A dry stone wall

New Dry Stone Walling Course Launched At Houghall

Mon, 2002-08-26 01:00

East Durham College’s Houghall Campus is set to launch a new course teaching the specialist techniques of dry stone walling.

Dry stone walls are an important part of the rural landscape providing an attractive and sustainable way to provide boundary definition and livestock shelter. They remain stable for decades when built according to the proper principles.

The course will look at a number of different elements including selecting and dressing freshly quarried walling stone, preparing and laying foundations, constructing a double faced wall, incorporating troughs, covers and coping stones and safety when selecting, dressing, lifting and placing stone.

The course is available as an intensive one day programme taking in all of the topics, and also as a two day programme which will help you to further advance the skills learnt on day one.

Master craftsman Ewan Allinson, who has worked in the dry stone walling sector for many years, recently joined the College to teach this exciting new course.

The course is set to run in March and will be priced at £140 for the one day and £265 for two. All materials and equipment required will be provided.

For more information or to book a place on the course please contact Short Course Administrator Julie Carmichael on 0191 375 4716 or email julie.carmichael@eastdurham.ac.uk