Learn to build/repair a Traditional Dry Stone Wall
Start Date: 02/09/2017
Location: Blackmill, Allanfauld Road, Kilsyth, North Lanarkshire G65 9DE
Phone: 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.
The training courses show you the basic rules of building a strong wall and enforce the learnings with practise 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 huge sense of satisfaction and the knowledge required to build something that will exist for a long time. The physical effort involved is not great - you will be shown techniques to move any heavy stones.
This course will run on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 September 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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