Otago Polytechnic

Dry stone walling short course

Learn the traditional craft of dry stone walling.

Drystone construction is as much an art as a science. Building a stone wall is a wonderfully creative and fulfilling experience. One moment you have a space and the next you have a structure. It may have a practical use such as a freestanding wall to keep animals out or to retain a bank or create a terrace. Structures can/will make a statement, whether it be sculptural or practical - the numbers of drystone applications are endless.


Join us on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2, April 2017 for this two-day, weekend course. Each day will start at 9.00am and finish at 3.00pm.

Course content

In this two day course, you will build a free-standing wall from foundation to capping using schist stone and basic masonry tools.


This course will be held at the Bannockburn Road Site (near Cromwell) of the Otago Polytechnic Central Otago campus.


Stone and tools are provided.

Please bring your own safety footwear and safety glasses, and bring gloves if you wish to wear them.

For more information

To find out more, please contact Steven.Holmes@op.ac.nz 

To enrol

Please complete the short course enrolment form and return to our Central Otago campus.


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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