Friday, May 21, 2010

Dry Stone Walling Workshop

Stone Wall Workshop
with Chuck Eblacker & Andy Loudon
At The Harley School
Saturday, June 12 and Sunday June 13, 2010
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Join local stone waller, Chuck Eblacker, of Eblacker & Stone, and his guest from the UK, awarding winning waller Andrew Loudon. A Rochester first, this hands on workshop will be instructed by two accredited and professional Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA) wallers. Chuck is one of only a handful of Americans to hold an Advanced certificate from the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. Eblacker has taught dry stone walling workshops throughout the Northeast.
His one of a kind dry stone constructions in the Rochester area have been featured in local and national publications. Andy Loudon is the DSWA UK Chief Examiner and current winner of Britain's top honor in dry stone walling, the Pinnacle Award. He has also done some walling in conjunction with noted Environmental artist, Andy Goldsworthy. Experts in their field, Chuck Eblacker and Andy Loudon will teach a two day weekend long workshop on the art of dry stone wall building. The workshop will be held at the Harley School Veggie Garden this summer, June 12th and 13th. An evening presentation
on dry stone walls with slides for participants and friends is planned for Saturday night.

Participants will learn the basic principles of wall building, from establishing foundations, to the methods of dry laid (sometimes called dry-stacked) construction and ‘hearting’ the wall, laying of 'throughstones' and coping the wall. If desired, more advanced instruction can be provided for those with higher skill levels. Participants will work together to complete a dry stone wall from start to finish. This hands-on workshop will address not only the structure and principles behind wall building but also the aesthetic considerations of balance and proportion. Students should expect to take away a knowledge of the structural techniques involved in the building of a dry stone wall that will prepare them for there own projects and help train their eyes to identify proper walling techniques in all walls.

Participants should bring a lunch, gear for inclement weather, sturdy shoes, work gloves, safety glasses and tools, if you have them. Morning coffee, snacks and water will
be provided. The cost for the two-day workshop is $300. For more informatio: 585-233-5320.
Chuck Eblacker and Andy Loudon Walling Workshop
When: June 12th & 13th, 2010 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Harley School Vegetable Garden