Dry Stone Walling Workshops
Dry stone walling is one of the world’s most ancient crafts. It is a construction method used throughout the world. The product of a skilled craftsman can last for centuries.
New workshops to be announced for 2024 at our
Southern Highlands training venue
Do you want to throw rocks into a pile or learn how to build a proper dry stone wall with a qualified instructor? Come away from this workshop with the skills and appreciation for proper dry stone walling techniques developed over thousands of years. You will never look at a dry stone wall the same way again. Our workshops are delivered for people at all levels. We give the participants the knowledge, skills and experience to not only build their own wall project, but to be able to critique dry stone work. So, before you start your own project or hire a contractor, equip yourself with the knowledge on basic dry stone walling techniques. This will save you time and a lot of money.
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Comments from previous workshop participants
Thank you for a great weekend, the knowledge you bestowed upon me and the professional manner in which everything was presented and conducted. So good to be in your company and the group of future Dry Stone Wallers!!
The challenge lies ahead!!
Stay well Peter
Thanks so much for running such an interesting, practical course on drystone walling. Your love of the craft is palpable and infectious. Your content, presentation, venue and participants were all fantastic. Well done. - Kate
I'm so happy with the course, I certainly learnt a lot in just the two days. If I'm involved in building any in the future I'll make sure to send some photos through for your own curiosity. - Michael
Thanks for awesome experience of DSW workshop, Dan and I enjoyed and got a lot out of it. - Antho
Thanks for the photos. Everything turned out so well, as far as we are concerned. I am looking forward to carrying on with the walling in the weeks ahead. I have put together a collection of the photos I took, plus a 15 minute compilation of the videos as well. They are accessible via a Google Photos album by clicking on the following link https://photos.app.goo.gl/WkoVZdKsketCqHsu9
You can copy this link and paste it into other emails to give access to others. - Barry
It is very rare that I remain engaged in any physical activity for longer than fifteen minutes, yet having survived your course for two full days is testament to your ability to share your love and skills of your art at a level that has even the likes of me enthralled. As I sit here four days later still aching in every muscle and looking at the photo of the finished wall, I am infused with the warm glow of achievement that I was part of something unique. For this I thank you.
PS. The rock cakes were excellent. - Mervyn
Thanks again for a great weekend! Learned a lot, and didn’t even throw my back out… Appreciate all you taught us, and I dare say we will be in touch to talk about some walls down at our land in Little Hartley in due course. - Cheers Mac
Modern dry stone walling is used for landscaping, garden walls, boundary fences and as a decorative design feature. The use of local stone blends the wall into the natural environment.
Our two-day workshops offer ‘hands on’ and theoretical training in the skill of dry stone walling for gardeners, do-it-yourself enthusiasts and professional landscapers. Corporate team building workshops and private tuition or courses are also available upon request.
$440 pp inc. GST + small booking fee
Gift vouchers also available.
Workshop includes - Sat./Sun 7.45am - 4.00pm
• Full tuition and guidance x 2 Instructors
• Introduction and course notes
• History of dry stone walling
• Slide presentation on various styles and applications of dry stone walling
• Advice and access to further information
• Use of tools and gloves (bring your own safety glasses)
• Certificate and class photo on completion
• Tea, coffee, light refreshments, lunch and Saturday night dinner (Camping accommodation, hot showers and Saturday night dinners for those staying.) BYO tent.
Your Lead Instructor
Geoff Duggan is Australia's only Master Craftsman, Advanced Instructor and Examiner under the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain's Craftsman Certification scheme. He is Australia's most qualified and experienced instructor having delivered more than 145 workshops over the last 25 years.
Also visit the links below for more information on dry stone walls.