Workshops 2023

Workshops Are Back for 2023! 2022 has come and gone. We are excited to get back to our spring and fall workshops this coming year. While many training sites have considerably raised their prices, we have not and we offer the best value for your money. We believe everyone should be able to afford to learn a new trade. Not to mention, our workshops allow you to work with regional stone...a bonus!

~ 11/17/2023 (Friday) Fundamental Workshop 1 day $200- HIGHLY SUGGEST THIS WORKSHOP WITH THE 2 DAY! (This is not a workshop where you will be building a stone wall!)
7 (out of 10) Spots Remain

11/18-19/2023 (Saturday-Sunday) Freestanding Wall Workshop 2 day $450-
7 (out of 10) Spots Remain

11/17-19/2023 Combo Deal $600-(Includes BOTH above workshops - Save $50)
7 (out of 10) Spots Remain

Limited spaces available

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

If a participant cancels Payment by check:
~ More than 21 days prior: 100% Refund.
~ 14-20 days prior: Full Refund less $25 cancellation fee.
~ 0-13 days prior: No Refund.

Check payable to:
Rockin Walls
3000 Rohrbaugh Road, Hampstead MD 21074
Your spot is secured if your check has cleared our bank account. We will not hold any spots without payment. 

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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 Jurus (Maryland) Advanced (Level 3) DSWA-GB - Journeyman (Level 2) DSC-US/ Instructor DSWA-GB.


Nov 17, 2023
Fundamental Learning Skills Workshop (This is not a workshop where you will be building a stone wall!) 1 Day Workshop 1-Day  8:30 am - 4:00 pm, All Levels, Homeowner -Contractor

NOTE: This workshop does not include hands on building a stone wall.  That workshop would be the Freestanding Wall Workshop. This workshop is 50/50 How To vs Hands On. Remember you can't learn it all in a day.

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. 


• Foundation build with needed tools for the job
• How to build a wall frame
• Designing wall
• Stone types and volume needed for a project
• Tie and use string lines
• Reading stone by picking and sort bulk stone onto correct piles
• Overviews of tools
• Feather and Wedging
• Much Much More

Nov 18-19,2023
Free Standing Wall Workshop 2 Day Workshop 
2-Day  8:30 am - 4:00 pm, All Levels, Homeowner - Contractor

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 section a your own "V" section both sides down to below tie stone. Keeping safe distance from those next to you. 
• 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)
• Foundation is not covered in this workshop at this time - suggest fundamental workshop.

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.)



Not Pre-registers for a workshop - interested? Email me ~

1 comment:

  1. I've really enjoyed looking over some of your educational posts. Great site. If you decide to do any workshops that don't fall on a Sunday, or find you have time you'd like to fill with a 1 day instruction session, I would very much be interested.
    Rock on.
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