Request of the Stone 2008, the Release

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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.

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