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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.


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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