Course Provider: Dog with a Bone
Contact Name: John Matthews
The Diggle Hotel
Station Houses, Diggle
Course Length: 2 days
5 star rating, 10 reviewers.
Two day dry stone walling courses on Saddleworth Moor, plus locations throughout the North and close enough for people in the Midlands.
Our usual rendezvous is at 08:45 hrs prompt in Diggle Hotel car park, Saddleworth. This is next to Bill’s B&B if you are staying there – Bill owns the land where we build – you can literally roll to the wall from your bed!
On occasion we run the course at other locations across Lancashire, Yorkshire and the Midlands so please do check at least a week in advance and we will also call you to advise.
** NEW! Due to demand we do offer the possibility to do the same 2 day course but in one day - it is not for the feint hearted, we cover exactly the same syllabus, it is hard work but those that do it love it! Please contact us **
** NEW! We also offer courses just for women - contact us for details. **
Are you stuck at a desk staring at a computer wondering if you are capable of making things anymore?
We will quickly show you that not only can you make something unique but also something that will last a very long time!
Dog with a bone are one of the leading first stage drystone walling training companies in the UK. People travel from all over to learn with us.
This is a unique opportunity to not only learn how to build a drystone wall but to learn from a published writer and film maker. It makes for interesting conversation! But the key thing, though, is the practical and creative element that applies as much to a drystone wall as it does to producing a book or a film or many things.
Jim White of the Daily Telegraph, who recently trained with us said 'Brilliant course! Get back to basics, build a wall, sort yourself out.'
How does a wall stay up for 200 years without mortar? Find out by building one yourself!
Our introductory two day courses teach you everything you need to know to build your own simple dry stone wall.
These courses are perfect for beginners and those such as small holders and farmers who want to learn how to repair their own walls. They are also suitable for those that want to learn to build a small wall in a garden. [They are also brilliant if you love making things as John, course founder and leader, LOVES making things like walls, films, books, restoring motorbikes everything!]
Building under the guidance of an expert a small section of dry stone wall from scratch - you will quickly understand this ancient, complex craft.
Our courses differ from others in that they are taught not only by experienced dry stone wallers, but also professionally qualified teachers who know how to get the best out of students.Our groups are smaller than almost every other course so you get more one to one - which means better use of your time. We can also introduce you to mindfulness, techniques that help you relax and appreciate the environment where we are working. But you don't have to do this if you don't want. Many do. As the Telegraph's Jim White said 'my mind feels oddly rested'. Dry stone walling is a highly beneficial pastime both mentally and physically.
Once you have completed the course you can go on to build or repair your own walls, moving on if you wish to further training and qualifications.
Who knows, maybe this could be the start of a healthy new career? Maybe it will inspire you to go in new directions?
One thing is for sure - being outside, working quietly in a natural environment will help make you feel better. There is something strangely absorbing about learning this quiet craft that requires no power tools or modern technology.
‘Highly recommended – my crumbling walls are transformed’ – Emma, farmer
‘An amazing sensual experience. My mind feels oddly rested’ – Jim White, Daily Telegraph
‘An overwhelming sense of achievement . . . unique and special’ – Aimee Belmore, Saddleworth Independent
‘I’ve loved this course and want to do more’ – Kyle, 21
‘I’m so proud of my wall!’ – Dan, 14
*** courses run in Saddleworth, Yorkshire and Rochdale, Lancashire. We can provide contacts for accomodation nearby. People come from all over - Lake District, London, Cotswolds, Midlands, America, Germany everywhere!
*** we can often accomodate you at short notice - we love teaching this and will do our damndest to fit you in so give us a ring and ask! We will also run a special course just for you if you have a small group.
What's included in the price?
All tuition and tools provided.
You need to bring good outdoor clothing for all conditions, a flask, some sandwiches and a sense of humour.
** please note - the price on this website is per person for 2 people or more attending - the price for a single course is £195 - pls check our website for details and for savings when booking two places - call us if there are any problems
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