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Stone Masonry Workshop – Weekend 27th and 28th May 2017

May 27, 2017 @ 9:00 am - May 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

Venue: Synchronicity Farm

Address: 632 Orara Way
Nana Glen, NSW 2450 Australia

Welcome to the Stone Masonry Workshop:

This exceptional workshop held at Synchronicity Farm will provide students with an opportunity to acquire a strong understanding of Stone Masonry, an appreciation of the tools and techniques used as well as a brilliant hands on experience in using the skills shared throughout the workshop.

All food will be provided on the day which will be wholesome and farm fresh including freshly baked scones, Woodfired Pizza and Japanese Sushi with fresh salads from the garden including fermented vegetables. We can also cater for vegetarian or gluten free.

Participants are welcome to camp onsite for the weekend.


One of the most endearing features of a building with stone is that although they are static to the touch, the ability to create geometric patterns constructed from stone which become fluid to the eye. Stone has added valuable allure to construction for thousands of years.

Outdoor building needs to be able withstand the elements and selecting stone as the building material is a good choice because once you have designed and installed stone, you can expect it to last for a long time.


This is your opportunity to join Martin Stautner for a full weekend where you will learn everything you need to be able to plan, design and install boarders or stone flooring in your own creative style.


The weekend is a truly hands on practical learning opportunity working alongside Martin, a master craftsman who is able to demonstrate how to turn your vision into reality. This is the ideal opportunity to further hone your skills, continue your journey and ignite your creativity to be able to design your own projects!

Stones are extracted from quarries in the earth or dug out of the side of mountains, and in their raw state they tend to be highly textured. When purposed for different aspects they are cut down and refined into smaller tile and slab pieces that are easier for use in construction.

While the specific properties of different types of natural stone will vary, they all do tend to have certain shared characteristics. That makes it easier to classify and identify relevant options, the locations where they can be successfully used, and the maintenance precautions that will be required over the life of the stone installation.


If planned well and built on good level ground, stone will help to draw together and provide connection between other elements as well as making the area easy to clean. Depending on the expected level of foot traffic the type of stone used should be selected for appropriate hardness to provide durability. The other aspect to consider is the porosity of the material and its ability to resist staining.

Depending on the size and scope of each project, the design can become as intricate as you would like as the only limitation are your imagination and the time you want to spend on the project. The stone should create a durable timeless installation that compliments the elements and the environment.

This workshop will be conducted on site through field sessions where students will start by reviewing and participating in the design process and evaluating how to draw together the perfect stone, function and form.

Students will gain an appreciation for the theory behind each technique as well as becoming familiar with all of the tools used in working with rock as your building medium.

Through the workshop you will learn how to appreciate, visualise and lay out a variety of stone designs.


Stone Masonry techniques you will learn about include:

  • Review options for designing a beautiful and functional solution
  • Levelling Ground Area – Checking with Laser Level
  • Observing, evaluating and categorising rocks
  • Hand skills and safety for splitting rocks for use as pavers
  • Loading Out – Setting up the rocks in preparation for laying
  • Laying stone
  • Mortar preparation
  • Jointing Techniques
  • Pointing
  • Brushing up

Our teacher will take you through each step of the process for laying out and preparing stone. Through demonstration and by guiding each student we will work together throughout the weekend. The teacher offers his experience as a master craftsman and he will share the knowledge to enable students to actively participate in all elements of the design and laying process and stages.

This learning opportunity will bring together the very best experience working across many different stone projects which will benefit students who share a passion for building structures that outlast a lifetime.

Our goal is that you will complete this course with the ability and confidence to design timeless stone installations with a range of different patterns and stone materials .

When I finish this course, what will I know?

At the end of the weekend you will have developed a competent knowledge of how to design and lay different styles of using specialised tools of the stone masonry craft. You will be clear about how to identify and select rocks and the lines for splitting pavers including the final touches of pointing and brushing up the job.

This workshop is designed to form part of a stone masonry journey that will connect a series of projects together to create functional and beautiful installations at your chosen location.

Included in your workshop fee

Your fee includes all food for the day such as organic woodfired pizza with farm fresh home grown ingredients as well as morning and afternoon tea prepared on site using whole foods, fermented food and raw food.



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“I have known Martin from Solid Stone Constructions through numerous projects where we have worked on together. Martin’s passion and skill that he brings to every project results in bringing our designs to life.

His stoneworks are timeless works of function and beauty and it has always has been a genuine pleasure to collaborate with Martin on these unique projects.

It is clear that Martin truly loves what he does and I believe he will be a very good teacher. If you have an opportunity to join his workshops and learn from his expert skill I encourage you. I would always welcome the opportunity to work with Martin again.”

Claudia Nevell ( landscape designer)


Martin Stautner is a craftsman. I have worked with Martin on a bespoke Architectural residential project which is predominantly sandstone. The project involves solid stone landscape retaining walls, Internal walls, external stone facades, and an impressive double sided stone fireplace. Martin’s passion for what he does, shows in his work. He is enthusiastic. He brings a wealth of experience & knowledge to a project and he has an attention to detail and quality workmanship that sets him apart. I find Martin to be a very creative person, he is very involved in the design process to ensure practical solutions in the construction. He shows a strong work ethic and is extremely professional and organised, which gives me confidence as a Project Manager.

Dan Clift, Square Design Pty Ltd

I have known Martin Stautner of Solid Stone Constructions for at least 5 years. Martin is a highly competent and experienced stone artisan who produces work of the highest quality.

I have contracted Martin to undertake stone work in recently constructed properties and am very happy with the quality of the work performed. I have engaged him again for further stone work in another new dwelling and am confident his work will again be of a superior quality.

I can recommend Martin very highly and wish him well in his endeavours.

Allan Cala

I have worked with Martin Stautner from Solid Stone Constructions on Numerous projects, I have found Martin to be a very organised , efficient  and trust worthy Stone Mason.  I’m impressed by his attention to details and creative input into the projects. I have no hesitation to work with Martin again or recommending him to my clients. If you wish to discuss this letter further , please do not hesitate to give me a ring.

Sam Zaher, Zaher Architects

Having seen the work that Martin does first hand, it is immediately clear why his clients select him over other specialists in the field. The global experience and insight into stone construction that Martin brings displays a depth of appreciation for the art and the material that comes through in his creations.

Having Martin as the teacher for our stone masonry workshops is an honour and a very special opportunity for the students of Giving Tree.

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Joshua Allen

Review Design

Levelling Ground Area – Checking with Laser Level

Selecting rocks for designing and splitting

Mortar Preparation for flooring

Loading Out – setting up the rocks in preparation for the job

Use of Laser Level when laying the rocks. Including Water Level

Laying of stone

Jointing Techniques – Pointing

Brushing Up

Get in touch with Synchronicity Farm by calling the organiser, Joshua Allen on 0411 846 000 or by emailing regarding the tools used for this workshop.


May 27, 2017 @ 9:00 am
May 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Synchronicity Farm
632 Orara Way
Nana Glen, NSW 2450 Australia
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0411 846 000
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