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Dry-Stone Wall Building Workshop
April 16, 2016
An event every 168 days that begins at 12:00 am, repeating until October 1, 2016
“natural building with your own two-hands”
For those that want to keep the traditional skills and art of dry-stone building alive, reduce their footprint and become more self-reliant and sustainable.
About Dry-Stone wall building
Dry-stone wall building has been used for centuries especially throughout Europe and was brought to Australia by the early settlers. These magnificent structures are still evident today, and we revel at their durability, creativity and beauty. Garden and farm walls were built using stones, gathered from around the landscape. No lime or cement was used in the process, just the artistic and skilful placement of rocks on top of each other and the science of friction and gravity to develop this technique into an art form. Dry-stone walls make fabulous garden beds and retaining walls providing good natural drainage. This natural way of building with one’s own two-hands has minimal impact on the environment and is very cost effective as other forms fencing or walls can be an expensive proposition.
Peak oil as it deepens will also impact on the availability of resources and prices, and so learning how to make walls and structures such as these will set you up for a low energy future. There is no need for power tools, cement, or hardware or trips to Bunnings with these dry-stone walls, just a few rocks, some knowledge and skill and your own two hands.
About the trainer
Mark Myers is one of Sydney’s top experienced and qualified stonemasons and dry stonewall builders with over 35 years experience in the trade. Specialising in dwelling design and construction and all its challenges, which Mark enjoys, he has a long repertoire of projects he has constructed including fireplaces, chimneys, stairways, pizza ovens and much more. Mark has also been involved with landscaping and garden design and construction creating garden walls, arches, water features, land sculptures, driveways, pathways, paving and swimming pools.
Mark has a passion for sandstone, especially Sydney Basin sandstone and his work is truly amazing. Mark’s skills, knowledge and expertise along with his passion for sandstone and traditional work such as dry stone wall building makes him the perfect trainer for you to learn this ancient art form for the unfolding future. Marks trade name is Mterprises Master Masons and some of his projects can be viewed on facebook here.
About the workshop
This workshop will provide you with the theory and practical skills of dry-stone wall construction. During the workshop you will be building a dry-stone terraced vegetable garden. After the workshop you will have a greater understanding and appreciation of the art and science of dry-stone wall construction as well as the skills and techniques to go home and build your own.
It will be a fun-packed, hands-on, active weekend with plenty of exercise, fresh air, good food and company. You will walk away with a sense of achievement and the confidence and knowledge you need for yourself
Making your own dry stone walls, veggie gardens and structures will:
- give you a sense of pride, satisfaction and fulfilment
- save you money and shopping at Bunnings etc etc
- help the environment by reducing mining of lime for cement and disrupting eco-systems
- reduce transport waste and energy miles
- increase your self-reliance, energy efficiency and sustainability
- keep the traditional skill and art alive for future generations
- help you live a more satisfying permaculture lifestyle
- enable you to share the skills and knowledge of this technique with your friends.
- A look at some walls from around the world
- Different types and styles of walls
- The art and science of dry-stone construction
- Specific construction techniques and principles
You may also be interested in our Stone Carving Workshop being held on the following day.