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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.


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Grand Teton National Park Project Update

On behalf of the Dry Stone Conservancy Board and staff, we wish to thank all the partners and DSC-certified drystone masons who are making it possible for our involvement in the Grand Teton National Park, Jenny Lake Trail Renewal Project.

Thank you to the National Park Service and the Grand Teton National Park Foundation for their funding support.  Thank you to the Grand Teton National Park management staff for their project oversight and guidance.  Thank you to the architects, engineers and interpretive teams for the overall site design.  Thank you to McMillen Jacobs Associates for their general construction support of the drystone projects.  Thank you to the Grand Teton trail staff who participated with us.

A special call-out goes to the team of 16 Dry Stone Conservancy certified drystone mentors and masons involved in the assembly of these beautiful drystone structures; it wouldn’t be happening without your talent and skill.  In order of leadership roles and duration on site this year, thank you to: site supervisor Stuart Joynt (KY); mentors Dan Wooley (KY), Richard Tinsley (KY) and Daniel Arabella (MN); and mason/wallers Seth Thomas (KY), Howard Stone (KY), Robert Faraone (RI), Raymond Haas (OR), Alex Miller (OH), Ned Thilo (PA), Brant Watson (OR), Rocky Slaymaker (KS), Zach Goebelt (OH), Torben Larsen (VT), Alex Miller (OH) and Rodney Poynter (KY).

This end-of-2016-season video takes the viewer through the project sites along the eastern edge of Jenny Lake, and features the stonework of and by our partners and masons.  Not all the features are fully constructed; however, be sure to watch this space as our efforts continue in 2017!

To the quiet behind-the-scene folks and those who remain unrecognized, we thank you too.


With gratitude,

Jane Wooley, Project Manager

Dry Stone Conservancy, Executive Director

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Fall 2016 Workshop Schedule…

The Fall 2016 Workshop Schedule is up!

September 16-17 Introductory Workshop at Shaker Village    Workshop at Capacity

October 1-2 Introductory Workshop at Shaker Village    Workshop at Capacity

October 15 Volunteer Workday (for previous workshop participants)

October 26-27 Certification Prep Workshop at Shaker Village

October 28-29 Certification Exams at Shaker Village

Download the Registration Form below and fax/mail/or scan us Pages 3 and 4 below…

DSC Fall 2016 Workshop Schedule & Registration Form

Online payment can be made here

Workshop Logistics

The Conservancy strives to maintain a ratio of one experienced instructor per six participants, thus assuring plenty of individual attention.  A typical workshop includes from 6 to 12 participants, with no more than 18 permitted.  Introductory and Certification Prep Workshops run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days, beginning with a brief introduction to dry stone masonry construction and safety, followed by two days of hands-on instruction while restoring or building a dry stone fence or retaining wall.  The Conservancy will provide work gloves, safety glasses and rock or brick hammers for those who do not already own or plan to buy them in advance of the workshop.

Workshop Registration

The two-day workshop fee is $350.00.  The fee includes a copy of our training manual Building and Repairing Dry Stone Fences & Retaining Walls (other materials for the Stone Dressing Clinic) to be handed out on the first day of the workshop, plus online access prior to the workshop for viewing our training videos Walls of Stone and Building and Repairing Rock Fences and Retaining Walls.  Lunches are also included; however, if you have any unusual dietary restrictions please plan to bring your own food.  Additionally, upon successful completion of an introductory workshop, participants are then eligible to participate on the Conservancy’s Volunteer Work Days at no cost!   For more information about our Volunteer Work Days, please contact the office.

To register for a Fall 2016 Workshop or Stone Dressing Clinic, please mail the enclosed registration form along with a $200.00 deposit for each workshop you plan to attend.  We accept payment in the form of cash, check and money order.  We will send an initial confirmation within a week of receipt as well as a final confirmation letter two weeks prior to the workshop with detailed instructions and directions to the workshop site.

You may fax your registration form to hold a spot; however we must receive your deposit within five days to guarantee it.  We greatly appreciate knowing well in advance if you are unable to attend so we can offer your spot to another person on the waiting list.  Deposits are refundable (less a $25 cancellation fee) only if we hear from you at least two weeks prior to the first day of your workshop.  Deposits are otherwise nonrefundable. 

Please be aware the number of participants in each workshop is limited and workshops are often fully booked several weeks in advance.  We strongly recommend you reply quickly in order to guarantee your spot!