Introductory Stone Wall Workshops
Our introductory workshops for homeowners and tradespeople promote the beauty and integrity of stone. The one-day workshop focuses on the basic techniques for creating dry-laid garden retaining walls and free-standing walls using field stone and rounded cobbles. Workshops are held January through March in warm greenhouses in Hinesburg, Vermont. The workshops are hands-on — working directly with stone native to Vermont. Tuition for the one-day workshop is $100. The workshop series has been featured in Vermont Woman Newspaper and on Vermont Public Radio.
"The stone wall workshop awoke a new passion and appreciation for stone. In just one day-long class, we were equipped with the enthusiasm and skills to build four beautiful stone walls with gathered materials from our property." — Cynthia Cole and Fred Erdman, Richmond
Winter 2017 Schedule
The one-day workshops are held at Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg
on Saturdays, 8:30-3:30, unless otherwise noted below.
January 21 | February 11 | March 4
Friday, March 10 | March 18 | March 25
Stone Work Certification
For general information about the DSWA certification: Dry Stone Walling Association
Upcoming DSWA events in Vermont:
Each year we work with community groups and schools to organize workshops for permanent stone creations. We share the basic wall building principles and bring attention to the excellent work these groups and organizations do in Vermont.
Recent Community Workshops
Old Stone House Museum
VNA End-of-Life Programs
Vt Community Garden Network
Teaching garden herb spiral
Vt Trails and Greenways Council
Part of the joy of stone work is collaborating with other professional wallers in projects that demonstrate the possibilities with dry-laid stone.
Vermont Flower Show
Essex Junction, 2015
Hunt Middle School
Vermont Flower Show
Essex Junction, 2011
Stone stupa and arch
"Charley is passionate about his craft and excellent at working with community members to shape ideas into a design, and the design into reality." --Brian Williams, Principal, The Sustainability Academy at Barnes, Burlington.