Stonewall Seminar


Learn how to reconstruct an 18th-century stonewall using traditional mortars and methods on June 13th & 14th, 2015.  Photo by James Smith.

Learn how to reconstruct an 18th-century stone wall using traditional mortars and methods. Photo by James Smith.

Rebuilding Historic Stonewalls

JUNE 13 & JUNE 14, 2015

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (both Saturday & Sunday)

Join John Wastrom, conservation mason & stonemason, as he leads this two-day seminar on rebuilding historic stonewalls.   Through hands-on participation, you will learn the secrets and techniques to reconstruct an 18th-century stonewall, also known as stone fences.  The mass of stone in the walls of Central New England was greater than that of the Great Pyramids of Egypt making them a treasured historic landmark.

John will  teach you how to identify both the different styles of stonewalls and the stones and mortars used in them plus where the stones originated.  In addition, you will discover the difference between wet and dry stonework and the finer points of stone cutting through demonstration.

The seminar will take place on the grounds of the Wentworth Lear Historic Houses at 50 Mechanic Street, Portsmouth, NH.

TUITION: $200 (Price includes lunch for both days.)

For more information and to register, contact Richard Adams or call (603) 436-4406.

Good fences make good neighbors.
—Robert Frost, "Mending Wall," 1914.