Course Level: Dry Stone Waller

Becoming a Dry Stone Waller

#CourseDaysPrerequisite Description
3.10Steps & Stairs1NoneStudents will work in small teams to assemble stairs. Skills learned include proper base preparation, moving and manipulating large stone, and design principles for steps. You will also learn how to integrate steps into other hardscape elements.
3.20Flagging1NoneThe student will learn how to prepare the base and lay flagging. A variety of materials will be used. Shaping techniques will be taught.
3.30Walling Skills Intensive42.10 or 2.40 or 2.90Students in this workshop will build a wall cheek from scratch. You will learn to shape through stones and cheek material. You will assemble and use your own batter frame. You will learn strategies for rapid building, and for effective bonding of throughs and cheeks to the wall. The goal is to build a cheek that is of passing Level 2 quality.
3.70Walling Day12.90Low cost opportunity for those with Level 1 certification gain walling experience, especially building cheek ends, with certified professions on site.
3.80Level 2 Test Preparation13.30The student will rebuild a Level 2 test stint against the clock. An instructor will answer questions and provide feedback at multiple points during the day. The purpose of this course is to help the student develop strategies for building within the test time limit while constructing a passing wall.
3.90Level 2 Certification Test 12.90, 3.30 & 3.80 highly recommended.The successful tester will have built a minimum of five cheeks, taken the pretest successfully, and will have built at least 50’ of wall on their own.

Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into practice. ~ Anton Chekhov

Competency

Serious hobbyists and professionals will find that these workshops provide the tools they need to build lasting and beautiful walls and features.
The Walling Skills Intensive is a four day workshop that teaches all of the skills needed to build a cheek end that meets Level 2 standards. Topics covered extensively include batter frames and building to the line, stone shaping for throughs and cheek material, and build strategy.

Recognizing the commitment that students are making to the craft, after participating in the Walling Skills Intensive workshop, each student will be paired with a certified instructor as a mentor to aid in the path to Level 2.
Steps & Stairs, and Flagging workshops address design elements common to many residential projects.

Level 2 Certification is perhaps the most difficult jump in the certification scheme. In our experience, this is where many wallers get off the train. Key to success is your personal investment in the necessary skills. It is our recommendation that before testing at Level 2, you build at least five cheek ends and 50 feet of free standing wall. More is better!

All workshops are taught by instructors that are certified by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB)

More About Dry Stone Waller Courses

3.10 Steps and Stairs Workshop

This 1-day workshop is perfect for the homeowner or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls. It’s also a great introduction for landscapers who are looking to get into dry stone walling. Typical cost is $275.

3.20 Flagging Workshop

This 1-day workshop is perfect for the homeowner or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls. It’s also a great introduction for landscapers who are looking to get into dry stone walling. Typical cost is $275.

3.30 Walling Skills Intensive Workshop

The Walling Skills Intensive (WSI) workshop is intended for the intermediate waller who desires to test for Level 2. Gain the needed skills, practice building to the required standards and speed, and get a mentor to help you gain certification.

3.70 Walling Day

This 1-day workshop is perfect for the homeowner or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls. It’s also a great introduction for landscapers who are looking to get into dry stone walling. Typical cost is $275.

3.80 Level 2 Test Preparation Workshop

This 1-day workshop is perfect for the homeowner or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls. It’s also a great introduction for landscapers who are looking to get into dry stone walling. Typical cost is $275.

3.90 Level II Certification Test

This 1-day workshop is perfect for the homeowner or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls. It’s also a great introduction for landscapers who are looking to get into dry stone walling. Typical cost is $275.

Upcoming Dry Stone Waller Courses

(By date, soonest first)


  • Batter Frames Workshop 4/18/2020
    April 18, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Proper set up and use of batter frames and string lines is a real challenge for many wallers. We continually hear from examiners that poor use of string lines is one of the biggest reasons that wallers fail certification tests. You will learn multiple ways to build frames and use string lines to improve the efficiency of your building process and quality of the walls you build. PREREQUISITE: This workshop is intended for wallers who have taken one or more prior workshops, are level 1 or higher certified, or have experience building stone walls.


  • 3.70 Walling Day (4-26-20)
    April 26, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Come join some skilled DSWA-GB wallers and Certified Master Craftsmen, building a new section of wall at The Stone Trust Center on Scott Farm. Irish and Scottish styles will be the focus of 2020’s Walling Day. This is a great time to work on practicing your walling, learning some new styles and networking with fellow wallers. PREREQUISITE: Level 1 or higher DSWA-GB Certification required to attend. Pro member attend free, basic members just $20.


  • 3.20 Flagging Workshop (4/26/2020)
    April 26, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1 day workshop attendance

Have a patio or walk way to build? This is the workshop for you!

Learn the fundamentals of patio construction in a fun, energetic, hands-on environment. While not strictly dry stone walling, flat-work is a common part of many projects. Doing a good job starts with a good foundation, and finishes with an attractive pattern of stone. This workshop will teach you how to do flat-work that stays flat and attractive for decades.


  • 3.20 Flagging Workshop (9/18/20) Stoneyard
    September 18, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1 day workshop at Stoneyard, Littleton, MA

Want to learn how to build patios and walkways with natural stone, or improve your methods, efficiency and speed? Then this is the workshop for you!
Learn the fundamentals of patio construction in a fun, energetic, hands-on environment. Flat-work is a common part of many projects. Doing a good job starts with a good foundation, and finishes with an attractive pattern of stone. This workshop will teach you how to do flat-work that has tight joints, and stays flat, safe, and attractive for decades.


  • Fall Certification Test: Friday (9/25/2020) Dummerston
    September 25, 2020
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
    - 1 Day attendance

Testing Levels Initial, Intermediate and Advanced (Part B). Friday, May 3, 2019. NOTE: You must hold the previous level certification to sign up for any test above level 1. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE has been exended till, August 14th! NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.