At the end of September, the Stone Trust Center hosted a 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling workshop in Dummerston, Vermont for this year. With a fully booked workshop, sixteen participants arrived eager to learn the five basic principles of dry stone walling. Taking the first day to learn the techniques that ensure a structurally sound, aesthetically pleasing wall five principles, you then have a second day of hands-on experience putting these rules to use. Taking apart the wall, you can see where those principles may or may not have been used properly by the wallers building before. When rebuilding, you can try to improve on any areas that you felt may have needed more attention.
As most of you came to this workshop with little to no experience, you started on a level playing field. Two of you had taken a 1-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling and returned for more instruction and practice–a great example of how you can take many Stone Trust courses to build your skill set. Many of you mentioned that you are interested in retaining walls and cheek ends moving forward, so hopefully we will see you in the future! A review of the Curriculum in Dry Stone can help you plan.
Thank you to Dario Colletta and to Bryce Hollingsworth, who had just passed his Level 3A Certification Test two days before the workshop. Both of you are “excellent teachers and represented the Stone Trust well,” as a participant said.