DSC’s 9th Annual National Dry Stone Walling Competition:
After taking last year off, we are pleased to announce the return of the Conservancy’s Annual National Walling Competition to be held at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill near Harrodsburg, Kentucky on Saturday, November 2, 2013!
Come and join us for a day in the country to watch or participate in the nation’s only annual drystone walling competition which draws competitors from across America and beyond! At our most recent competition, 24 wallers from five states competed for top cash and tool prizes in novice, amateur and professional classes while restoring over 150 linear feet of historic rock fence in just 8 hours! Now that is something to see!
Drystone wallers interested in competing are invited to download the registration form from our website at www.drystone.org or click this link:
You may also be interested in participating in some or all of a series of activities that have collectively and affectionately been called Dry Stone Boot Camp by previous participants!
An Introductory 2-Day Workshop on October 26 & 27 (Sat/Sun) and a CombinedIntroductory & Advanced2-Day Workshop on October 30 & 31 (Wed/Thurs) will be offered at Shaker Village prior to the Competition. These workshops give participants the opportunity to acclimate to Kentucky’s limestone and prepare themselves for the specifications required for the Competition and Certification exams to follow. Training in wallheads and retaining walls will also be covered during the Advanced Workshop for the benefit of certification candidates. To register, click here:
Certification candidates who also participate in the Competition on Saturday can arrange for the judges to score their wall sections for their Certification exam at the same time. If they pass, their Competition scores will count as their Certification timed test. Otherwise, they will have another opportunity on Monday following the Competition for the group Certification Timed Tests at Shaker Villageon November 4, 2013. Candidates can arrange to build their required special features at the site anytime during the 2 weeks prior to the group exams.
Or, you can just sign up for the Certification Exams. At least once a year, the Conservancy offers group certification exams as a way to keep the costs down for the candidates. Candidates can arrange for their own exams at any time, but must pay considerably more. For those going for Journeyman and Master-level certification, for which two examiners are required, the cost to participate in the group exams can be hundreds of dollars less expensive than arranging it on your own.
For those traveling from afar, Dry Stone Boot Camp is a great way to do it all . . . take a workshop, compete and go for certification all within a single week! Plus, you’ll meet new friends and colleagues from around the country.
Beginners Workshop: Saturday-Sunday, October 26 & 27
Beginners/Advanced Workshop: Wednesday-Thursday, October 30 & 31
Competition: Saturday, November 2
Certification Timed Exams: Monday, November 4 (with special features arranged for the weeks prior)
If you can’t make it for any of these dates, we are also offering several other workshops this fall in September, October and November. We are finalizing our Fall 2013 Workshop Schedule, and will post it soon to our Workshops page.
Dry Stone Rocks!
For more information about the Conservancy’s mission and activities, visit our website at www.drystone.org or contact the office at 859-266-4807.
The mission of the nonprofit Dry Stone Conservancy is to preserve historic drystone structures and to revive and promote the ancient craft of dry-laid stone masonry.