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What is a Historic Rebuild Workshop?

We have two great 2.10 Historic Wall Rebuild Workshops coming up in June.  But what is a Historic Rebuild Workshop like, and how is it different from other workshops?

Historic Rebuild workshops take place on our training site in Springfield VT. The workshops show participants how to take an overgrown hedgerow with an old wall in it (that is now more of linear rock pile), and turn it back into a finished farm field wall.   Unlike other workshops, each historic rebuild workshop takes place on a new section of wall, and the completed wall at the end of the workshop will be permanent.

In June, we have both a 2-day long version of the course and a 3-day long version of the course.  There is also the option to take just the 2nd two days of the three day course.

For safety and efficiency we do a lot of the rough prep work with equipment before the workshop starts.  When participants show up, the brush has been cleared, trees that are in the way have been cut, stumps have been pulled, barbed wire has been removed, and stone has had most of the soil and debris sifted from it and is left in piles.  All this prep work is discussed, but does not need special ‘stone work training’ to accomplish.

Unlike most workshops, rather than take down a wall as the 1st part of the workshop, in these workshops, participants learn sort first.  Stone that is not a useful size or shape is split down.  Historic wall workshops tend to include a lot more stone shaping than other workshops.  We also go through traditional base preparation and setting up batter frames in much more detail than other workshops.

Stacking the wall is similar to other workshops, but their are a few differences.

  • We are using the stone that is there as best as possible.  So we may use a wider variety of stacking techniques to accomplish this.  The Galloway building style is likely to be used at the June workshops.
  • There is more stone shaping than in other workshops.
  • Participants with past workshop experience typically focus on building cheek ends (wall ends).

For many participants the historic wall rebuild is their first workshop, there are no prerequisites.  Lots of people also take this workshop as a 2nd or 3rd workshop as well.  Those with some past workshop experience are often given some extra challenges, like working on a wall end.  We work hard to teach what each person has come to learn.

The 2 day format:  June 12 & 13 (Wed, Thurs)

This workshop is being held in conguction with the Vermont Preservation Institute and is intended for contractors in historic restoration, masonry and landscaping, but it is open to everyone.  It will be a little faster paced and work stations will be little shorter than with the 3 day version.  Some of the stone sorting and other prep work also may be done ahead of time.

The 3-day format: June 14-16 (Fri, Sat, Sunday)

This workshop is best for people who like a little more time to learn and a little more space to work.  It is the most in-depth workshop we offer going from a stone pile to a finished wall.  This workshop is ideal for everyone from total beginners to Level 1 certified wallers.

The 3-day format – last two days only: June 15-16 (Sat, Sunday)

This 2 day option allows people who cant get week days off to still come and learn.  The batter frames will be up, the stone will be sorted, and everything is ready to build. It is a great way to learn how to build!

5 reasons  to come to a 2.10 Historic Rebuild Workshop!

  • Old walls to rebuild at your property
  • Learn to work with big stones
  • Learn Galloway walling (only 2019 workshops to teach this)
  • Learn to build wall ends
  • Be part of a permanent historic rebuild
Section of Galloway wall built in a historic rebuild workshop.
Setting through stones
Cheek end completed!
Lots of stone ready to sort and shape!