Welcome to Tear Cap Workshops

Unleashing Creativity Through Hands-on Learning

Upcoming Events

Volunteer Work Day

Tuesday, August 7th

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

(Come anytime; stay for as long as you like!)

Volunteers get a free hat!

Lend  a hand for a day and help us move the Community Woodworking Shop  project along! We'll be sheathing the ceiling and walls with pine; bring a tape measure and a carpenter's belt if you have them. No experience necessary; all skill  levels welcome! We'll make it a  work party and have a great time! Funding for volunteer programing provided by the New England Grassroots Environment Fund.

Let us know you're coming! Call 207-625-3396 or email info@tearcapworkshops.org.

Thank you!

2 Day Stonewall Building Class

Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19

Class will begin at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m., with a 30 minute break for lunch. (Please bring your own bag lunch.)

Lead Instructor: Michael Murphy, Level III, DSWA (Dry Stone Walling Association)
Assistant Instructor: David Inman, Level II, DSWA

Join Tear Cap Workshops in partnership with The Stone Trust for a weekend of Stonewall Building in Hiram, Maine. This is the perfect workshop for anyone to start learning about how to build dry stone walls! Over the course of the class, each participant will build about 25 square feet of wall using local field stone. Participants will learn all the basic rules of structural walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project. This workshop is suited to both beginners and those with previous experience; all that is required is enthusiasm for stone walls!

Class size is limited to 8 participants; Registration required!

Class is full

Let us know if you'd be interested in a future class, and we'll try to make it happen!


Non-member: $550

Member of either Tear Cap Workshops or the Stone Trust: $495

Become a member of Tear Cap: https://tearcapworkshops.org/donate

Become a member of the Stone Trust:


More information and how to register here: 

https://tearcapworkshops.org/hands-on-classesJoin Tear Cap Workshops in partnership with The Stone Trust for a weekend of Stonewall Building in Hiram, Maine.

Stonewall Building Seminar and Potluck

Saturday, August 18th

Potluck begins at 5:30 p.m.
Seminar begins at 6:15 p.m.
Suggested donation: $10

This is the event for those interested in stonewall building, but not looking for a hands-on experience. (Students from the hands-on class are welcome to attend! There will be some repeat information, but most will be additional.) The seminar will feature an in-depth presentation, a slide show, and visit to the workshop site.

Folks are welcome to bring a dish to share for the potluck if they'd like to. All are welcome to attend!

Looking for a place to stay over the weekend?

There are lots of places to stay in the area, but book early! August is a busy month.

Check out Frost Mountain Yurts in Brownfield:


Airbnb and many other rental agencies have lots of places in Hiram and the surrounding towns.

About Us

Tear Cap Workshops

Tear Cap Workshops is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in Hiram, Maine.   Our aim is to enhance traditional Maine skills and craft, concentrating on using local materials and developing rural skills. We were founded in 2016 by a father and daughter team, together with a five member board of directors. 

Our mission

Tear Cap Workshops' mission to unleash creativity through hands-on learning. We will offer classes, workshops, apprenticeships, and volunteer opportunities. We also have some rental space for artisans and small creative businesses. We are so lucky to live an area with such a wealth of creative talent and natural beauty. Historically, Western Maine is immersed in a tradition of craft, extending from boat building, timber framing, forestry practices, and logging to skills as varied as fiber arts, making maple syrup, pottery and blacksmithing. We aim to celebrate this local knowledge with a truly original, Maine-made educational experience.

The Works

Our campus, a.k.a., "The Works" is a former sawmill with eleven buildings and ten acres of cleared land. We currently have four creative tenants on site, and we're looking for more. Think you might be a good fit? Contact us for more information. Have a big event planned? The open, rustic setting might just have the unique touch for your big day.


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