Sunday, January 13, 2019

Dry Stone Certification WHAT TO KNOW for DSWA Level 1 TESTING


This Video is intended to simply cover some of the basics to assist and guide others in the process of pursuing Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain DSWA -GB Certification. Experience, practice  and workshops are some of the best ways to prepare. 

Many thanks to Jeremy Bishop Owner of Stone Craft Stonescapes https://b-m.facebook.com/StoneCraftStonescaping/ for taking the time to help others.  Eamon was to shy to be on camera : (  Thank you Eamon for all your help at the site for prep. I'm proud to say both passed there DSWA level 1 April 2018 at Rockin Walls Training Center. Great job guys and gals who have invested in our trade!

DSWA Level 1 Requirements: Each candidate will strip down and rebuild 27 sq. ft. of free standing wall, within a seven hour period.  27 sq ft is roughly equal to a wall 4 feet 6 inches tall and 6 feet long.  (The square footage is measured on one face.)  The test is done in the presence of the Examiner to meet minimum Level I requirements.
https://thestonetrust.org/certification/level-i-initial/

Helpful Links:
www.dswa.org.uk/certification


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

2019 Spring Workshops

We now have our 2019 Spring workshops listed.

More details to follow. 
Along with paypal buttons to sign up. 

• April 6th 2019 1 Day Fundamental Building Skills workshop (Saturday) $300

• April 26th 2019 - 1 Day Shaping workshop (Friday) $375

• April 27-28 2019 2 day (Saturday/Sunday) Freestanding or Cheekend Workshop $450

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

April 13 2018 DSWA Certification Level 1 and 2 Pics


April 13, 2018, Rockin Walls Training Center offered the first  •  Level 1 & 2 DSWA Certification. We were so excited to have 10 folks sign up for this sold out event.  Master Examiners - Chris Tanguay DSWA/DSC, ME & Brian Post DSWA Executive Director The Stone Trust VT. 

Congratulations
Level 1 Strip out and rebuild 6' L x 4'.6"H freestanding wall (27 sq ff) in 7 hours

Lisa Tuzo - DSC US Certified, Maryland, (Big thank you for all here help with getting the site up and ready)
Tony Dovidio - Pennsylvania
Suzannah Pace Pennsylvania
Jeremy Bishop - Pennsylvania
Danial Peight - Pennsylvania
Steve Byler - Pennsylvania
Eamon Espey - Maryland ( Big thank you for all the help with palletizing stone for this vent) 

Level 2  - Strip out and rebuild 6' L x 4'.6"H freestanding wall (27 sq ff) including Cheekend - Wallhead in 7 hours.

Ben Peachey - Pennsylvania

Level 3A DSWA & DSC Level 2 Features
Mark Jurus - 54' sqff curved wall and 25 degree sloped wall


The start of any test day is strip out. Pulling the copes in the order you found them. Placing them furthest out standing up. Then the remainder of strip out which should take less than 45 minutes. Then it's onto building the wall. 



Level 2 candidates are required to build and set up their own frames.



Tasty treats to help those through the day.











Level 1 setting frames with examiner Brian Post






First in and one of the highest grades foundations.


The Rockin Walls training center staff and volunteers spent many days and hours to help formulate success for our fellow wallers.  Extra pallets of regional native stone, PA Fieldstone,  Lauren Mountain, Colonial Blue stone and also containers of packing stone. Rockin Walls Training Center received high marks from the examiners. 






Rebuilding. By lunch time you should always be at tie height which is about 18"-20"


Mark Jurus passed level 3A curve feature.
























Examiners Chris and Brain looking over things.




Long day came to a quick end after 7 hours. Thank you gift buckets were handed out to all those who tested. Thank you for giving it your all!


At the end of the day the examiners gave feedback with each section personally or with the group. Well done to everyone!