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NEW DATES 2020
Not Pre-registers for a workshop - interested? Email me ~  Mark@RockinWalls.com

JUNE 13 Fundamental Building Skills Workshop $195 (FULL)
Saturday 1-Day  8:30 am - 4:30 pm, All Levels, Homeowner - Contractor

JUNE 27 Flatwork / Patio Workshop $195- (2 spots remain)
Saturday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - All Levels, Homeowner - Contractor

JULY 11-12 Freestanding Wall Workshop $395 - (2 spots remain)
Saturday & Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm  All Levels, Homeowner - Contractor

All workshops will be repeated come fall 2020 and spring 2021
Forms: Click Here -->> Workshop Release Forms   Please review all required forms before signing up for workshop(s) / Certification. You will be required to download, sign and mail / email forms with your payment. Mark@RockinWalls.com 
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JUNE 13 Fundamental Building Skills Workshop $195
• Mark Jurus (Maryland) Advanced (Level 3) DSWA-GB - Journeyman (Level 2) DSC-US/ Instructor DSWA-GB.

NOTE: This workshop does not include hands on building a stone wall.  That workshop would be the Freestanding Wall Workshop.


This is our most in demand workshop every year. We highly recommend this workshop to everyone even if you're a contractor. Learn all about different wall frames, how to use them, build them and why you need them. What is a batter and why. This workshop will be hands on how to build 2 styles of foundations with the best tools for the job. Basic overview of tools of the trade. How and when to best use them and with what types of stone. Last but not  least how to read stone and how to put it to the best use. Hands on sorting and palletizing material. 

BUT WAIT THERE'S MORE!!!.... Assessing Space, Planning, and Wall terminology. Learning the Fundamentals are the starting point for any waller. A skill set which will be needed for any project regardless of size. 

I created this course because I believed you can't read this in a book and understand the most important parts of walling. "The Back End". Rockin Walls was the first to offer this workshop in 2016 in the US. - Why because you can't begin to spell words if you don't understand the alphabet. Don't belittle the basics. You'll be ready to rock at any future workshops. Accelerating learning is priceless. 

Note: This workshop is 50/50 How To vs Hands On. Remember you can't learn it all in a day.

HIGHLY SUGGEST THIS WORKSHOP BEFORE TAKING ANY OTHER WALLING WORKSHOPS!!!! or even if you have.
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JULY 11-12 Freestanding Wall Workshop $395-
Saturday & Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm  All Levels, Homeowner - Contractor

Forms: Click Here -->> Workshop Release Forms   Please review all required forms before signing up for workshop(s) / Certification. You will be required to download, sign and mail / email forms with your payment. Mark@RockinWalls.com 
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• Mark Jurus (Maryland) Advanced (Level 3) DSWA-GB - Journeyman (Level 2) DSC-US/ Instructor DSWA-GB.

• Martin Beevers(England/Nashville, TennesseeIntermediate (Level 2) / Instructor  DSWA-GB


Freestanding Wall Workshop is an introduction into the basic skills of Dry Laid Stone Construction. This workshop is one of the most commonly taught classes worldwide. Over two days we will cover the proper fundamental methods outlined by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain DSWA-GB. 

Are you considering the path of certification? Understand why you should in the video below by Brian Post DSWA Examiner Master Craftsman.  The freestanding wall workshop is the place to start your journey.  You will learn the proper process of what is involved in a DSWA level 1 test by strip out and rebuild of a freestanding wall. (DSWA Level 1 6'L x 4'.5" H wall stripped out and rebuilt in 7 hours.)  A workshop is a great place to work at a comfortable pace learning the steps for success. 


All workshops are a simple and easy pace with no heavy lifting, plenty of stone and a beautiful scenic environment with horses grazing in the background. 


What you will learn:


• Proper dry laid stone methods

• Strip out, organizing and rebuilding of existing wall 
• Sorting and selecting the right stone for the right place
• Basic tools - overview & demonstration - Hammer and Chisels
• Feather and wedging overview & demonstration (great technique for making caps, tie stones, steps and much more)
• Walking Tour of on-site examples of dry laid stone walls (discussion) 
• Safety, tools, worksite, equipment
• Possible Demo & Operation of Mini Skid Steer (participation is optional)
• Optional - Slideshow presentation Saturday end of day (Dependent on interest level)


Stone type: Flat bedded sandstone local to region. Wall stone including Laurel Mountain, Colonial Blue Stone and PA fieldstone to name a few.

This workshop is also great for those who are interested in Retaining Walls. A freestanding wall is the same fundamental principles. 

(Note: this workshop will be a strip out and rebuild of an existing wall. Some tools will be covered in this workshop.)


JUNE 27 Flatwork / Patio Workshop $195-
Saturday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - All Levels, Homeowner - Contractor

Forms: Click Here -->> Workshop Release Forms   Please review all required forms before signing up for workshop(s) / Certification. You will be required to download, sign and mail / email forms with your payment. Mark@RockinWalls.com 
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• FlatworkAll Levels, Homeowner - Contractor, 1-Day
The first flatwork workshop offered at RW Training Center in 2016.  With Colonial Blue stone from our sponsor Balducci Stone yard @ Maryland line.  Hand picked from New York Quarries.

The focus of the workshop covers:
• 2 methods of base
• 2 types of stone Colonial  Blue stone - 1) Squares and Rectangles 2) Irregular stand up
• 3 methods of edging
• Equipment / Tools which will maybe demonstrated, walk behind plate compactor, gas cut off saw, feather and wedges with a hammer drill, stone splitter.
• Safety of equipment / tool handling and operation.
• Tricks and tips of basic hand tools for the job
• How to draw your own square and rectangles - pattern
• Determining dig depth for excavating
• Sub-base, Geogrid, Base, Sand




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REFUND POLICY FOR WORKSHOPS

If Rockin Walls cancels a Workshop:
~ Full refund will be paid to all enrolled participants.

If a participant cancels:
More than 21 days prior: 95% Refund.
14-20 days prior: 45% Refund. $25 fee to apple remainder to tuition payment to a different workshop
0-13 days prior: No Refund.
~ NOTE: Package Combo's will be charged the full price if only part of package is attended - refund will be minus the discount received for the full package.


~ Workshop fee is transferable to another person, for the date reserved. A $25 admin fee will apply. RWTC must be informed 48 hours in advance.
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