Stone Work for Trails - November 16-17, 2016


Stone Work for Trails - November 16-17, 2016


Instructor: Jed Talbot, Off the Beaten Path
Date: Wednesday - Thursday, November 16-17, 2016
Time: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Room: Maple Room, Stonewall Resort Conference Center

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Join members of OBP Trailwork LLC, for two days of stonework construction for trails. Come experience the process of selecting and shaping stone, moving stone, and installation of multi-tier stone cribbing (retaining walls).  This 2-day workshop will focus on 3 specific parts which are all hands on.  Up to 10 people can be accommodated and participants will be split into groups.  Each group will focus on three specific aspects of building with stone.

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 (using a variety of methods with hand tools).

Part 2 Stone Transport
This session will cover how to move stone as efficiently and safely as possible.  Stone will be moved with a variety of hand tools.

Part 3 Stone Installation
This section will deal with the installation of various types of stone cribbing (dry stack retaining walls).
We will provide, first aid kits and all of the tools and equipment necessary for the workshop.  Participants should plan on bringing hard hats, safety glasses, work gloves and sturdy work boots.  

This fee includes: nationally recognized instructors, high instructor to participant ratio, lunch on each day of the workshop, stone and stonework related equipment, and limited PPE.

Participants will show proper retaining wall construction techniques by applying knowledge learned thru hands on demonstration throughout the workshop.  Participants will receive direct feedback from the instructors on how to improve stone selection, moving, and setting techniques.  

By the end of the workshop participants will make professional connections with PTBA member companies; fellow trailbuilders, supports, and volunteers alike.

We need a minimum of 5 students to make this workshop go, and a maximum of 10.


Our group will meet at 8:00 am on the first day of the workshop at the Stonewall Resort (940 Resort Drive Roanoke, WV 2644 USA) in the Maple Room.


Stonewall Resort (940 Resort Drive Roanoke, WV 2644 USA) 


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Body Mechanics and Mechanical Advantage
Basic Concepts of Retaining Wall Construction Demonstration

12-12:30 (or 1 pm): Lunch

12:30-5 pm:
Hands on application of retaining wall construction
Wrap Up and Surveys of workshop


Jedediah Talbot, Off the Beaten Path, LLC (

Jed Talbot is the owner of Off the Beaten Path, LLC (OBP) based in Turner, Maine. OBP encompasses many aspects of trail design, maintenance, and construction. Technical stone work, accessible trails and backcountry rigging systems are particular strengths of the company. Jed also places a significant focus on education and training, facilitating stone work, rigging, and trail skills workshops across the country.


Appropriate field gear for the weather. Expect to be outside during this workshop. We are in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Expect rain and be pleasantly surprised if it stays dry. We will provide dust masks, first aid kits and all of the tools and equipment necessary for the workshop.  Participants should plan on bringing hard hats, safety glasses, work gloves and sturdy work boots. 


At the end of your Workshop, we will return to the Stonewall Resort (5 minute walk). Plan to arrive back at the Hotel at 5:00 pm.