Building dry stone walls with Phil


Dry stone walls have been around for millenia.  Their purposes have varied over the years - from military to stock managment.  Nowadays they are a feature for any property and can be a great way to highlight the local resources of your area.  Western Victoria is delineated with dry stone walls - some built by pioneers, convicts and migrants avoiding a landing tax.  The first Australians used dry stone walls to chanel eels into an aquaculture system at Lake Condah.  Dry stone walls tell amazing stories of the Western District.

In this class - our dry stone waller Phil Perret from Dunkeld (a rocky place) will take you through the basics of the art.  Phil's expertise in stone wall design and construction is extensive and he specialises in restoration of historic stone walls and custom walls from scratch.  You have the opportunity to be part of creating something that will last for generations!  In today's throw away society, how often do you get the chance to build something that could last for millenia?  Connect with people and art while building a stone wall at the Hamilton Insititute of Rural Learning (HIRL).  Participate, or just soak in the amazing atmosphere created when people work together with their hands.  Slow down, and be in the moment, one stone at a time!

The stone for the workshop is sourced from Mount Napier Bluestone Quarry and/or Dunkeld Sandstone Quarry.  Both stone types are great to work with and have qualities that produce amazing walls.  There is great history in our local geology which has produced unique stone for working with.  Come and let the stones tell their story to you.  You will certainly have a story to tell after this class.....and great skills to take home.

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What you will learn
  • The basic art of dry stone walling
  • Rock selection for custom walls
  • Planning and design
What you will get
  • Class notes
  • Morning tea

What to bring
  • Sturdy boots (steel cap preferably)
  • A raincoat - warm clothes - gloves and any of your favourite gardening attire e.g. beanie, knee pads
What to wear

Casual (old clothes)

Appropriate for

Anyone interested in dry stone walling



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With its headquarters in Western Victoria - we seek to provide opportunities for people living regionally to be part of exciting workshops and classes that typically might not be available.  We also seek to give people from cities and regional centres an opportunity to see some amazing places while growing a new skill.

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12 August 2017 • Building dry stone walls with Phil

Shane and I had a fabulous afternoon with Phil and Brad! The weather was less than desirable but the class was great! We learned how to set up a project and how to do string lines and how important harting is! It give us a fabulous overview of how to and the confidence to start something. Thank you so much!


05 July 2017 • Building dry stone walls with Phil

Really enjoyed the day. Great educators. Really good practical experience. I would highly recommend this course.


05 July 2017 • Building dry stone walls with Phil

Easy to understand directions and plenty of insider tips.