Successful DSWA Test Day in Hinesburg, VT

Two days of dry stone activities recently took place in balmy Hinesburg, Vermont. While it was snowing outside, inside the greenhouse conditions couldn’t have been finer. Seven professional wallers got together on Friday to exchange ideas on guide frame techniques.

On Saturday, DSWA certification scheme tests were conducted by me and Michael Weitzner. We examined three Level Two testers and one Level One. Each candidate constructed 27 sq.’ of free-standing wall. Level Two stints included a vertical wall end in the construction. After a grueling seven hour session, all candidates received passing marks for their stints.

Many thanks to Charley McMartin for organizing the venue and to Troy Headrick for acting as site steward.
Professional wallers came from New Hampshire, New Jersey and Ontario, Canada for testing. Congratulations to Wayne Lamarre, Dan Lupino, Dean McLellan and Reid Snow for gaining Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain craftsman certificates.

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2 Responses to Successful DSWA Test Day in Hinesburg, VT

  1. Dean McLellan March 8, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    I would like to take this opportunity to personaly thank Dan and Michael for all their efforts on the weekend of the tests. I can’t say enough about how professional and how willing to share their knowledge they were. For upcoming wallers I would whole heartedly recommend the certification process. It might be the most valuable learning day I have ever had. Thanks as well to Charley and Troy for all their help and efforts as well!

  2. Reid Snow March 1, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    Hi Dan,
    I really enjoyed the opportunity to test under you and Micheal. It was one of the hardest days of work I have had in awhile. I am really looking forward to the next level of the DSWA GB certification. Thanks so much to both of you for the constructive criticism, it will go into all my walling in the future.
    Thanks again,

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