1st 2007 Indoor Seminar

Friday, January 5, 2007 to Saturday, January 6, 2007
Beginner Seminar


For the first weekend of the 2007 DSWAC indoor dry stone walling workshops, we began building a 25 foot section of wall using rounded fieldstone, gathered from the surrounding property at Groundcovers Unlimited (a prestigious garden and nursery greenhouse complex near Bethany Ontario). Much of the first day the basics of building a dry laid wall were covered, as students took down and then rebuilt the existing dry stone wall constructed by last year's students in one of the spacious green houses, owned and operated by Ted and Sandy Spearing. On Saturday evening we all gathered back at the Groundcovers Guest Building to 'socialize' and to watch (you guessed it ) dry stone walling videos. The next day we completed the project, capping the wall with a traditional vertical coping. Then using the stones that were left over, we constructed a small gothic arch over one portion of the wall. This irregular glacial granite stone is very challenging to use, but the look of the final product makes it all worth it.