Beginners Workshop Near the Nation's Capitol

Saturday, August 5, 2017 to Sunday, August 6, 2017
Kingsmere Farm in the Gatineau Hills
Historic Repair
Now Booking
A two-day hands-on workshop is being offered once again by the D.S. Walling Across Canada involving the reconstruction of a segment of historic dry laid wall at the Farm on the 'Kingsmere' estate, near Ottawa. This August students will learn the basic elements of dry stone construction as they dismantled a 25 foot section of damaged wall and create a traditional free-standing wall the way it would have looked originally, back in Mackenzie King's day. 
This is beginner’s two-day workshop and requires no previous experience. During the weekend professional waller and DSWAC founder John Shaw-Rimmington will explain the fundamentals of foundation, throughstones, batter, hearting and coping using local mostly round granite stone and small boulders.  Lunches will be provided both days. No tools will be required. This is a shine and rain event. Though this workshop is fairly labour intensive it is not back breaking. Students always have fun at these events.
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Tuition 250 dollars
Kingsmere Farm is one of many properties maintained by the National Capital Commission (NCC) . The Farm is the official residence of the Speaker of the House of Commons. It is located at Kingsmere  in Gatineau Park in Chelsea, Quebec near the nation's capital Ottawa.

The residence is so named because of its history as an old farmstead dating back to the 19th century. Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King privately purchased the farmstead as part of his country estate at Kingsmere Lake.

When Prime Minister King died, he left the residence and grounds to the Government of Canada  so that future Canadian officials could make use of the area. "The Farm" is now owned and operated by the National Capital Commission.