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Spring 2017 Workshop Schedule!

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The Dry Stone Conservancy is pleased to announce the addition of two workshops for this April.

April 7-8 Introductory Workshop at Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill

April 22-23 Edge Fence Workshop in Nicholasville, Kentucky

More information about the workshops and a paper copy of the registration form can be found here.

Full purchase, deposits, and registration can be found here.

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Stone Dressing Clinic March 25, 2017


Learn How to Process, Cut & Dress Stone for Drystone Masonry!

One-Day Stone Dressing Clinic

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky

March 25th, 2017 (Saturday)

Instructors: Neil Rippingale and Stuart Joynt


The One Day Stone Dressing Clinic is designed for people who have already taken a workshop and would like to gain some basic skills on how to process, cut, split, shape and finish stone for various commonly-encountered drystone applications.   Participants will be working with hand and power tools. Spots are limited to six participants so reserve your spot soon!

Every stone has its place, but sometimes it just needs a wee bit of help.  This session will focus on various methods used for processing rough stone for its final purpose.  Learn what hammer to use with what chisel, and the right chisel for the right stone.  Learn how to split stone using hammers, plugs & feathers and a diamond blade saw.  Watch a demonstration on splitting stone using a hydraulic splitter.  Discover which chisels create various surface patterns.  Take home tips for tool and equipment maintenance for prolonged use.

For additional information or online registration please check our website out here. Also you can check out our facebook page to stay current on DSC activities.

March 25, 2017 One-Day Stone Dressing Clinic: $250


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Dry Stone Conservancy in the News…

The Dry Stone Conservancy was recently called in to take a look at the old Choctaw Indian Academy in Scott County, KY.  The early 19th century dry stone building is in dire need of stabilization.  We are trying to piece together a plan to help stabilize this significant cultural resource.  Tom Eblen, with the Lexington Herald Leader, wrote a piece about the building and the ongoing efforts.  You can read more about it here.