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Stonework Courses

One last stone masonry workshop will be held July 20-22, 2018. Very few tools are needed – rubber boots, hardhat, heavy rubber gloves, kneepads and old clothes and several other things. Register by calling Ron at 218.365.2126. Cost is $300, including lodging.

During these workshops, usually one per summer, students learned how to construct various structures utilizing stone, incorporating techniques that may be carried over into building or covering foundations, barbeque fireplaces, walls, ponds, and waterfalls.

The 2012 session built a pond and small waterfall. Shown is Andy Burton of Minnesota.



May 2007 stonework students: Jennifer James (Illinois), Tony Chmiel (Wisconsin), Pat Simeon (Ohio), Ted Laufenberg, Wisconsin.

May stonework 2

May 2006 participants, l-r: Gary Barker, Jon Hendrickson, Lyle Sorenson, Shane Fiore, Beth Cronin, Sam Billmeier, Tom Jensen, Dr. Gary Carlson

Topics covered:

  • stone selection (size, color and shape)
  • moving and lifting stones
  • digging, hauling, and screening of appropriate sand and gravel
  • mixing concrete and mortar
  • foundation footings
  • reinforcement
  • stone placement in terms of design and structure
  • laying up stone
  • working with the rocks, in most cases, without splitting them
  • cleaning rocks with abrasives, detergents and chemicals

No previous experience is assumed for these workshops. They are specifically for beginners – do-it-yourselfers, not experienced masons. Toward the end of the course, we spend part of a day on field trips – viewing examples of interesting stonework around the area.

Students must provide their own construction hardhat, shovel, garden or mixing hoe, small trowel, wire and scrub brush, rubber boots, kneepads, heavy rubber gloves and protective eye protection.


for 3 days, paper towels, toilet paper, sleeping bag, camera, etc.

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