Dry Stone Walling

2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling

See our Curriculum in Dry Stone for an overview.

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 5 basics and also introduces basic stone shaping, shows participants how to split stones using feathers and wedges, 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.

Either course provides the necessary introduction to more advanced building concepts. If you’re interested to peruse our curriculum in dry stone, you may get a sense of the progression of learning. The intro course is a prerequisite for most other courses.

2020 1-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling Workshop Schedule

At The Stone Trust Center in Dummerston, VT:
You may find the dates and locations of additional 1-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling workshops convenient and interesting:
  • September 12 and 26 in Johnstown, PA,
  • October 3 in Hiram, ME,
  • October 3 in Barre, VT.
Registration for these workshops will open soon. Please let us know if you are interested in these dates and locations.
Location to be determined:
At Stoneyard, Littleton, MA:
If you or someone you know is interested in other Stone Trust workshops, please click here to download our revised 2020 schedule.

2020 Women’s Introduction to Dry Stone Walling Workshops

Some women are nervous about trying out dry stone walling, which is often a male dominated field. Dry stone walling is a field in which women can excel. At The Stone Trust we actively encourage women to try out dry stone walling and become professional wallers. The indoor training facility and women’s only environment make for a comfortable and supportive learning environment.

An amazing opportunity for women to learn

from women who are professional wallers.

Register for our Women’s Intro workshop on August 15 or October 17.

For information about other Stone Trust workshops, please click here to download our revised 2020 schedule.

2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling

This workshop is perfect for the homeowner, landscaper, mason, or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls, or to improve your skills.

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 wall end, also known as a cheek end.

2-Day Intro, 7/18 & 19, Minneapolis, MN

Cheek End Workshop, 7/18 & 19, Minneapolis, MN

2-Day Intro, 8/1 & 8/2, Mont Vernon, NH

Cheek End Workshop, 8/1 & 8/2, Mont Vernon, NH

2-Day Intro, 9/19 & 20, Dummerston, VT

See other courses in our revised schedule.

Workshops for Contractors

In addition to learning the 5 basics of dry stone walling, classes for contractors focus more heavily on good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, and other areas of special concern to professionals. In courses geared to contractors, wallers engage with instructors and fellow professionals to explore more deeply issues related to design and specifications.

2020 Workshops of interest to professional builders include:

We recognize that tuition for multiple workshops adds up and will be glad to invoice your tuition payments over a period of months up to one year. This idea came from an experienced hardscaper/landscaper who has become a Stone Trust professional member and registered for the above classes. We appreciate his enthusiasm for pursuing professional development with us and his suggestion for making it financially feasible, so we’re passing it along. Please be in touch to discuss tuition payment options.