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Fall 2015 Workshops & Events Schedule Now Available!

Introductory Workshops are designed for drystone enthusiasts with little to no previous experience who would like to gain a basic understanding of drystone construction techniques. The pace will be comfortable and participants will learn the fundamental skills needed to build and repair a typical rock fence or retaining wall.

Certification Prep Workshops and Stone Dressing Clinics are designed for individuals who have already taken an introductory workshop, have mastered the basic skills involved and are ready to take on the challenge of more complicated work. The pace is a bit more rigorous than that of an introductory workshop.

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DSC Fall 2015 Workshop Schedule & Registration Form (print form)

View, register and pay for workshops now  (online form)

List of workshops and events

Hebron-Cemetery-WorkshopHebron Cemetery Workshop (introductory)
Lawrenceburg, Kentucky
September 25th & 26th (Friday & Saturday) 

This introductory workshop is part of an ongoing effort to restore the historic rock fences surrounding this settlement-period cemetery in Anderson County, Kentucky.  Previous workshop participants at this site have commented on the idyllic location for the workshop as well as the delicious homemade lunches prepared by the cemetery stewards!

KyRockFenceWorkshopKentucky Rock Fence Workshop (introductory)
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, near Harrodsburg, Kentucky
October 10th & 11th (Sat & Sun) 

This introductory workshop will be held at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill near Harrodsburg, Kentucky.  Workshop participants will rebuild sections of historic fences on this beautiful nature preserve which has more than 24 miles of historic rock fences. For on-site lodging and more information about Shaker Village, go to .

11th-National-Walling-Competition11th National Walling Competition (open to all levels)
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, near Harrodsburg, Kentucky
October 24th, 2015 (Saturday) 

Novice, Intermediate and Professional Classes – trophies, ribbons, tools and cash prizes!!! Spectators are welcome to bring a picnic and join us for an exciting day as contestants dismantle and rebuild several hundred feet of rock fence in only 8 hours!  Competition registration forms are available on our website at or by contacting the office @ 859-266-4807.

Fall-2015-Certification-ExamsFall 2015 Certification Exams
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, near Harrodsburg, Kentucky
October 23rd, 25th & 26th (Fri, Sun, Mon) 

Candidates may arrange to build their wallheads and other required special features on-site on Friday, October 3rd and Sunday October 5th.  Timed tests for all candidates, Monday October 26th.

Certification program requirements and registration forms are available on our website at or by contacting the office @ 859-266-4807.

Volunteer-Work-DayVolunteer Work Day @ Bird-Hanna-Stephens Cemetery
Shelby County, Kentucky
October 31st 

Volunteer your time and help the Conservancy preserve Kentucky’s dry-stone heritage!The Conservancy coordinated Volunteer Workdays to provide previous workshop participants with opportunities to continue their fence restoration experience under the watchful eye of a DSC-certified drystone mason instructor, at no additional cost!  To be eligible, participants must have already taken a DSC workshop.    


Additional Information

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. Stone Dressing Clinics are limited to four participants and run for only one day each (see more information on the next page). 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 $300.00. The one-day Stone Dressing Clinic fee is $200.00. 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.

Attendee Information Form

If you plan on attending a workshop or event, please complete this form. One submission per attendee is all we need.

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1st Place: Ashley Meadows – Maysville, KY

2nd Place: Rigoberto Aguilar – Georgetown, KY

3rd Place: Ricardo Trejo – Fayetteville, TN

4th Place: Mario Centeno – Lexington, KY

5th Place: Kenny Keller – Goshen, KY



1st Place: Artemio Trejo – Fayetteville, TN

2nd Place: Joel Trejo – Fayetteville, TN

3rd Place: Dan Wooley – Nicholasville, KY

4th Place: Seth Thomas – Nicholasville, KY

5th Place: Doug Isaac – Paris, KY

6th Place: Mickey Brothers – Bardstown, KY



1st Place: Jason Baldwin – West Union, OH

2nd Place: Brandon Isaac – Paris, KY

3rd Place: Jason Lankford – Hickman, TN

4th Place: Bryan Divis – Fayetteville, TN



1st Place: Doug Butler – Simpsonville, KY

2nd Place: Bill Auten – Wyoming, MN

3rd Place: Scott Rogers – Danville, KY


Thank you to this year’s judges for a tough job well done!

Professional Classes: Neil Rippingale (Scotland, Kentucky) and Chris Tanguay (Maine)

Novice and Amateur Classes: James Miles (Kentucky)


And a very special thank you to our event sponsors; we couldn’t do it without you!


Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (KY)

Tahoma Flying Fish Seafood & Oyster Company (KY)

Trow & Holden, Fine Stoneworking Tools (VT)


Indian Creek Stone Products (IN)

Traditional Bank (KY)

Mitchell Landscapes (NC)


Bobcat Enterprizes (KY)

Sellersburg Stone (IN)

Coffee donated by Granada Coffee Shop (KS)

Photography by Rodney Poynter (KY)

Snacks by Debra Baker (KY)

Go to our photo albums for more photos.