Scottish Galloway Wall Workshop: One Day Outdoor

Workshop Level: 2. Up to 10 participants with Certified Instructors Michael Weitzner and Michael Murphy.  This workshop is intended for wallers who have taken at least 1 prior workshops, or have substantial experience. $248

Sunday May 21, 2017

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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.  If you do work rebuilding historic field walls this is workshop you won’t want to miss.  This workshop will rebuild and improve on the 40 ft section of Galloway wall in the master features park.

This type of walling is tremendously fast to build, incredibly durable, and known for its rugged appearance.

This workshop is intended for those who have taken a workshop or worked with a Certified Waller and are familiar with building typical double stack walls.  If you don’t have that experience yet, sign up for one of our other workshops earlier in the spring too.  That way you will be ready for this one.

This workshop will follow the typical one-day format.  The cost is $248.  The workshop will run 8:30am-4:30pm with 1/2 hour lunch break.

Learn a new way of building and expand your knowledge, skills, and services!

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*Please note if you encounter errors or problems while registering please email Brian Post or call (802) 490-9607, so we can correct the problem, and improve our registration process.

Check out The Masters Park at The Stone Trust, where this workshop will take place:

2016 Galloway wall workshop
2016 Galloway wall workshop
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Landscape Architects receive 7.5 credit hours for taking this workshop through the LA CES system.

About The Instructors:

MICHAEL WEITZNER became a full time dry stone waller in 1993. In 2003 he attained his DSWA-GB Master Craftsman Certification. He has lived in Switzerland, Spain, England, and Scotland, before settling down in Brattleboro VT. Michael has a strong interest in historic preservation and has become involved in historic bridge preservation. Michael was one of the founders of The Stone Trust in 2010, and is the owner of Thistle Stone Works. http://www.thistlestoneworks.com


MICHAEL MURPHY owns and operates The Nature of Stone in Elberta, Michigan.   Michael is a DSWA-GB certified Intermediate waller (Level II), and is also a Certified instructor.  Michael has a love for the craft of dry stone walling that is palpable in every workshop he teaches.  The joy of walling is thoroughly shared and after taking a workshop with Michael you will be back for more!

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