Date:September 23, 2017
Time:9:00am - 5:00pm

DRY STONE WORKSHOP: Eco-Friendly Landscape Design

Instructor:  John Shaw-Rimmington

September 23 and 24, 9am – 5pm

Price: $315 for members, $350 non-members

6 min / 15 max

Workshop location will be the front yard of the Arts Center at 314 John Street, Clayton.

Have you ever admired those beautiful stone walls you see in the British countryside gardens, the grand stone arches that add so much to an entryway, or a majestic stone bench that seems to have been there forever?  Historically, dry stone walls and structures are found in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Great Britain.  They are also known as dykes, drystane, stone fence and stone hedge rows – all built without mortar as an adhesive. This traditional “lost art” is becoming very popular again for their beauty, but also because they create wildlife shelters, prevent erosion, and create a mini ecosystem for root protection in gardens.  

This workshop will show you how to design and build this kind of eco-friendly structure so you can enhance your own property.  The focus of this class will be on designing and building a bench or seating area that is natural and functional.  In a very hands-on way, students will learn about traditional dry laid construction, the use of proper masonry tools, and the basics of structural masonry without mortar.

Students please wear steel-toed shoes/boots, work gloves, and safely glasses.  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.

On Friday evening there will be a slide show presentation about dry laid structures from 6 - 7 pm at the TILT meeting room (135 John Street, right behind RAKS).  Free and open to the public. 


This two-day workshop is a collaborative project with the Thousand Islands Arts Center (TIAC) and the Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT), both Clayton non-profit organizations.  Stone for this project is generously provided by Bach & Co.



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