Wednesday, December 24, 2014

2015 Workshop Schedule @ The Stone Trust in VT USA

As I work to get my 2015 Rockin Walls Workshop schedule together I wanted to take a moment to ask everyone to share and pass on this information.

Please help others see all the wonderful workshops that are happing At The Stone Trust located at 707 Kipling Road Dummerston, VT 05301

For more info check out their website.

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The Stone Trust is the only Training Center in the USA offering the largest group of DSWA Certified Instructors under one roof.  This is a great benefit to participants giving the opportunity of diversity. 

DSWA Certified Instructor Brian Post

DSWA Master Craftsman Dean McLellan
APRIL 11, 2015 SAT. 
Indoor workshop – Contractor Focused
Brian Post, of Springfield VT
One day workshops cost $240, and run 8:30am-4:30pm.

MAY 9-10, 2015 SAT-SUN. 
Spring Outdoor 2 Day Workshop
Chris Tanguay of Yarmouth ME  (Certified DSWA & DSC Master Craftsman) , and Dean McLellan of Holstein Ontario. (Certified DSWA Master Craftsman)

Indoor Workshop – Test Prep Focused
Seth Harris, of Springfield VT
One day workshops cost $240, and run 8:30am4:30pm.
Two day workshops cost $340

MAY 11, 2015 MONDAY
May Certification Day 2015
DSWA Certified Instructor Seth Harris

Instructors Certification Course
Two day workshops cost $340

DSWA Certified Instructor's Kim and Jerry Coggin
MAY 23, 2015 SAT. 
Woman’s One Day Indoor Workshop
Kim Coggin, of Johnstown PA
(This workshop is open to women only)
One day workshops cost $240, and run 8:30am-4:30pm.

JUNE 21, 2015 SAT. 
Indoor Workshop – Father’s Day Edition
Open to everyone!
One day workshops cost $240, and run 8:30am-4:30pm.

SEPT. 12-13, 2015 SAT-SUN. 
Fall 2-Day Outdoor Workshop
Two day workshops cost $340

SEPT. 14, 2015 MONDAY
September Certification Day 2015

Learn The Trade
Share The Craft
Become A CERTIFIED DSWA WALLER ................... Today!

DSWA Dry Stone Walling Association UK, the home of the oldest known dry laid stone walls in the world.

Dry Stone, Dry Stack Stone, Dry Laid Stone, Workshops, The Stone Trust, DSWA, DSC, Dry Stone Conservancy, 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Becoming a Dry Stone Mason - Interview with DSWA Master Craftsman, Stephen Harrison, UK

Mark Jurus Interviews DSWA Master Craftsman Stephen Harrison, North Yorkshire, UK at StoneWurx 2012. Stephen talks about becoming a Dry Stone Mason. He reviews the basic principles and rules used in the craft of proper dry laid stone construction. (Dry Stack)

Thursday, December 4, 2014

How To - Set Large Steps /Cap Stones W/Magic Wedges

Recently I finished up some steps and cap stones. On this project I realized I needed a better mouse trap to help me with this job of placing 44 2'w x 3'l x 2'.5"-3'.5"h. Each stone weight in around 150-250 pounds. Just enough to make these easy to move but not really. 

I started with moving the stones into place with my dingo and PVC 1" pipes to roll them around. 

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This second step I placed a string line on my rebar across going back so I had a quick reference for my height. The chalk line on the first steps just gives me my placement for my over hang edge. 

This is what I found in my work trailer for my better mouse trap. I had made these to help me adjust my arch frame (seen below) to make it level. 

They didn't work as I planned since I made the angle to steep. So they just sat, and sat and sat some more in my trailer un-used. With out a purpose they felt left out. Until now!!

I had cut 2 2x4's and screwed them together making wood wedges.

I use them by place them under the stone that I need to set. First to help me to get to my height. Next I slide them in or out in order to help level off the stone (or pitch the stone down for water run off)

I use a level on top to check to make sure the stone is set level. With the string line across I can easily get the stone to the correct height with minimal guess work or measuring over and over again. Wait theres more - Yes your right thats children's play chalk! You caught me.!! Sometimes I get board working alone so I leave myself notes like - Good Job keep up the great work or I just play Tic Tack Toe. - No just kidding only to help make removable markings.  Little self motivation on rainy days could be nice. O wait it will just wash away : (

Now when all else fails I just get the big arms out to do all my heavy lifting. Yes I do have a thumb on this machine - Some times the strap is just a softer solution for placement. Now if you don't have one of these amazing machines to assist you maybe an extra person will do the job or just roll them into place. I place large boards down on my wall to protect the small stones during placement. Then I place my caps down. First in order for me to see what needs to be cut, trimmed or modified before wedging them up. Notice my collection of wood boards just incase my wooden wedges are not tall enough. I place extra wood or stone underneath then build up with stone under the cap/step then slide my wedge in to give me the chance to fit the last of my stone in under to cap/step stone. 

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So let me recap since I missed the most important part stone under the cap. 1) Roll cap/step stone into place. 2) Lift stone to height with wedges. 3) Use wedges to adjust stone to level or pitch down for water run off. 4) MISSED content -Place stone under the caps/step stone in order to fill the voids with correct sizes stones typically needing to be tapped in. Helping to make good contact to help set the stone on top of the wall. Now I could talk more about this subject but I have another blog that does just that. I just wanted to share my Better Mouse Trap - The Wooden Wedge. Of course this is just my madness of how I do it. 

What's yours?

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