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A Dry Stone Walling Workshop Bedfordshire

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Response from London School of Dry Stone Walling:

Hello Dominic - Thank you for your feedback, it was good to have you on board. Great you felt the benefit of important specifics, the balance of teaching techniques and developing your 'eye'. Enjoy the NDSWC and your volunteering day's, Best Wishes, John

A Practical Dry Stone Walling Workshop Central London

The teaching was very relaxed and clear. I felt confident right from the start and felt that I could easily ask questions. The venue was excellent with plenty of space to move around even with a large group. I can now go on to repair and rebuild my wall with skill and confidence. Thank you John.
Highly recommended.

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Response from London School of Dry Stone Walling:

Hello Peter - Thank you for your feedback. I am pleased you felt at ease during the workshop and you feel good to have a bash on your wall, there was a lot going on. It was interesting watching you 'juggling the stone' which is normal to find the right one to place one over two or two over one ! There is much to learn and you achieved completing a good section of the wall and the difficult 'Cheek End'. We next in France 10-25th Oct. steps and retaining walls - check it out on here or web page.
Best Wishes - John

A Dry Stone Walling Workshop Bedfordshire

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Response from London School of Dry Stone Walling:

Hello Anne - Thank you for your feedback. I am pleased you felt the benefit of 'being left alone' to put one over two or two over one. There is much to learn and you achieved completing a good section of the wall, juggling with the stone and following the line !!
The next section is under preparation, more trench digging ready for foundations, to carry on building into where we finished the raking back!! You would be welcome to return, at any time. Take Care, Best Wishes, John

A Dry Stone Walling Workshop Bedfordshire

I had a wonderful day! It seemed to pass extremely quickly, which was a testament to John's insights and "the wall." It is essentially a big jigsaw. I learned about basking stones, hearting stones, batter, first lift and second lift and more to boot. It was an inspiring and renewing experience which I would recommend to anybody in these fast days of computer games.

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Response from London School of Dry Stone Walling:

Hello Guy - Thank you for your feedback. I am pleased you were inspired by the experience. It was good to see your handling of the stone and how it improved during the day, choosing particular ones to form a 'racking angle', keeping the batter and placing the fillings.
Best Wishes, John

A Practical Dry Stone Walling Workshop Central London

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Response from London School of Dry Stone Walling:

Hello Angela - Thank you for your positive feedback. It was great to see your work and ability improve during the day, juggling the stone to find the right face and familiarity with engineering terms. It is a 'hands-on' activity and best to do it, developing a 'natural eye'.
Great to learn you may well be using the techniques to build DSW walls on your property. Take Care, Best Wishes, John

A Practical Dry Stone Walling Workshop Central London

Really enjoyable day. You could see our walling technique getting better as we worked up the wall!!
Lots of new words and top tips. Some of my favourites - sheep creep, and cock and hen.
I must remember to may stones into the body of the wall and ensure strong cheek ends.
Thanks John for a great day.

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Response from London School of Dry Stone Walling:

Hello Claire - Happy you remembered some terms and what they were, also build to the line, line blocks, batter frame, jumpers, face stone, on-bed, through stones, foundations and building up your cheek ends !!!! etc.
Hope you are able to have a go for your own feature !!
Take Care, Best Wishes John

A Practical Dry Stone Walling Workshop Central London

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Response from London School of Dry Stone Walling:

Thank you your feedback Stuart, gets easier with practice !!
In the past, we have provided a range of various sizes of new boots. Then we were faced with not the number of boots for the same size feet and some people do not like to wear boots already worn by others !!
The safety googles were collectively in a polythene bag at the side of the bucket of hammers. In future, shall be more certain people are aware. I hope you find this helpful. Best Wishes, John

A Dry Stone Walling Workshop Bedfordshire

I have been looking forward to doing this course for some time. I have always loved DSW, having the chance to learn new skills is great and John is a great teacher.
I cant wait to put what i have learned in my own projects at home and friends.
5*
Thank you for a great day.

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Response from London School of Dry Stone Walling:

Thank you Paul - I am pleased you gained benefit from attending the DSW workshop. It is good to learn you will be using your skill to build a feature at home - or elswhere !! The group worked well together and much was achieved. I wish you well for the future. Take Care and Best Wishes - John

A Practical Dry Stone Walling Workshop Central London

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Response from London School of Dry Stone Walling:

Hello Miu - Thank you for attending the DSW workshop and particularly pleased you felt the day was 'well spent' from your first introduction to DSW, we must be doing something right. It is always interesting to see how people interact with the stone and juggle around with it before finding a suitable piece and a place it will fit. It is time consuming and takes some practice to develop a feel for the stone and natural eye. I wish you well for any future DSW activity you may undertake. Take Care, Best Wishes - John

A Practical Dry Stone Walling Workshop Central London

Great hands on course.
John was knowledgeable and a wonderful inspiring teacher.
Thanks for a brilliant memorable day ! And will look at stone walls in a different way ..

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Response from London School of Dry Stone Walling:

Hello Radhika thank you for your review and very happy you enjoyed the day. It can be daunting at first, but to let you have 'hands-on' experience early in the workshop, i think helps as shown in the progress after lunch. Certainly check out the other places where you will find DSW around town, you will now find them interesting. Take Care and Best Wishes, John

A Practical Dry Stone Walling Workshop Central London

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Response from London School of Dry Stone Walling:

Hello Patrick Thank you for your constructive feedback, you developed a 'natural eye' during the day and was good support for colleagues. The feature developed really well after lunch and 'topping it off' was a delight for us all. You became a good 'juggler' of stone to get the right fit, face and 'batter' when putting it on 'it's bed'!! I hope you find Gloustershire walls much more interesting. Take Care and Best Wishes - John

A Dry Stone Walling Workshop Bedfordshire

A very good day despite the weather. Excellent insight from John and good company. I am inspired to attend a practice weekend to go one stage further.

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A Dry Stone Walling Workshop Bedfordshire

Had a very good day. Learnt I can’t keep a straight course, with thin pieces of stone. Got better with the hammer chipping bits off to reshape.
Leant some terms, batter the angle of the wall, jumper - evening up a course.
Would take on doing a wall at home.

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A Dry Stone Walling Workshop Bedfordshire

Very interesting course amazing what you can learn in just one day

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Response from London School of Dry Stone Walling:

Hello Nicola - It was a good day and i am pleased you found it interesting, observing the 'batter', the lines, seeing the foundations going in, placing of the 'three quarter throughs', juggling with the stone until you found the suitable 'face' and placing it 'one over two' ! It does take time to settle into the activity and wish you well in your future activity overseas - Take Care, Best Wishes - John

A Dry Stone Walling Workshop Bedfordshire

I found the Dry Stone Walling course to be very educational, and set at the right level for those attending. John was very knowledgable and helped the course along with his encouragement and anecdotes. It gave me the confidence to try a a few small home projects, and an interest to learn more about this countryside craft.

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Response from London School of Dry Stone Walling:

Hello Nick - thank you for your time to review. Good to have two 'brothers' ! working along side each other 'juggling' the stone. You did appreciate getting your 'eye' in and time required to find the appropriate piece with suitable 'face'. I am sure your garden features will appear in due course and you spend happy times building a DSW. Best Wishes to both, kind regards, John

A Dry Stone Walling Workshop Bedfordshire

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Response from London School of Dry Stone Walling:

Thank you for your comments Philip, your time to consider the workshop content is much appreciated. It is a practical subject and i am particularly pleased you remarked on some of the terms used. It does take time and some 'juggling' to consider what stone goes where ! Best Wishes, John

A Practical Dry Stone Walling Workshop Central London

John is a lovely fellow, engaging, encouraging and very helpful. The course was informative, empowering and fun.

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Response from London School of Dry Stone Walling:

Hello Clive - Thank you for your feedback. The day soon passed and great progress was made by the group. Your 'Cheek End' in particular, is a good example of how much time is required to achieve the desired result. The feature would work with the seating arrangement discussed. Your handling of the stone and getting your 'eye in' developed continuously during the day and was a positive input for the group. Take Care, Best Wishes John

A Practical Dry Stone Walling Workshop Central London

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Response from London School of Dry Stone Walling:

Hello Stephen, Thank you for your positive comments. I felt you and the group developed very well during the day which can be quite daunting and demanding. It does take time and what may have been perceived as 'slow work' the end result was achieved to a really good standard. There were many Q's and A's and feel you will now get used to using your own stone and be able to continue the Italian rebuild with confidence and vigour. Take Care and Best Wishes - John

A Practical Dry Stone Walling Workshop Central London

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Response from London School of Dry Stone Walling:

Hello Mark - When i met the group, i thought it was going to be a 'tough call' completing the SC in the time. The weather was favourable, which enabled us to get going. Before long, i noticed, you were getting your 'eye in', 'juggling stone' hammer trimming and 'internal pinning'!! Building up the 'Cheek Ends', 'crossing joints', standing back and 'eying up' ! The group worked well together making good progress. Three hours disappeared and after lunch, i felt the team energy and excitement growing to completion. It is a great, permanant feature of engineering skill, and testiment to those determined to stick with it on their, 'day out' !!
Thank you for your feedback Mark and taking part. Take Care, Best Wishes - John

A Practical Dry Stone Walling Workshop Central London

Great hands-on experience of dry stonewalling - something completely different to anything I've tried before. Informal and friendly, John provided loads of insight and filled the day with interesting historical facts about the craft.

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Response from London School of Dry Stone Walling:

Hello Haydn - The DSW feature is really great and such fun placing the top stones to conclude the build ! There was much to consider during the day. Thank you for your feedback, i am pleased you enjoyed your time at Mudchute. Take Care and Best Wishes to you and Luca.