FA17 Dry Stack Stone: Principles and Practice

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Thursday October 5

9:15 AM  –  4:30 PM

Dry-Stack Stone: Principles and Practice
Instructor: Doug Dearth
Thursday, October 5; 9:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
$129 Member / $139 Non-member
Limit: 10 students

After a classroom discussion of basic principles and techniques for working with stone and considerations for planning retaining and free-standing stone walls, the class will move outside for hands-on practice building a dry-stack retaining wall on the Arboretum grounds. Participants should bring work gloves, sturdy footwear and water. The class provides four hours of elective credit for the Blue Ridge Eco-Gardener Certificate.

A stone mason with his own business, Dry Ridge Stone, in Weaverville, N.C., Doug Dearth builds dry-stack walls, steps, walks, patios, and rockeries. He is a longtime Arboretum instructor, a certified National Wildlife Federation habitat steward and trained “muddy water watcher.”