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The Work of Walling is to Prepare for the Next Moment

After four days of working together building walls, the six participants in the Elkhart workshop stood for their individual DSWA Level One tests. All successfully achieved passing marks. Congratulations to Merv, Kenson, Chris, Simeon, Gerald and Adam. It takes a leap of confidence to move from making a collaborative contribution to erecting your own piece […]

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Words on Walling

On the second day of the Hope Builders Group dry stone workshop in Elkhart County, Indiana, two participants had these words to say about walling.“It’s like doing a jigsaw puzzle without the picture.”Gerald Hochstetler“You’ve got all the pieces but you don’t know what the whole thing’s going to look like until it’s finished”Chris Warkentin

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Stone Trust Workshop

Thought I’d pass along this opportunity to take a workshop with Michael Weitzner and Jared Flynn. Please contact Jared Flynn at jared.flynn@drystonevt.org, or 802.254.2432 with any questions. The Stone Trust, a newly-formed nonprofit in southern Vermont, is proud to announce its upcoming two-day Dry Stone Wall Training Course in Dummerston, Vermont. Rain or shine on Saturday and […]

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Boulder Fence

A special one-day workshop was offered to the general public by my hosts this week, Hope Builders Group of Elkhart, Indiana. Two masonry contractor companies and a landscape designer attended the boulder wall instruction day. It was fun to get acquainted with local professionals in the trades and help them get acquainted with an unaccustomed […]

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Derelict Wall Rebuilt

Scott Farm Walling WorkshopThis past weekend a great group of fine folks came together to pull apart a derilect stone wall and rebuild it, anew. There was an understandable note of panic on the faces of the novice wallers when they saw the depth of the footing hole, and height of the stone mounds, they’d […]

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Wall Building Workshop at Scott Farm

This coming weekend will be the second walling workshop that has taken place at Dummerston’s historic Scott Farm. If you’re familiar with the setting from the movie “Cider House Rules”; that is Scott Farm. The location couldn’t be nicer and the weather forcast is for sunny skies. I’m continually impressed by the strong desire to […]

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Learn how to build a dry-laid stone wall

Stone Wall Building Workshop Parmelee Farm, 465 Rte. 81, Killingworth, CT Contact: Michelle Becker at 860-322-0060 or by e-mail at: mb@mbeckerco.com May 15-16, 2010 9 am – 4 pm Tuition: $300 Contact Michelle Becker @ 860-322-0060 or mb@mbeckerco.com Workshop announcement from Michelle: In what will be the second in a series of educational workshops that promote the arts, cultural heritage […]

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Parmelee Farm Stone Wall Workshop

Thanks to organizers Michelle Becker and Andrew Pighills for inviting me to join them at the Parmelee Farm in Killingworth, CT for a 2-day stone wall workshop. Participants worked together to restore a section of wall.  Pictured above are Andrew and Michelle; a “before view” of a section of wall; the finished wall; along with […]

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Parmelee Farm Stone Wall Workshop

Heading to the Parmelee Farm in Killingworth , CT this weekend.  Andrew Pighills and I will be instructing a workshop on the art of dry stone wall building. Please contact Michelle Becker at 860-322-0060 or mb@beckerco.com for more information.

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Scott Farm Stone Wall Workshop

Folks traveled to Dummerston from all around the Northeast and as far away as Kentucky and New Brunswick, Canada for two days of dry stone walling. Heavy rains (4″!) didn’t dampen the spirits of our intrepid group on Saturday. A dozen workshop participants made good headway despite the mud. By Sunday morning the sun came […]

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Dry Stone Walling Workshop – Parmalee Farm, CT

On Saturday and Sunday Oct 31 – Nov 1, Andrew Pighills and I will lead a workshop on the art of dry stone wall building at the Parmalee Farm in Killingworth, CT. The Parmalee Farm is a 19th Century farmstead, owned by the town of Killingworth, that is being restored to serve as an agricultural, […]

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Canadian Dry Stone Walling Festival

The Canadian Dry Stone Wall Festival will be held this year in Grand Valley, Ontario Oct 9 – 12 at the Landman Farms. The festival will include stone wall workshops for adults and children, a walling competition,  and the construction of a traditional Drystone Blackhouse.  Click here for more information.

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Harley School in Rochester NY

Artist in residence this week at the Harley School in Rochester, NY. Check out this story and video in YNN News.“Students returning to The Harley School will see some new construction outside their building and they will play a large role in the finished product. Students will help some renowned craftsmen build a dry stone […]

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October Dry Stone Walling Workshop 10/24-25

The setting for this two day, hands-on workshop is along-side a quiet road overlooking the orchards of Scott Farm in Dummerston, VT. A one-hundred year old wall in derelict condition will be examined for its structural qualities, dismantled and rebuilt.Participants will be given one-on-one instruction by Dan Snow and another DSWA certificated craftsman. Contact Great […]

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Farewell and Thanks to English Harbour Newfoundland

Many thanks to all who made my stay at English Harbour a delight. I enjoyed getting to know staff, volunteers and workshop participants, alike. EHAC Founders and Executive Committee: Kim Paddon, Dave Paddon, Cynthia Kemerer, Peter Kemerer, Deb Wickwire, Jim Wickwire, and Ray Fowlow. Manager -Jack Stanley. Stone wranglers – Martin Hiscock, Lucas Walters, Richard […]

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Fish Net Environmental Art Piece

A moral dilemma presents itself when one engages in an environmental art enterprise in a natural setting. Often the beauty of the site is the initial attraction, and inspiration for making a piece. As a three-dimensional artist working with natural materials the question arises: is it right to make changes to the setting as it’s […]

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Workshop in Newfoundland Aug 10 – 14

Building with Dry Stone—Utility and Artistry Adults August 10-14, 10:00 – 4:00 (with lunch break) Workshop fee: $400 (including materials and a signed copy of Listening to Stone) Registration Deadline: July 27 In this workshop with renowned artist and writer Dan Snow, participants will learn and practice time-honored dry stone walling skills, while feeling part […]

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Stone Wall Building Workshop July 5

A 1-day stone walling workshop will be held this Sunday the 5th in Dummerston Center from 9 am – 4 pm. Please contact Dan or Great River Arts Institute for details. Same day registration is possible, if you decide at the last minute to join us. The 1-day workshop fee is $150. Please bring:Personal stoneworking […]

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Newfoundland in August – Dry Stone Walling Workshop

The rugged coastline of Newfoundland will be the backdrop for a dry stone walling workshop August 10 – 14, 2009. Join us for a week long adventure in some of Canada’s finest stone country. English Harbour Arts Association will host the event on the grounds of the Fishers’ Loft Inn.Contact Jack Stanley at jstanley@bellnet.ca for […]

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Workshop and Testing July 5 – 6

The July workshop has been changed to a one-day workshop on Sunday July 5th. Please contact the Great River Arts Institute to register. On July 6th there will be a test day for candidates who are pre-registered with the DSWA. Please contact the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britian directly for questions about future […]

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Stone Workshop – Dummerston VT

Discounting the pesky black flies, weather and working conditions were ideal for the Dummerston town pound walling weekend. Sixteen participants under the direction of myself, Andrew Pighlls and Jared Flynn created forty foot of four foot high fence wall, a corner and a cheekend. The pound is now enclosed on nearly three sides. The gate […]

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Stone Workshop Dummerston VT May 9-10

This coming weekend, May 9-10, the 2nd – in a series of 4 workshops to recreate the Dummerston Town Pound – will be held in Dummerston Center, VT.Pre-registration required. Pray for sunny skies – we look forward to welcoming 12 pre-registered workshop participants this weekend.Please bring:WaterHot drink mug – we’ll have coffee and tea availableBag […]

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Stone Wall Workshop

Great River Arts Institute Dry Stone Walling Workshops May 9-10, July 4-5, or October 24-25, 2009 Two-day workshops limited to 20 participantsTuition: $300/per weekend, multiple workshop discount available Contact Great River Arts Institute to register. In October of 1796, Benjamin Alvord built a livestock pound for the town of Dummerston, Vermont. The size of the […]

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