Learn the Craft of Dry-Laid Stone Masonry!
Rock Fence Workshop
Weir Farm National Historic Site
July 27th & 28th, 2013 (Saturday & Sunday)
Sponsored by the National Park Service, Weir Farm National Historic Site
Wilton and Ridgefield, Connecticut: Weir Farm National Historic Site will host a two day hands-on stone wall workshop on Saturday July 27 and Sunday July 28 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The workshop will be led by Master Craftsman Neil Rippingale of Dry Stone Conservancy with assistance from the park’s Natural and Cultural Resources Manager, Greg Waters. Neil has traveled the world building stone walls, and is an engaging and informative instructor in dry stone wall building, restoration, and repair. Greg has been successfully leading stone wall workshops at the Weir Farm National Historic Site for over a decade. Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to learn from the best!
The workshop will be a hands-on training event where participants learn the craft all while contributing to our nation’s incredible drystone heritage of building enduring stone structures without the use of any mortar. The workshop is designed for enthusiasts and masons with little to no previous drystone experience who would like to gain a basic understanding of this beautiful and practical craft. The pace will be comfortable as participants learn the fundamental skills needed to repair and restore drystone walls using native stone. The workshop will focus on rebuilding portions of the free-standing fences on the property which are built with rounded local stone.
About Weir Farm National Historic Site
Weir Farm National Historic Site, the only National Park Service site dedicated to American painting, was home to three generations of American artists including Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism. Today, the 60-acre park, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, is one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes of American art. For more information about Weir Farm National Historic Site, please visit www.nps.gov/wefa or call 203-834-1896.
The workshop includes a brief classroom introduction to the “four basic principles and five golden rules” of dry stone construction followed by hands-on instruction for the remainder of the time. The workshop is limited to twelve participants and advance registration is required. Due to generous sponsorship by the National Park Service, the fee for this two-day workshop is only $200 (Conservancy workshops are normally $300). A deposit of $100 is required to guarantee your spot. Participants should bring work gloves, sturdy footwear, clothing that is appropriate for outdoor work, a water bottle and a brown bag lunch. Drinking water and tools will be provided.
This two-day workshop fee is only $200.00! The fee includes a copy of our training manual Building and Repairing Dry Stone Fences & Retaining Walls to be handed out on the first day of the workshop, plus online access prior to the workshop for viewing our training video Walls of Stone: Building and Repairing Rock Fences and Retaining Walls.
To register for the workshop, please download and mail the enclosed registration form WEIRFARM-DSC2013WSRegistrationForm along with a $100.00 deposit to hold your spot. We accept payment in the form of cash, check and money order. We will send an initial confirmation within a few days receipt of your deposit as well as a final confirmation letter a week prior to the workshop with detailed instructions and directions to the workshop site.
You may fax your registration form to hold a spot; however we must receive your deposit within three days to guarantee it. We greatly appreciate knowing well in advance if you are unable to attend so we can offer your spot to another person on the waiting list. Deposits are refundable (less a $25 cancellation fee) only if we hear from you by July 22nd. Deposits are otherwise nonrefundable.
Please be aware the number of participants is limited and the Conservancy’s workshops are often fully booked several weeks in advance. We strongly recommend you reply quickly in order to guarantee your spot!