Stone of Arc actively promotes traditional techniques
Providing a rare opportunity for people in the Oceania and Asia regions to learn the dry stone construction methods developed over several millennia across the northern hemisphere. A full range of courses are offered to satisfy everyone from hobbyist to guru.
Our Training Centre
Set on farmland in the foothills of Mount Arthur near Wellington NSW and including a covered training area, Stone of Arc’s purpose built dry stone training centre is the only one of its kind in the southern hemisphere.
Our training structures are all built to Dry Stone Wall Association (DSWA UK) test standards comprising of different types of stone and incorporating all the styles and features required to advance from beginner through to expert.
To ensure the highest standards are met all courses are delivered by certified DSWA Instructors, and all levels of training align with DSWA structural principles. For those wishing to pursue accreditation, examinations will be conducted by accredited DSWA Examiners.
Easily accessible, the picturesque country setting also offers great walking, kayaking, golfing and biking opportunities for those with boundless energy .With a range of rustic onsite accommodation from family to double rooms and onsite camping (all with shared bathroom), and numerous options available in and around Wellington there is plenty to enjoy in the local area whilst developing your new skills.
Rustic Onsite Accommodation
A range of rustic onsite accommodation is available from double/triple rooms to camping (all with shared bathroom).
Four rooms are available, 2 double and 2 twin/triple
All rooms come with aircon, heating, linen and amenities.
A basic continental breakfast is included for all overnight guests.
Extended visits welcome
There is much to enjoy in the surrounding area including bush walks, cycle trails, kayak trails, fishing, and cave exploration to name a few.
Our Training Courses
For most people taking an Introductory training course is the best place to start. Even those with some experience may benefit from revisiting the fundamental principles.
Courses provide participants with a clear understanding of the theory and principles of dry stone work, specific techniques, and a metre each of wall to build.
All courses are run over 2 days unless otherwise stated. For participants benefit regular courses are limited to 10 people and demand driven courses are limited to 8.
A reasonable level of experience or completion of an Introductory course is a prerequisite for further courses and practice events.
Stone of Arc provides the following for all course types:
- An appropriately qualified instructor
- Tools, safety glasses, and sun protection
- Lunch, refreshments, and reusable water bottle
- Alfresco pizza night with your walling chums
- Discounted bed and breakfast options
- A certificate of completion
- Course information booklet
- Access to ongoing project support
Participants are required to bring:
- Hat, gloves and strong footwear (preferably steel toed)
- The desire to get dirty, learn and create!
Regular TRAINING Courses
Demand Driven TRAINING Courses
Accreditation Courses and Test Events
For those who aspire to become a qualified or professional dry stone waller, or to have their existing skills and experience formally recognised, we offer a range of test specific features and pre-test preparation courses for all four levels of the Craftsman Certification scheme. Test events will take place on the final day of test preparation courses. Applications for tests must be submitted 6 weeks prior to a test event. Register your interest or call us for a discussion.
In addition to the numerous courses we provide covering structures pertinent to the certification scheme, test preparation courses offer a detailed insight into the standards required by the DSWA UK. We also look at ways to improve your speed and efficiency for the timed test elements and offer significant pre-test practice opportunities to prepare you for success.
In the presence of the Examiner/s, candidates are required to strip down and rebuild a straight-forward free-standing 2.5 square metre section of wall within a single 7 hour period.Explore
This certificate is the first professional level qualification in the DSWA’s craftsman certification scheme.Explore
This certificate has two parts which must be conducted separately and in order.Explore