2.40 Cheek Rebuild Workshop – Opus 40
THE WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE AT OPUS 40
Key reasons for taking a workshop at OPUS 40
Opus 40 is a must-see location for anyone interested in stone and particularly in dry stone walls. Built at a historic bluestone quarry Opus 40 was the great work, or opus, of Harvey Fite. Fite’s opus is currently undergoing a multi-year restoration to rebuild the sections that are failing. The restoration is being led by Brian Post of Standing Stone LLC, the former executive director of the Stone Trust.
Come to learn all the rules and techniques taught at any Stone Trust workshop. Be inspired by the extent of what dry stone walling can create. In this setting, you will see how the craft of dry stone walling supports the art. Some of the original Opus 40 walls include flaws in the construction, leading them to become unstable. At least one instructor at your workshop will have worked on the restoration and will be able to relate how repairs have been tackled and the many challenges involved. Some workshops may even get to see a phase of the restoration in action.
Workshop walls at Opus 40 are built with the native bluestone from this historic quarry. The stone is level-bedded but typically not perfectly flat. It can also be quite angular. This bluestone can be shaped relatively well, but can also be unpredictable. If you are working with level-bedded sandstone or limestone this would be an ideal site to train on.
Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from Brian, who now rarely teaches Stone Trust courses. Brian Post who is leading the restoration at Opus 40 will be one of the instructors. A DSWA-GB certified Master Craftsman, Licensed Landscape Architect, Brian is one of the most experienced instructors in North America. Take advantage of the opportunity to learn from a team of waller-teachers seeped in the tradition.
Above, Instructor Brian Post takes us on a tour of the training walls at the Opus 40 site.
WHY TAKE A CHEEK REBUILD WORKSHOP:
Whenever you’re building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well. Structurally, cheeks are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get them right.
To reinforce and build on the basic principles and techniques of dry stone walling and provide a good understanding of how to build a strong cheekend.
A two-day cheek rebuild provides you with a first hands-on exposure to this fundamental walling skill. Working with a partner, you dismantle and rebuild a free standing vertical wall end on a freestanding wall about 54 inches tall. You grade and sort stone in preparation for a build. You set up batter frames and stringlines. You learn to plan ahead in order to use each stone to its maximum value. By the end of day two, you and your partner will have built a structurally stable cheek end. Without doubt, you will each take home skills to leverage in many features you might build in the future.
A Cheek Rebuild workshop is a must for all of you walling professionally. DSWA Level 2 Waller Certification is the global standard for professional dry stone walling, the level at which you can feel confident offering your services. Your clientele knows they can count on your expertise. As for you people with projects, you will also want to know what to do when your wall comes to an end! If you are considering becoming a teacher of dry stone walling, please also come to learn to build a cheek. The skills you learn building a vertical wall end help you accommodate arches, lunkeys, stiles, and other structures you may wish to build into your walls.
The Cheek Rebuild workshop runs simultaneously with the Two-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling. You will be building the wall end while beginning wallers build the faces. On site, you can expect anywhere from twelve to sixteen beginners and up to six cheek rebuilders. What a great way to experience time on the wall!
Come learn from certified waller-teachers, most of whom earn their livelihoods as dry stone walling professionals. All Stone Trust instructors have achieved DSWA Level 2 Waller Certification, globally recognized as the professional standard. As Stone Trust-DSWA-certified instructors, all belong to a learning community that seeks to ensure that every one of you learns what you came for and that you enjoy the process. With a student : instructor ratio of 8 : 1, you can count on plenty of direct interaction with your teachers. Introductory workshops tend to include up to sixteen participants working with two experienced waller-teachers. Cheek Rebuild workshops tend to include four to six learners working with one instructor.
Some Stone Trust training sites now offer a two-day version of the retaining wall workshop. Two days give you more hands-on time to apply the basic principles. Spend more time working with batter frames and stringlines. Sleep on what you learn and come back to practice with guidance. Enjoy more time interacting with classmates and waller-teachers, and more time getting answers to your questions.
- 9:00 - 10:30
- Introductions and Overview: How the wall end is built and why it is built that way.
- 10:30 - 11:30
- Stripping Out, Stone Sorting, Safety and Materials Management
- 11:30 - 12:30
- Batter Frames & Stringlines, Shaping Stone, Setting Foundations
- 12:30 - 1:00
- Lunch and Conversation
- 1:00 - 3:30
- First Lift
- 3:30 - 4:30
- 4:30 - 5:00
- Tidy up, Review
- 9:00 - 9:30
- Check-in and overview of the day
- 9:30 - 12:30
- Second Lift
- 12:30 - 1:00
- 1:00 - 2:30
- Covers and Copes
- 2:30 - 4:30
- Tidy up and review, tours and conversation
- 4:30 - 5:00
- Workshop Evaluation
- Thanks for coming! (Certificate of Completion, T-shirts, and walling information)
Please note, instructors use their discretion to organize the day for an optimal learning experience.
Detailed info will be emailed to you once you register including what to bring and directions. You will receive a reminder notice a week or two in advance. Please add the Stone Trust to your contact list to ensure that emails arrive in your inbox.
Licensed Landscape Architects can receive 7.5 LA CES credits for participating in this one-day workshop. You can receive 15 LA CES credits for participating in the two-day version.
Women’s Retaining Wall