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2016 2-day Fundamentals Workshop

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2018 Spring line-up! 
Rockin Walls Training Center
Home of "Try Before You Buy" Tools

Spring 2018

March 31, 2018 Level 1 (Initial) DSWA Pre-Test Workshop
$285, 1-Day
Friday 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

- Mark Jurus (Maryland) DSWA-GB Instructor, DSC-US Certified 

Gear up to practice and learn what is needed to help you prepare for your level 1 test/Certification. Hands on, tips and tricks with your own section of wall to strip out and rebuild. Are you ready? This workshop doesn't guarantee you will pass your test but it will help show you the confidence to know what is expected. Along with seeing first hand your strengths and weakness prior to testing. There is far less talking and more doing compared to a traditional workshop. Its advised you prepare yourself with key fundamentals of proper dry laid stone building. 


March 31, 2018 Pre-Test Workshop


April 13, 2018 Level 1 and 2 (Initial) DSWA Certification Testing 

$350.00 Level 1 Initial 2 Spots Remain
$420.00 Level 2 Intermediate, 1 Spot Remains

1-Day March 1, 2018 Deadline for Registration
Friday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

The first Dry Stone Walling Association of GB DSWA Testing in our region. Why drive 10 hours when you can stay in your own backyard?  We are extremely excited to provide this amazing opportunity to help those gain certification. The test for Level 1 Initial certification is made up of a Traditional 4 ft high Freestanding Wall. Of which one will have to strip out and rebuild in 7 hours. We advise if you have never taking any Dry Laid Stone Workshop you consider taking a Workshop or A Pre Test Workshop Prior to your test day. 

- Chris Tanguay (Maine) Master Craftsman (Level IV) DSWA-GB, DSC-US  Examiner / Instructor

- Brian Post (Vermont) Master Craftsman (Level IV) DSWA-GB,  Examiner / Instructor, Licensed Landscape Architect VT, Executive Director of The Stone Trust.

Requiredments To Pass:
One must show basic demonstration of the proper dry laid stone techniques of a traditional 4 ft high freestanding wall. Strip down and rebuild 27 sq. ft. within 7 hourS.  Roughly equal to a wall 4" High X 6'.75"  long.  (The square footage is measured on one face.)  The test is done in the presence of a Examiner to meet minimum level I requirements. 

In order to pass you must;
1) Be completed within the 7 hour time requirement. 
2) Obtain the minimum marks in each section. (see Craftsman Cert link below)
3) Have an overall mark of at least 50 out of 100 to receive certification.

Interested?  Please contact if you would like to be placed on our contact list with more info as it becomes available. 

Helpful Certification Links:
From our friends at The Stone Trust in Vermont TST Level 1 DOC Link
Full details of the scheme are available in the Craftsman Certification Scheme booklet.


• April 14-15 Freestanding Wall Workshop 14 Spots Remain
$395 All Levels, Homeowner - Contractor, 2-Day
Saturday - Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

- Chris Tanguay (Maine) Master Craftsman (Level IV) DSWA-GB, DSC-US  Examiner / Instructor
- Mark Jurus (Maryland) DSWA-GB Instructor, DSC-US Certified 

The Freestanding Wall workshop is an Introduction into the basic skills of Dry Stone Masonry. Over two days we will cover the fundamentals of Dry Stone Construction, Theory, History, The Uses of Dry Stone in the present day, How to determine the size of a batter frame for your project, how to set a frame, selecting the right stone for the right place in the wall which develops confidence, efficiency and the importance of rhythm and minimizing unproductive actions, but not at the expense of quality. "Try Before You Buy Tools"


April 14-15 Freestanding Wall Workshop



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

If a participant cancels:
~ More than 21 days prior: 95% Refund.
~ 14-20 days prior: 45% Refund. $25 fee to apple remainder to tuition payment to a different workshop
~ 0-13 days prior: No Refund.

~ Workshop fee is transferrable to another person, for the date reserved. Less $25 admin fee, RWTC must be informed 48 hours in advance.

Rockin Walls Training Center - The only Sponsored center in North America by the leaders in the masonry industry. Offering "Try Before You Buy Tools"

BonTool • Trow & Holden Company • Kraft Tool Co. • Swanson Tool Co. • Pave Tech • Block Sheer • Balducci Blue Stone • Micon Products (Rebit Chisels) • Spartan Tools

Rockin Walls
3000 Rohrbaugh Road
Hampstead MD 21074
443-291-9388 ~

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Where:  Millers, Maryland (outside Hampstead • MAP click here

30 min Cockeysville MD - 45 min from Baltimore MD - 1.5 hours from Washington DC

• CUSTOM GROUP WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE! Custom workshops available to fit your group's needs. No other training center offers the opportunity to work with you to meet your dates and groups needs. As a business owner I know how hard it can be to find time with hectic schedules. 

~ Contractor Workshops are designed for students who have already taken a dry laid stone workshop or have previous masonry experience. These workshops require a bit more speed and energy.

~ All workshops require Team Work. You will be building next to or around others.  Requiring good communication and conscientious safety habits.

~ For those who may not have their own basic mason tools, I will lend you a set for use during the workshop. Do not buy tools for these events. "TRY BEFORE YOU BUY" Tools.  See Our Sponsors Below.

Rockin Walls Is The ONLY Training Center in North America with "TRY BEFORE YOU BUY" Tools program. **

In 2014 Rockin Walls Training Center - hosting the first Dry Stone Workshops (dry stack) in Maryland. Focused on the fundamentals to build a proper Dry Laid Stone Wall.  If you've never taken a workshop now you can without losing a 2 days of drive time.

Why: I (Mark Jurus) have been walling since 2007 and have worked with some of the best stone masons in the world. I'm currently dual certified by the DSC USA and DSWA UK

I felt a need for local workshops that would help people who are interested in the craft of dry laid stone learn without having to travel 7-10 hours. By teaching others the craft of dry laid stone, I continue to pass on a life skill to generations that follow. Learning a craft is not only gratifying but helps to preserve the beauty of our environment using natural stone from mother earth.

Who: Anyone interested in learning the craft of dry laid stone construction. The workshop will focused on those who have little or no experience however experienced masons / hardscapers may find this beneficial as refresher course or as an additional service to offer their clients.
Introductory workshops will teach the basics of a 4 foot freestanding dry laid stone wall using PA fieldstone mixed with other local stones.

The workshop will also teach the basic principles and rules to help guide you in the understanding of the fundamentals of building any dry laid stone construction correctly. Yes without Mortar!

For those of you who would like to build a retaining wall this is a great place to start. Just like learning how to spell words you must first learn the alphabet. 


Support our Sponsors:
Our sponsors have sent loaner tools for our participants to 

**Rockin Walls workshops are proud to be the first and only workshops to offer tools from the Top Mason Suppliers in the USA. 

Click on sponsors logo to go to website. Please tell them Rockin Walls sent you.

 Bon Tool
4430 Gibsonia Road, Gilbsonia, PA 15044, 800-444-7060
To see the full lineup of Bon Tool's at Rockin Walls Workshops
45 South Main Street, Barre, VT 05641 802-476-7221
To see the full lineup of Trow & Holden's at Rockin Walls Workshops

8325 Hedge Lane Terrace, Shawnee, KS 66227 800-422-4848
To see the full lineup of Kraft Tool's at Rockin Walls Workshops

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211 Ontario Street, Franfort,  IL 60423. 815-469-9453


P.O. Box 576, Prior Lake, Minnesota 55372. 800-728-3832

1116 Castle Shannon Blvd, Pittsburgh,  PA 15234. 412-445-0703

18159 Susquehanna Trail South, New Freedom, PA 17349. 410-627-0594


Toll Free in North America: 866-683-1285 
Micon Products Ltd. 1325 Cartwright Street, Granville Island Vancouver BC, Canada V6H 3R7
Phone: (604) 683-1285
Fax: (604) 683-1597



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1098 West Tate Street
Elberton, GA 30635

Toll Free: 800-851-3633 Tel: 706-283-2903
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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.
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