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9th Annual Walling Competition Nov 2nd! Certification Exams Nov 4th! “Dry Stone Boot Camp” information.


DSC's 8th Annual National Walling Competition at Shaker Village in Kentucky
DSC’s 8th Annual National Walling Competition at Shaker Village in Kentucky

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 or click this link:

DSC’s 9th Annual Competition Registration Form – Nov 2, 2013


Dry Stone Boot Camp:

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 Combined Introductory & Advanced 2-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:

DSC Fall 2013 Workshop Schedule & Registration Form



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 Village on 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.

To apply for certification, click this link:


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 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.

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Register soon for October 13th Certification Exams to be held in Kentucky!

DSC Certification Program Exam

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, KY – Wednesday & Thursday, Oct 12-14

The DSC program is the only national certification program for dry stone craftsmen in the United States. The program was modeled after the highly successful professional registry of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA), and was tailored to the needs of preservationists and professional designers in the United States, including the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the National Park Service.

More information & Download Registration Form