Course Level: Master Waller

Master Waller Courses

#CourseDaysPrerequisite Description
5.10Design Principles for the Waller5NoneThis workshop will be held at a site conducive to experiencing the following topics and will include both classroom and field elements. Topics covered include: engineering for the waller, aesthetics and integration with site and architecture
, and historic and geologic perspectives.
5.20Feature BuildVaries3.90This workshop will be taught by one or more master craftsmen and will teach advanced skills appropriate to the chosen feature. Example features may include arches, bridges, dams, buildings, and artistic features.
5.90Level 4 Certification Test 3 Months4.90The successful tester will have walled extensively for several years. They will have walled with multiple walling traditions and communities.

We are all apprentices in a craft where no one becomes a master. ~Ernest Hemingway

The Zen of Walling

True Master Craftsmen are rare indeed! They have demonstrated their skills on a myriad of projects. A common trait is diversity in their portfolio. Wall and wall some more!

The Design Principles for the Waller provides knowledge of adjacent domains that can be applied to transform a perfectly good wall concept into a masterpiece. Topics include engineering, artistic aspects of walling (such as color, texture and perspective), and geology. You will also learn about the history of walling and be exposed to walling traditions from across the globe.

Each Feature Build workshop is unique and tuned to the interest of students. It will usually focus on a large installation with considerable technical challenges.

Level 4 Certification marks a transition point in your path. It is the highest level certification available for Dry Stone Wallers.

Master Wallers don’t stop learning; they just keep amazing!

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

More About Master Waller Courses

5.10 Design Principles for the Waller Workshop

This course is currently under development. It is anticipated to be 1st offered in 2020.

5.20 Feature Build Workshop

A time for wallers who are already certified Level II or high to come together and learn by building features or complex walls.

5.90 Level 4 Certification Test

This certificate is in two parts and must be applied and paid for separately. Candidates must hold a Level III / Advanced Certificate before applying for Master Craftsman Certificate Part A (Features). Part A must be marked and passed before moving on to Part B (Timed test including one chosen feature). Candidates must obtain the minimum mark in each section to achieve this certificate

Upcoming Master Waller Courses

  • 4.70/5.20 Curved wall & Cheek End Feature Build: April 25-29, 2022 (Dutton Farm Walls)
    April 25, 2022 - April 29, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 9am to 5pm each day.

Learn and build curves, cheek ends, and retaining walls! Come and join us for completing the Dutton Farm wall of which 900ft has been rebuilt over the past 10 years through Stone Trust Workshops.  This will be run as a combined 5.20 Feature build course for those with less experience (just 1 prior workshop needed), and a 4.70 Walling Day for those who are already Level II or higher DSWA-GB Certified.

  • 4,70/5.20 Sphere Feature Build: May 20-21, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    May 20, 2022 - May 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm each day.

Building a dry stone sphere is challenging task, much appreciated by people of all skill levels. To celebrate 10 years of service for the preservation of the craft of dry stone walling we are paying our respect to the artistic side of the craft. Participants will get to learn about and gain experience splitting and trimming slate, as well as how to approach stacking for complex features, and setting up guides for keeping the geometry true.