Registration is now open for the first of two freestanding dry stone wall workshop weekends scheduled to take place at Trail Conference Headquarters in Mahwah, N.J, this spring. These workshops, held in partnership with The Stone Trust from Dummerston, Vt., will take place at our new HQ at the historic Darlington Schoolhouse April 15-17 and May 28-30. The third day of each course is optional to learn about worksite prep and management. All skill levels are invited to participate.
The purpose of these workshops is to to construct a dry stone wall along the front of our new HQ at the historic Darlington Schoolhouse and expose the art and craft of dry stone walling to the larger Trail Conference community and our partners. Our thanks goes to Ramapo College of New Jersey, which has donated local fieldstone for the project, and Legacy Stoneworks, Inc. / The Hillburn Granite Company, Inc., which has donated quarried stone for the wall.
Our partner in this project, The Stone Trust, advocates for the preservation of existing dry stone walls and promotes using the correct structural standards for the construction and restoration of dry stone walls. The instruction for this workshop will be led by three of the top Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB) Certified Dry Stone Walling Instructors in North America.
We’ll be updating this blog, as well as our calendar of events and Trail University page, throughout the winter with news on these workshops, registration details for the May courses, and more. Stay tuned… and don’t forget to register for the April courses today!