Event Phone: 207-625-3396
October 14, 2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Join Tear Cap Workshops for a one-day course in stone wall building in Hiram, Maine! This is the perfect workshop for anyone to start learning about how to build dry stone walls. 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.
This workshop will follow the typical one-day format. It is suited to both beginners and those with some previous experience. Class will be held rain or shine; tents will cover the workspace to protect from sun or rain, but we remind participants to dress appropriately for the weather. Class is limited to 8 participants.
This workshop will be led by Karl Gifford, DSWA-GB Level II. Over the course of the day, each participant will build about 25 square feet of wall on one side, using round field stone. Participants will learn all the basic rules of structural walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project. The information learned is directly applicable to all types of dry stone walls, including retaining walls, seat walls, and more. Whether you’re a homeowner or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls, this is the workshop for you.
All tools needed are provided. Please wear work clothes and boots, bring gloves, safety glasses, water, and lunch. The workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with a 30 minute lunch break. There is a lunchroom facility on site with a sink, refrigerator, stove top and microwave. All students are welcome to use this shared space. Please bring a bag lunch as there are no nearby spots to grab lunch.
1-Day Stone Wall Building Class
Saturday, October 14th
9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. (with a thirty minute break for lunch)
Instructor: Karl Gifford, DSWA-GB Level II
Class limit: 8 participants
We need at least 4 participants to continue with the class
Ages: 18+ to register
We are asking all participants to be vaccinated for covid-19 if they would like to attend this workshop. We may also still be wearing masks, depending on state guidelines.
About the Instructor, Karl Gifford:
Karl’s love of stone began on a trail, the Appalachian Trail. Karl started in trailwork working for the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, building stone steps, retaining walls and drainage structures. After 11 years of trailwork, he realized that he wanted to begin working only with stone. Since then, he has taken workshops with the Dry Stone Conservancy and the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA). He is currently a holder of the DSWA Intermediate Certificate (Level II) and he continues to pursue the certification scheme. Karl’s business, Sebago Stonework, started in 2010 with the goal of building high quality stonework that will endure for generations and that effort continues today.
Read more about Karl’s work here: http://www.sebagostonework.com/