Offered by The STONE Trust April 30, May 1 and May 2, 2022

2022 Workshop Description

The long term goal of this partnership with The Stone Trust is to develop a repeatable vocational training program that can help young people develop skills in and assess their interest in dry stone walling as a career path.

There is no cost for our students as it will be covered by a donation from the Lanza Family Foundation, Manzer's Landscape Design & Development, Inc. and The Peekskill Rotary Foundation.

Objectives Include:

  • Involving the local Rotary and interested community members in the training program.
  • Constructing an example of high quality stonework on a public site to develop community awareness of dry stone walling and of an intended program to train local youth.
  • Contribute to the cherry blossom weekend event.
  • Advance the training of local masons.
  • Educate the first tranche of local students.

This is a two-part workshop. Each part is 3 days and our students will be focused on Part 2 of the project. The wall to be built is a new installation on the river walk in Peekskill NY. Note that the primary objective of this workshop is educational.

Introduction to Dry Stone Walling and Cheekend Build

(April 30, May 1 and 2, 2022) is conducted at the marina. The host is responsible for material logistics and site preparation prior to the workshop, as well as establishing a safety barrier to protect bystanders. The lead instructor will be present on a date to be agreed upon to ensure the configuration will lead to a safe and effective workshop.

The four professional students will each construct a cheek end. Ten novice students will build the portions of the walls between cheeks. Three instructors from The Stone Trust will guide this process.

The Stone Trust's mission is to preserve and advance the art and craft of dry stone walling. Read more about their Stage 1 Stone Shaping program with The Peekskill Rotary Club.