Request of the Stone 2008, the Release

Request of the Stone: Fall 2008

Hands-on stone workshop by the Whispering Crane Institute, October 20th-22nd near Dover/New Philadelphia, Ohio.  A real chance to learn about designing/building and working with stone.

“Designers have a better understanding of design when they have the knowledge of how ‘stuff’ goes together.”   -Me, several years ago.

Ohio toprock found on an hillside
Ohio toprock found on an hillside

On October 20th and 21st we will concentrate on building/designing/creating short retention walls using Ohio fieldstone. If you want to stick around for a 3rd day (October 22nd), I am going to focus on small boulders in the 500-1500lb size range.

Retaining Walls:

The leaders for these first 2 days will be John and Nate DeVore from Hamilton, Ohio along with yours truly. Expect to get your hands/gloves dirty as we expect hands-on participation — choosing the stone, looking at options, working stone when necessary, and building the wall.

naubinway-cairn, -John DeVore
naubinway cairn, -John DeVore

John and Nate have built a lot of these walls and they are passionate about not only building solid functional walls but also walls that are ‘aesthetically’ pleasing in joinery and placement — to be as creative as possible no matter the stone.

Two days allow for us to really teach and work. We expect everyone to join in; this will not be a workshop where 10 folks tote rock and the ‘experts’ do the work . . . teaching through observation. We want this to be teaching and learning by doing; by asking questions and exploring options.

Read the rest here on the dedicated page for the workshop.

Questions? Leave something in the comments here or on that page, send me an e-mail, or call. That info is at the bottom of the workshop page.

It’s going to be at the workshop/office in Dennison, Ohio. 30 minutes below Canton, Ohio, and about two hours drive time from Cleveland, Columbus, and Pittsburgh.

By Rick Anderson

The Whispering Crane Institute was originally formed to act as the umbrella organization for the Philosophy of Design Symposium, and other seminars and workshops given by Rick Anderson and Richard L. Dube’. In the year 2000 WCI became a sole proprietorship owned by Rick Anderson. Today the WCI provides design and consultation services for Landscape Contractors, acts as a Green Industry think tank, and provides training for others in the form of workshops, seminars, and individual consulting. The WCI also provides written material, opinions, case-studies and how-to articles for industry trade magazines.

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