June 23rd 2017 Site Prep Workshop at Eureka Rd. (Springfield VT)

Workshop Level: 1. Up to 16 participants with Certified Instructors Brian Post and Seth Harris. Open to everyone. $200. 

Friday June 23, 2017

The Stone Trust is excited to announce a new set of workshops in Springfield, VT.  With our Dummerston, VT facility at capacity, and more demand than we can handle, this is a fantastic new site to learn dry stone walling.  Learn the art and craft of Dry Stone Walling on Historic Vermont Field Walls.

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The Site and Stone:

Set on a 200 acre property of field and forest, this is a fantastic location to learn the craft of dry stone walling.  The property includes active farm fields, actively managed forestland, trails, a beaver pond and wetland, and even a waterfall.  There are fantastic views in nearly every direction.  A truly beautiful Vermont landscape.  Actively farmed for over 200 years this property is near the heart of the historic village of Eureka (now gone), which was the first village within the town of Springfield.  The site features 1000’s of feet of historic dry stone wall that will begin to be repaired in workshops.

The stone used for the walls is what was gathered right out of the fields.  It is a mixture of the local metamorphic ledge along other types brought in by the glaciers long ago.  There is a nice mix of shapes from round to irregular with occasional flat ones as well.  It is very typical of the stone found throughout much of New England.  This workshop will be based in the real world.  How to work with the stone you have in the best way possible is a primary focus.

Eureka Rd Workshop Site
Eureka Rd Workshop Site
Image from the workshop site
Image from the workshop site
Workshop rebuilding old field wall in Vermont
Workshop rebuilding old field wall in Vermont

Workshop Format:

This  is a site preparation workshop that is intended to be paired with the dry stone wall building workshop happening on the following two days.  This workshop can also be taken independently of the weekend wall building workshop.

The workshop will run from 8:30 – 4:30, with a break for lunch at noon.  The instructors will use a variety of visual teaching aids, discussion, and hands-on demonstrations.

In this workshop participants will learn the needed site preparation for building a wall.  Participants will be lead through discussions of sourcing and selection stone to use, and preparing the foundation.  For the better part of the day, participants will be learn from and working along side the instructors setting up batter frames and sorting stone for building.

Knowing how to efficiently build sturdy batter frames and understanding how to use string lines are two of the trickiest aspects for many dry stone wallers.  This will be discussed in detail.  There will likely be some very large stones to deal with and methods of moving them and braking them down will be shown and used.  Some other shaping will also likely be demonstrated and taught to facilitate making the best use of the material.

Workshop Levels:

This is a Level 1 workshop.  It is suitable for everyone and no experience is required.  There are no prerequisites for this workshop.  Those who have previous experience will be challenged with harder tasks.  Even experienced wallers can learn a tremendous amount from this workshop.

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Dry Stone wall being finished by workshop participants
Workshop participants finishing up

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Check out the corresponding Saturday-Sunday Dry Stone Walling workshop.  June 24 & 25.

Sign up for both to get 3 days of amazing dry stone wall education!

laces-vertical-yellowLicensed Landscape Architects can receive 7.5 LA CES credit hours for attending the site prep workshop day and and 15 credit hours for the two day walling workshop.  Take both for 22.5 credit hours, almost 2 years worth in 3 days!   These workshops make a great break from the office and you will come away with an incredible knowledge base about dry stone walls that can be applied directly to your projects!

Learning objectives for this workshop:

  • How to assess an old field wall for rebuilding methods
  • How to set up a site for efficient dry stone walling
  • How to build and set up batter frames and string lines
  • How to prepare a sturdy foundation for dry stone walls
  • How to efficiently sort and lay out stone to speed up the building process
  • How to do some basic shaping of stones
Beautiful Vermont Farm Land at the Workshop Site
Beautiful Vermont Farm Land at the Workshop Site

About The Instructors:

BRIAN POST owns and operates Standing Stone Landscape Architecture, a design build firm specializing in dry stone construction, in Springfield VT.  Brian is the only certified waller who is also a Licensed Landscape Architect.  Having knowledge from both the design world and the walling world gives Brian unique insights when teaching.  Brian is one of six DSWA-GB certified Master Craftsmen (Level IV) in the USA, and is also a Certified instructor.  Brian is also the Executive Director of The Stone Trust.


SETH HARRIS  Holds DSWA-GB Intermediate (Level II) and Instructor Certification.  He is the proprietor of Foxchair Mountain Craftsmen in Springfield VT.  Seth specalizes in many types of historic crafts including stonework, fine woodworking, and blacksmithing.  He is a skilled waller and instructor, with a love of good tools and their use.


Other Workshops of Interest:

    two day level 1 - 9
    Introductory Workshop: One Day Outdoor
    Saturday, May 6, 2017

    This workshop is perfect for the homeowner or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls. If you are looking to learn more before starting to build a wall at home or trying to educate yourself before hiring someone else to build a wall. This is the workshop for you. It is great introduction for landscapers who are looking to get into dry stone walling.

    Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall (one side), using flat ledge stone. Participants will learn all the basic rules of structural walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project. The different type of stone used is the primary difference between this workshop and the indoor introductory workshops.


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    Women’s Introductory Workshop: One Day Indoor
    Saturday, May 6th, 2017

    A chance to learn from the women in North America who are DSWA Certifed Instructors! At The Stone Trust, all of our women’s only workshops are taught by women wallers. This workshop will have the only 3 women in North America who are certified dry stone wall instructors teaching!

    This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, landscaper/gardener, or hobbyist. Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq ft of wall (one side), using natural round fieldstone. You will learn all the basic rules of structural walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project.


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    Women’s Level 1 & 2, Dry Stone Walling Highlight Course
    Sunday, May 7th, 2017

    This workshop will have the only 3 women in North America who are certified dry stone wall instructors teaching! This workshop is intended as a follow up to the level 1 workshop the day before. This workshop is all about learning to shape stone. Hammer, split, trim, and cut.


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    Batter Frames and String Lines: One Day Indoor
    Sunday, May 7th, 2017

    This workshop is all about how to build and use guides for dry stone walling. We will show you different methods and materials to build batter frames for a variety of situations. Participants will split up into small groups to practice various techniques. Learn tips and tricks for correctly using string lines and how to prevent common errors. Learn how to determine the appropriate dimensions for the walls, correct batter angle, and what to do for special features and unusual circumstances.


    Seth Harris instructing the 2016 Test Prep workshop
    Spring 2017 Test Preparation Workshop: One Day Indoor
    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Prepare for your certification test! This workshop is perfect those planning to test on Monday. Learn tips and techniques to help you pass your test, all while practicing on the stone walls used for the tests. A must-take workshop for those planning to go for the difficult Level 2 test. Take this workshop and receive a discount on a Saturday or Sunday Pre-test, before testing on Monday.

    Seth Harris is a Level 2 certified waller and certified instructor. He has been a test site coordinator at The Stone Trust on several occasions and is well versed in what it takes to pass a test. There is nothing better than a day of tips from the pros! In addition to dry stone walling Seth is also an accomplished fine woodworker, blacksmith, excavator and more. He is the owner of Foxchair Mountain Craftsmen in Springfield VT.


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    Steps and Stairs Workshop – Dry Stone: One Day Outdoor
    Friday, May 19, 2017

    This workshop will teach everything you need to know in order to build strong and long lasting dry stone steps. Participants will divide up to work on building several sets of new stairs in the Master Feature Park. There will be variation in materials and methods. Learn about using equipment for moving large stones as well as techniques for moving large stones by hand. Layout, dimensions, sourcing stones, understanding how to set the elevations with a story pole, shaping the steps, and integrating them into walls will all be included.


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    Spring 2-Day Outdoor Workshop
    Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017

    This workshop is perfect for the homeowner, landscaper, mason, or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls, or to improve your skills.

    Over the course of the two days each participant will build about 35 sq. ft. of wall (one side), using either round field stone, flat ledge stone, or a mixture. Level 1 participants will learn all the basics of structural walling, plus so much more. Level 2 participants will work on building a wall end, also known as a cheek end. The knowledge taught in this workshop can be applied to any type of stone and dry stone walling project.


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    Irish Feiden Wall Workshop: One Day Outdoor
    Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Irish Feiden Wall, also known as an Irish Family walling is a style that involve a mix of vertically and horizontally placed stones in a variety of sizes to create a distinctive pattern with stones referred to as “children, mothers, fathers” based on their size and location in the wall, suggesting who might have placed them. This type of wall is common in the Aran Islands and places in Western Ireland, but little known elsewhere. Traditionally built with the limestone of that region which is roughly level bedded, we will be adding our own twist to this style of wall, using a mix of our locally available round glacial till and level bedded schist. This workshop will rebuild and improve on the 40 ft section of Feiden wall in the master features park.


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    Slate Carving Workshops
    Saturday, May 20 and/or Sunday May 21, 2017

    This workshop introduces you to slate carving techniques using hand chisels and mallets. The workshop will focus on having participants carve pieces of slate that will become permanent signs in our master feature park. This will primarily be done using a raised letter method. You will be guided through the drawing, composition, and spacing of your letter forms and learn to translate your inscription into a carving. No previous experience with drawing or carving necessary.


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    Scottish Galloway Wall Workshop: One Day Outdoor
    Sunday, May 21, 2017

    Galloway walls feature a single stack of large stones on top of a double stack of small stones. While it may seem counter intuitive it is a very strong and fast way to build. Galloway walls are very applicable when there is a wide variety of stone sizes to build with and a lot of large stones. Many of the historic pasture walls in Northern New England were Galloway or Single Stack walls. This workshop will give you an opportunity learn this type of walling.