Building a Keystone Arch

This course introduces the use of a former. You will learn how to create and set up a former, how to build over it, and remove it.


You will also focus on the selection, shaping, and fitting of keystones and how they are integrated into the overall structure.

Our Introductory courses provide participants with enough knowledge and experience to be able to accurately identify traditional walling methods, commence a basic private project, and pursue further learning.


This 4-day Intensive allows participants to become fully immersed in the ancient techniques required to shape stone, construct strong wall heads and curves and retaining walls. A practical course that will provide participants with wide ranging knowledge and skills to practise and develop.


If you’re interested in the Intensive course but have already completed one or more of the included elements, we can arrange alternative skill development options for you.


Please review our Regular training course pages for more detailed information on included elements.


Stone of Arc provides the following for all course types:

  • An appropriately qualified instructor
  • Tools, safety glasses and sun protection
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • A certificate of completion
  • Course information booklet
  • Access to ongoing project support


Useful information:

  • Course times are 9:30AM-4:30PM daily, unless otherwise stated
  • Please bring a hat, gloves and strong footwear (preferably steel-toed


Course includes:

  • The fundamental principles and various applied construction techniques
  • Safety, set-up, and tool use
  • Stone selection and calculations
  • Stone shaping requirements and techniques
  • Working by eye
  • Practical completion of features


Course includes:

  • The fundamental principles and applied construction techniques
  • Safety, set up, and tool use 
  • Working with formers
  • Stone selection and the integration of keystones
  • Practical completion of a structurally sound keystone arch

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Accommodation Details

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.

External Workshops

We can deliver custom training at your venue, contact us to discuss your training needs.



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