Tuesday, January 8, 2019

2019 ROCKIN WALLS NEWS FLASH! Start of a New Year

Time flies when you're having fun. Do what makes you happy everyday!

I'm so excited to share with you some of the wonderful things to come.  Along with a few that just happened. Man I'm so pumped for this year..

First NEWS FLASH Workshops are up with PayPal Buttons! More important NEWS - Master Craftsman DSC/DSWA Neil Rippingale from Scotland RETURNS to RW Training Center to teach 2 workshops this Spring April 2019. 

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

• April 26th 2019 - 1 Day Shaping workshop (Friday) $375 W / Neil Rippingale
• April 27-28 2019 2 day (Saturday/Sunday) Freestanding or Cheekend Workshop $450 W / Neil Rippingale

All the information can be found at www.RWTrainingCenter.com

What's new with YouTube? Well this coming year I will be making plans to begin more Video Blogging. Stay tuned and please subscribe. Check out all YouTube  Videos with my Brand New Custom URL - www.youtube.com/c/RockinWalls

My Top 10 favorites! Yes see my all time favorites at the Baker Awards. A site dedicated to Maryland Artist of all types. Each year I list my work under visual arts. I'm a proud Graduate of MICA – Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA - Visual Communication Graphic Design please check out my portfolio along with all the other amazing talent http://bakerartist.org/portfolios/mark-jurus-rockin-walls

Wicked BIG! Yes too large to put into words. I've been having the time of my life creating the most amazing backyard space with multiple landings. I just can't begin to explain. So I will show you as I continue my journey creating. Stay tuned.

My work hits the NEW STANDS. Yes November Brian Post DSWA Mastercraftsman executive director of The Stone Trust, wrote part one of dry laid stone. My 2016 Millers MD Spring house just happen to be the Main article spread. How incredible is that? Thanks Brain for all you do spreading the good word of stone! 

Also at a Website on line you can pick up one of these amazing Dry Laid Stone Calendars from The Stone Trust. Rockin Walls the June centerfold of 2019. Highlighting Nick Balducci owner of 2 Bluestone Quarries in lower New York. You know your having fun when you get to pick any stone you want! See it on YouTube https://youtu.be/PfQMk8ox2ls

To purchase a 2019 calendar $12.00click here: 

2018 I finished out the year with 2 New Levels of Certification - Level 2 Journeyman DSC - Dry Stone Conservancy US and Level 3 Advanced DSWA - Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. For some this might not seem like a news flash but let me explain I'm currently only 1 of 11 to be DSWA Level 3 Advanced in the US. 1 of 11 the US is a big place..... and in addition I'm one of a few to be dual certified.

In order to reach these levels you must build several different stone features, then once you pass those you move to the timed test. For DSC you must strip out and rebuild freestanding wall 4' tall by 10' long measured at center of wall tie stones. = 40 square face feet in 8 hours. For DSWA you must strip out and rebuild a retaining wall 49 square face feet in 7 hours. As Seen at top of this Blog. That's what I call moving. Rockin and a Rolling to get the job done. 

Many thanks to my Wife Teresa for all the support with this Journey, Kim Coggin, George Gunn, Lydia Noble, Jared Flynn, Laurie Lambeth, James Hanson, Chris Tanguay, Brian Post, Dean McLellan and so many more who helped me understand the ins and outs the ups and downs. TEAM WORK ALL THE WAY. 

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