2016 2-day Fundamentals Workshop

Rockin Walls Workshop Training Center 

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

If a participant cancels:
~ More than 14 days prior: 100% refund.
~ 4-14 days prior: 50% refund.
~ 0-3 days prior: no refund.
~ Workshop fee must be used for the date reserved.  Fees may not be ‘saved’ and transferred to another date.

~ Workshop fee is transferrable to another person, for the date reserved.

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

SPRING 2017 

Brings an all New Line-up of Professional Instructors to Rockin Walls Training Center-you don't want to miss out on!

Join renowned waller Neil Rippingale from Scotland for two action packed 2 day workshops!

NEIL RIPPINGALE  - Scotland Master Craftsman DSWA-UK, DSC-USA Examiner

Neil started his career in dry stone work more than 30 years ago in his homeland of Scotland, working alongside an old craftsman who had been working on walls and intricate structures for over 50 years and his father before that. Although at first it was a hobby for Neil, it soon fast tracked into his livelihood. As a Master Craftsman registered with the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA), Neil's exemplary skills and expertise in Training, Project Leadership, Assessment and Consultation work has taken him to countries all over the world, working on projects in Australia, Switzerland, Scotland, England, Nova Scotia and more recently has worked and visited 40 States throughout America.

Neil was the first person to receive the DSWA Pinnacle Award over 24 years ago for his work on the Black House on the Isle of Harris. 

In 2010 Neil also received the Askins Achievement Award presented by the Preservation Trades Network for his contribution to the Trades Industry through out America.

DSWA / DSC Master Craftsman Neil Rippingale
Neil's Training skills are legendary and with his personality and his incredible passion for stone and stone work in all its forms passes on to his Trainees which is inspiring indeed. To date, Neil has trained over 6,720 Trainees in 28 years of teaching, Neil says he can't remember all their names but there are some names and some trainees that he will never forget!!!

Formerly The Training Program Manager of the DSC KY


Contractor Workshop $350, Advance Level, 2-Day 

March 30-31 2017 Thursday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
(Full~ email for standby spot
(must have masonry skills, taken several dry laid stone workshops or be a professional waller) 

Lead Instructor Neil Rippingale, on-site Mark Jurus - DSWA / DSC

The Contractor workshop will involve, two walling styles Vertical Walling along with building with Irregular Random Stone. Structures will incorporating building special features such as lintels over tree roots, Obstacles such as boulders and much more.  Neil will explain the When, Where and How to Build with Stone on angle and vertical, demonstrations and the opportunity to cut and shape stone including tool maintenance and using the right tool for the right task at hand. Bonus add ons may include thermal stone, feather and wedges, the use of construction equipment. The workshop may not be limited to the content listed above. The assessment along with wish list included for sign up will dictate the pace, speed and level of this workshop. You won’t be disappointed. "Try Before You Buy Tools"


Freestanding Wall Workshop $350 All Levels, 2-Day 

April 1-2 2017 Saturday - Sunday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
(Full email for standby spot)

Certified Instructors Neil Rippingale and Mark Jurus - DSWA IC/ DSC, on-site Mark Peachey DSWA IC

The Free Standing 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 make 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"

WOW - Women Only Workshop

Join us for an All Women's Workshop with the first U.S. Woman Instructor ~ Kim Coggin

Kim Coggin - Johnstown, PA   DSWA Level 2 & Instructor
Kim has been building dry stone walls and structures since 2008.  Kim started working with stone shortly after relocating to Pennsylvania from the Southeast.  She fell in love with the numerous covered bridges, stone walls, furnaces, and other historical artifacts in Pennsylvania.  Kim is also an avid faux artist and muralist.  In addition to her technical training in stone, her training in the arts give Kim a unique and profound perspective on the artistic aspects inherent in dry stone creation.

Kim currently holds a Level Two Certificate from the DSWA, is a Certified Instructor, and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for The Stone Trust in Vermont.

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Freestanding Wall ~ PA Fieldstone $350All Levels, 2-Day 

April 22-23 2017, Saturday - Sunday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Lead Instructor Kim Coggin DSWA IC, assisted by Lisa Tuzo DSC waller
on-site if needed ~ Jerry Coggin DSWA IC, Mark Jurus - DSWA IC / DSC

Join us along with Instructor Kim Coggin for this special weekend workshop designed specifically for women. Alongside other women interested in the craft of dry laid stone, you will learn the necessary skills to build a 4' Freestanding wall with PA Field Stone and other local stone. PA fieldstone is a local stone to our region which can be purchased at any stone yard in and around the surrounding states. Introductory workshops will teach the basics of a 4 foot freestanding dry laid stone wall. Kim will cover key rules and principles of building a proper dry laid stone structure. In addition the use of small tools, safety, job planning, wall frames, terminology and so much more. "Try Before You Buy Tools"  SEE IMAGES BELOW ~~

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

Deposits are refundable (less a $50 cancellation fee) If notified two weeks prior to the first day of your workshop. Payments are otherwise nonrefundable.

• Lodging • click here

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

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

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. 

Can't make these dates? Or want a different workshop - please call or email me with your request.

~ 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" See Our Sponsors Below.

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

• Learn The Trade •  Share The Craft • Become a Certifier Waller

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 free standing 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. 

Other Workshops/Testing sites The Stone Trust located in Vermont USA. 


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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
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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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Mark Jurus, DSWA certified, Instructor, baltimore, dry stone workshop maryland 2014, Take a workshop, dsc, dry stack stone, mason, landscaping, training, drystone,  dry stone, stone trust, conservancy, education. women only workshops,

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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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