3.10 Steps & Stairs Workshop – New Hampshire




October 22, 2023


9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Work in a small team to assemble stairs. Come learn design principles for steps, proper base preparation, and how to move and manipulate large stone. Learn, too, how to integrate steps into other hardscape elements.

Workshop Objective:

To provide the basic knowledge required to build steps that are stable, durable, and safe to use.

Learning Outcomes:

How does step design and construction vary depending on stone size and type? What considerations go into preparing the base depending on drainage and soil type? What tools help ensure that you are building properly to accommodate the forces of friction and gravity? How do you safely move large stones?
Come learn what you need to know to design and build stable, durable, safe steps or stairs. Work with variations in materials and methods. Learn techniques for moving large stones by hand. Consider layout, dimensions, sourcing stones, understanding how to set the elevations with a story pole, shaping the steps, and integrating them into walls and other stonework features.
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 4 : 1, you can count on plenty of direct interaction with your teachers.

Training Site

The Stone Trust NH
The Stone Trust NH
Broadview Farm, Mont Vernon, New Hampshire



Pete Ryder
Pete Ryder

DSWA-GB Intermediate (Level II)


Instructor TBA
Instructor TBA

Sample Workshop Agenda

Hourly Schedule

9:00 - 9:30
Introductions and Overview
9:30 - 10:30
Planning, Materials and Methods, Tools, Techniques for Moving Stone
10:30 - 12:30
Hands-on Practice: Stripping Out, Selecting Stone, Beginning the Build
12:30 - 1:00
Lunch and Conversation
1:00 - 4:30
Hands-on Practice: Building Your Stairs
4:30 - 5:00
Clean-up, Review, 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.

Important to Know

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.

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