The mission of The Rockin Walls Training Center is to preserve, teach, and share the craft of dry laid stone. Certified training and test site by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA) Located in Hampstead Maryland USA. Established in 2014. Home of "Try Before you Buy" - Tools. The only training center sponsored by the leading mason manufactures in the USA.
Oct 19-20, 2019 - 2 day (Saturday/Sunday) Freestanding Wall Workshop $450
All Levels, Homeowner - Contractor, 2-Day
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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
• Demo - Operate - Mini Skid Steer Ditch Witch SK850 (participation is optional)
• Possible 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.)
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Rockin Walls Training Center is a proud supporter of The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain DSWA-GB. Our training site is committed to both training and certification. In 2018 we offered our first Level 1 & Level 2 certification. Stay tuned as we prepare to announce another Level 1, 2 & 3 certification test date in October of 2020. If you wish to reserve a space,
Contact Mark@RockinWalls.com Subject 2020 DSWA Certification reservation.
If you would like to understand why Certification is Key - Please take the time to watch the YouTube Video below. Brian Post explains in depth the value and importance of the DSWA Certification.
We highly encourage all those interested in Level 1 to sign up for a Freestanding Wall Workshop. Hands on over and over will help you gain the confidence and understanding.
Read more about the 4 levels of DSWA certification: CLICK HERE
DSWA Mastercraftsman/Examiner Brian Post (Vermont) explains the benefits of certification
Rockin Walls Training Center - The onlySponsored center in North America by the leaders in the masonry industry. Offering "Try Before You Buy Tools"