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May 2017 Workshops in Fayette County, KY

We are happy to announce two workshops in Fayette County, Kentucky at the end of May.

May 26-27 (Fri-Sat) we will offer a two-day introductory workshop.  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. Led by DSC Master Craftsman, Neil Rippingale, it should be an excellent opportunity to learn from one of the best.  More information and registration can be found here.

May 28 (Sun) we will offer a single-day wallhead construction workshop.  This workshop will also be led by Neil Rippingale.  It will be a chance for those who have already taken a workshop and are wanting to advance some of their skill.  This course will skim over some stone dressing techniques to fabricate the stones for use in wallheads, lintel, etc.  More information, and registration can be found here.



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Spring 2017 Workshop Schedule!

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