Stonework and Rock Armoring for Mountain Bike Trails

Instructor: Kent Howes, Treadwerks

Cost: $300 per person (includes lunches both days)
Workshop Dates: March 17-18, 2017
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm each day

Where: Tetherow Resort, 61240 Skyline Ranch Rd. Bend OR



Join Kent Howes from Treadwerks and Onay Weaver from Top of Line Construction in a two day class to learn the basics of working with stone.

From sourcing and transporting the stone, from rock placement to building crib walls, switchbacks and rock armoring, we will cover the basics including safety, tools and power equipment to the aesthetics rock filters and work site revegetation.

1. Stone procurement (sourcing) - In Central Oregon, there are two types of rock that dominate the landscape, Basalt and Welded Tuff. We will be working with both types. Some of our workshop will focus on Welded Tuff (Sandalwood) previously gathered from the project site. The remainder of the workshop will use Basalt sourced as we build technical features on an existing trail corridor (COD Trail)

2. Stone Transport- We will be using both power equipment and a variety of hand tools to move and place the stone. Safety will be a major focus, as will efficiency of motion.

3. Stone Placement- The class will be building a variety of stone structures including dry stack crib walls, rock armoring, rock filters and revegetation 

First aid kits and all of the equipment needed for the workshop will be provided. Participants should bring hard hats, safety glasses, work gloves, long pants and sturdy work boots.

The weather in Bend during March can be anything from mid-50’s and sunny to snow flurries and mid 30’s.

The fee for the workshop includes: high instructor to student ratio, lunch on each day, stone work specific equipment and limited PPE.

We need a minimum of 10 students for this workshop, and a maximum of 20.


We will be meeting at 9am on the first day of the workshop at the Tetherow Resort in Bend. 61240 Skyline Ranch Rd. Bend OR 97702


To get to Tetherow Resort form the Riverhouse Convention Center take the parkway (HWY 97) south to the Colorado exit. Turn right on Colorado and follow it through 3 roundabouts until you reach Century Dr. Go South on Century Dr. for approximately 1 mile to Skyline Ranch Rd. turn right (North) and Tetherow Resort will be on the right in 200 yards. Our project sight is immediately across Skyline Ranch Rd. from the Resort.