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 participants
Tuition: $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 fence was 4 feet wide at the base and 6 feet in height. Each of the four sides was 36 feet long. The site, in Dummerston Center, was near where the Historical Society building stands today but nothing remains of the original pound. In October, 2008, eighteen workshop participants began the reconstruction of the old town pound. The second workshop, on May 9 and 10, 2009, continues the process of recreating this historic structure.
Basic walling principles and techniques will be explained and demonstrated by qualified instructors, Dan Snow and Andrew Pighills. Using common fieldstone and granite slabs, participants will build double-faced wall, corners and gate ends. Learn what it takes to make a sturdy dry stone wall. Improve on the skills you already have. Join other stone enthusiasts on this special project.