Dry stone walling is the ancient technique of building walls from locally available stone to provide a stock proof barrier. This course enables you to learn the techniques involved by building a section of wall under the supervision of an experienced craftsman.
You will need to be physically fit for this practical course.
There are no formal entry requirements.
The course aims to show you how to correctly build a straight forward section of dry stone wall. You will participate in every stage of its construction - from selecting stones and placing them correctly to finally completing the wall with the coping stones. You will also learn how to erect a batter frame, set your guide strings and correctly cut stone using a brick hammer.
You will be continually assessed during the day and will be given guidance on how to improve your techniques and skills.
You will be required to supply your own:
All chisels, goggles and other equipment will be supplied.
Derby College offers a range of one-day, weekend and evening courses relating to agriculture and a wide range of other land-based topics - please see the Derby College Part-time Prospectus for a full list and details.
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Leo, who is 20 and from Heanor, first arrived at Derby College to study Animal Care as at that time in his life he wanted to be a police dog handler.After achieving levels 1 and 2, he enrolled on the college's Public Services course but didn't enjoy it. So Leo revised his plans and switched to the diploma in Countryside Management and Conservation course, which he loved.Leo, who is passionate about nature and wildlife, is also a keen birdwatcher. When he is not working at Sea Life, Leo also enjoys volunteering at RSPB Bempton Cliffs near Bridlington.He said:
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