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Learn to build/repair a Traditional Dry Stone Wall
Learn to build/repair a Traditional Dry Stone Wall
Cairniedrouth, Cardross, Dumbarton G82 5EY
01360 311 477

A two-day beginner hands-on course where you rebuild a section of dry stone wall, learning the age old techniques of this satisfying craft.

The origins of building in dry stone, i.e. without the use of mortar, are lost in the mists of antiquity. Walling techniques are defined by the stone available, hence Scottish walls are crafted a little differently to other regions of the UK.

The West of Scotland Dry Stone Walling Association is a charity with two main aims - to promote the craft and to give something back to the community by building Dry stone features for all to enjoy. They run around three courses a year.

The training courses show you the basic rules of building a strong wall and enforce the learnings with practice over two days. Afterwards you should be able to build or rebuild your own walls to enhance your outside spaces. If you wish, you can also continue enhancing your skills by joining the WSDSWA and taking on more advanced projects, with the opportunity to gain accredited, vocational certifications in association with Lantra Awards.

Most attendees go along for a fun weekend, to try out something new. All leave with a sense of satisfaction that what they've built will stay around for a long, long time - WSDSWA don't undo your work at Cardross - it becomes a permanent part of a working wall. The physical effort involved is not great - you will be shown techniques to move any heavy stones.

This course will run on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 June 2017 and will cost £60 for the weekend. Bring stout shoes, wet weather clothes and some cheap, industrial gloves. More info on the training and details of how to book can be found on the WSDSWA website.

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