Working With Stone

Friday and Saturday, April 4 & 5, 7:45 AM – 5:00 PM

One-day outdoor workshop (repeated each day)

Location: Meet at the Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park, WV.


The Session

Experience the process of finding & shaping stone, moving stone by hand and via cable rigging, and installation of stone cribbing and stone armoring. This 1 day workshop (repeated on Saturday) will focus on 3 parts which are all hands on. Up to 20 participants can be accommodated and the participants will be split into 3 groups. Each group will rotate between sites after 2.5 hours of instruction/hands on work.

The workshop will be rain or shine. Lunch will be provided at the Stillwaters Restuarant. Please bring workgloves, safety glasses, work clothing (including boots). Tools and stone will be provided. The maximum participant/instructor ratio will be 5 to 1.

The parts are as follows:

Part 1 – Stone procurement

This section will focus on acquiring both native and purchased stone, selecting the right stone for the application, and shaping stone (drilling & splitting using a variety of methods and with hand tools). 1 instructors will be on site.

Part 2 – Stone transport

This session will cover how to move stone as efficiently as possible. Stone will be moved with a variety of hand tools and cable rigging systems for moving larger stone. 2 instructors will be on site.

Part 3 – Stone installation

This section will deal with the installation of various types of stone cribbing (dry stack retaining walls) and armoring (stone paving). The work will be on an existing trail. 2 instructors will be on site.


Learning objectives:
  • Learn to safely and efficiently harvest and move stone.
  • Learn to build stone steps.
  • Learn to build stone crib walls.
  • Learn to install stone paving (armoring).

The Presenters

The instructors for this unique workshop are all members of Tahawus Trails LLC, Timber and Stone LLC, or Peter S Jensen and Associates. They specialize in stone construction in difficult to access locations.

Eddie Walsh and Chris Ingui, Tahawus Trails

Josh Ryan is the owner and manager of Timber & Stone, LLC, a trail design and construction business based in Woodbury, VT. Timber & Stone, LLC offers trail design, construction expertise, and education workshops to land managers who seek a sustainable approach to trail construction. Trails constructed by Timber & Stone, LLC can be visited throughout the Northeast. In addition to constructing trails, Josh has also taught courses in Trail Design and Construction at local colleges and Graduate Schools.

Peter Jensen is the principal of Peter S. Jensen and Associates, LLC based out of Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He is a nationally recognized expert in the accessible trails industry. He served on the Regulatory Negotiation Committee of the US Access Board, and has been integral in the development of proposed Accessibility Guidelines for Trails and Outdoor Developed Areas. He is also a skilled instructor in the design, construction, planning and maintenance of natural surface trails that are both sustainable and as inherently accessible as an environment will allow.

Erin Amadon, Peter S. Jensen & Associates LLC
Erin’s experiences with trail work began at a young age as a Vermont Youth Conservation Corps member in 1997. Since then she has been involved with various trail organizations and clubs in the northeast, most recently working with SCA as a work skills instructor/lead instructor. Erin brings 15 years of trail work knowledge and experience to volunteer groups, clients, and fellow trail lovers. As a founding member of Peter S. Jensen and Associates LLC, Erin generally stays busy working on technical trail projects, teaching trail skills and working in her organic garden (when she finds time off).


When and Where

Friday, April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2014

Daily meet in the Stonewall Resort lobby at 7:45 am, with the group leaving by 8 am, and returning at 5 pm.



This workshop costs $60 early registration ($70 after March 14) for this 1 day workshop, for the extra expense of the high instructor: participant ratio, equipment and fuel, and other workshop logistics.

You will also need to purchase the All-Inclusive Conference Package of $125/person per day on each day of the workshop. This gives you all meals and breaks throughout the day, and conference/meeting rooms and resources.

Lodging costs $90/night (single or double occupancy).

Registration is on a first-come basis and is limited to 20 attendees.

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For More Information

Contact: Eddie Walsh, (845) 591-1537,