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Thank you to the wood shed building team!

Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph; Fairfield, PA. Click here to view photos.

With heartfelt gratitude, Dry Stone Conservancy thanks the people who built this incredible 20′ x 30′ x 8’4″ dry-laid wood shed in 6 weeks using only stone harvested from the site.

Trainers: Neil Rippingale, Richard Tinsley, Nick Aitken, and Zachary Goebelt

Trainees and Volunteers: Edward (Ned) Thilo, David Annandale, Conrad McQuaide, Eli McQuaide, Patrick Lemmon, Lee Esh, Levi King, Gideon King, Jeffrey Weller, William Johnson, William Russell, Johnny King, Raymond Esh, and Marlin Esh.

Thank you also to: Mother Therese and Mother Stella Marie for their vision and coordination; general contractors Rich and Scott from Secrest Constructions; architect Riccardo Vicenzino; and timber framers Joshua Coleman and Tony Zoya who designed and led the roof construction.

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Spring 2018 Workshop Schedule!!!

It is that time again!  We have a busy season planned and can’t wait for the weather to break.

Our Workshops this Spring are ready to rock!  You can pay here on our website or mail in a check.  We need registration forms as well (Page 4 of the document below).  We hope to see you guys on the wall!

March 24 – Saturday – One-day Stone Dressing Clinic at Shaker Village – taught by Master Craftsman, Neil Rippingale (SOLD OUT-waitlist open)

March 25 – Sunday – One-day Stone Dressing Clinic at Shaker Village – taught by Master Craftsman, Neil Rippingale – (SOLD OUT-waitlist open)

April 6-7 – Friday & Saturday – Two-day Corners Workshop – Learn techniques to build and incorporate dry stone corners

April 14-15 – Saturday & Sunday – Two-day Introductory Workshop – Learn the basics of dry stone masonry (SOLD OUT-waitlist open)

April 20-21 – Friday & Saturday – Two-day Edge Fence Workshop – Learn how to build a dry stone edge fence

April 27-28 – Friday & Saturday – Two-day Introductory Workshop – Learn the basics of dry stone masonry

If you are interested in being on the waitlist for a workshop in the event of a cancellation, contact us at


You can make a deposit here. **Please note which workshop you are making a deposit for in the notes**


You can find the registration document here.


Stay tuned for more event announcements.  We hope to see you out there!

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Results from the 2017 Robert M. Brewer National Dry Stone Walling Competition…

Congratulations to all of the winners and participants.  This year we had 23 competitors from 8 states rebuild 140 feet of rock fence in eight hours!

You can check pictures from the day out by clicking here.


Previous Winners Professional Class

1st Place – Cecil Aguilar – Cynthiana, KY

2nd Place – Isai Trejo – Fayetteville, TN

3rd Place – Ricardo Trejo – Fayetteville, TN

4th Place – Jesus Aguilar – Cynthiana, KY

 Professional Class

1st Place – Lucas Koch – Cottonwood Falls, KS

2nd Place – Brandon Traylor – Spottswood, VA

3rd Place – Alex Miller – Akron, OH

4th Place – Levi Anderson – Shelbyville, KY

5th Place – Chris Cartney – Byron, MN

6th Place – Dane Clark – West Union, OH

 Amateur Class

1st Place – Joe Horacek – Milford, IN

2nd Place – James Heath – Milford, IN

3rd Place – Greg Millar – Milford, IN

 Novice Class

1st Place – Brad Knight – Louisville, KY

2nd Place – Jordan Ford – Newark, OH

3rd Place – Thomas Martin – Milford, IN

 Best Foundations

Isai Trejo – Fayetteville, TN

 Best Coping

Nestor Hernandez – Fayetteville, TN

 Best Use of Stone/Historic Match

Dane Clark – West Union, OH