Friday and Saturday, May 12 & 13, 2017 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The workshop will be led by Master Craftsman Neil Rippingale. Neil will be traveling direct from Scotland to lead this workshop, and brings years of expertise from building and restoring stone walls around the world. Neil has worked with the park on stone wall projects for several years, and is an engaging and informative instructor in dry stone wall building, restoration, and repair. Don’t miss out on this rare chance to learn from the best!
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Weir Farm National Historic Site will host a two day hands-on stone wall workshop on
The workshop is designed for enthusiasts and masons with little to no previous dry stone experience who would like to gain a basic understanding of this beautiful and practical craft. It’s a great opportunity to learn some skills to restore stone walls in your own yard, while also volunteering in your local national park. The pace will be comfortable as participants learn the fundamental skills needed to repair and restore dry stone walls using native stone.
This is a two-day hands-on training event which also includes a brief classroom introduction to the “four basic principles and five golden rules” of dry stone construction. Participants should be physically able to lift, bend, and kneel, and should bring work gloves, sturdy footwear, clothing that is appropriate for outdoor work, a water bottle, and a brown bag lunch. Drinking water will be provided. This workshop is appropriate for participants ages 16 and up.
The workshop is free, however it is limited to twelve participants and advance registration is required. To register or for more information, call 203-834-1896 ext. 11.