Monday, June 14, 2010

More Dry-Laid Stone Wall Classes—Sara's Garden Center

Submitted by Sara's Garden Center

Stone Wall Seminars 2010

The following is the schedules for the 2010 season of our weekend-long dry stonewall construction classes. We are offering 3 sessions this season; two with local stone craftsman Scott George and one with John Shaw-Rimmington.

June 26th & 27th, August 14th & 15th and September 18th & 19th.

Each weekend session will take you through the entire process of constructing a stone wall utilizing the dry laid method. Each day’s class begins at 9 a.m. and goes till 5 p.m. with a break for a provided lunch each day.

June 26th & 27th – Class will be held at an old farm house on Gordon Road near the Ogden/Sweden border and will be led by Scott George. Scott has worked on several walls there along with a few other projects, including a rustic fire place. In keeping with the work that already exists on the property, this project will cover the basics needed to construct a simple, country wall with local stone. Class size is limited to 7 people.

August 14th & 15th – This class will be held at the same location on Gordon Road and will also be led by Scott George. We’re hoping to cover corner construction in this session. Class size is limited to 7 people.

We decided to change the venue and number of students for the first 2 sessions to offer some more in -depth time, really allowing you ‘one on one’ work with Scott. He has a very creative style, while still being technically in tune to the art of the construction. There is a lot to be gained from being able to work with him and glean some of his insights from working so intimately in the medium. We also felt that the atmosphere at the nursery during the busy seasons of spring and summer might be a little too intrusive.

September 18th & 19th – Our final class will be held at the nursery; you may have seen last year’s wall near our barn. It is incredible and it was all done by our 12 amazing students! This session will be led by John Shaw-Rimmington of the Canadian Dry Stone Wall Association. Another unique personality in the world of stone, John has traveled across the country and the world, learning, teaching and fulfilling what is truly a lifelong purpose in sharing the magic of stone wall creation. Again, times are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with a provided lunch both days and a class limit of 10. Check out the DSWA.CA site for photos of last year’s event and see more of John’s work.

Last year’s schedule was sold out very early. Each weekend is $300.00 with a deposit of $150.00 required to reserve your space. Cancellations are accepted with a full refund if notice is given at least 5 days before the event.

You will want a pair of sturdy gloves and if you have any of your own tools (chisels, hammer, etc) you can bring them as well. Classes will go on rain or shine! Best to come prepared for any weather issues: rain coat, dry socks, gloves, shorts/pants, t-shirts/sweaters, etc. We do have tents that will be utilized as needed to keep you as dry or as cool as we can. These stone wall guys are troopers and not much puts them off in terms of conditions. We will provide lunch around noon. We will also have beverages and snacks to keep you going throughout the day. You can email (kkepler AT rochester DOT rr DOT com) for more detail or to register.

Submitted by Sara's Garden Center

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