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Spring 2016 Workshops & Event Schedule

The time has finally come…

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!

We will also be offering Certification Exams at the end of May!!!

DSC Spring Workshop Schedule & Registration Form

May 21st & 22nd (Sat & Sun) –– “Edge Fence Workshop” (introductory)

May 25th & 26th (Wed & Thurs) – “Certification Prep Workshop”

May 27th & 28th (Fri & Sat) –– “Spring 2016 Certification Exams”

Pay for or reserve workshops on our online store


Additional Information

Workshop Logistics

The Conservancy strives to maintain a ratio of one experienced instructor per six participants, thus assuring plenty of individual attention. A typical workshop includes from 6 to 12 participants, with no more than 18 permitted. Stone Dressing Clinics are limited to four participants and run for only one day each (see more information on the next page). Introductory and Certification Prep Workshops run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. both days, beginning with a brief introduction to dry stone masonry construction and safety, followed by two days of hands-on instruction while restoring or building a dry stone fence or retaining wall. The Conservancy will provide work gloves, safety glasses and rock or brick hammers for those who do not already own or plan to buy them in advance of the workshop.

Workshop Registration

The two-day workshop fee is $300.00. The one-day Stone Dressing Clinic fee is $200.00. The fee includes a copy of our training manual Building and Repairing Dry Stone Fences & Retaining Walls (other materials for the Stone Dressing Clinic) to be handed out on the first day of the workshop, plus online access prior to the workshop for viewing our training videos Walls of Stone and Building and Repairing Rock Fences and Retaining Walls. Lunches are also included; however, if you have any unusual dietary restrictions please plan to bring your own food. Additionally, upon successful completion of an introductory workshop, participants are then eligible to participate on the Conservancy’s Volunteer Work Days at no cost! For more information about our Volunteer Work Days, please contact the office.


Attendee Information Form

If you plan on attending a workshop or event, please complete this form. One submission per attendee is all we need.

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Fall 2017 Workshops & Events Schedule Now Available!

This fall the Dry Stone Conservancy will host two introductory workshops as well as one advanced level workshop and certifications for all levels.

Introductory Workshop – September 23-24 (Sat-Sun) : Fayette Co., KY – In this introductory level workshop participants will learn about historic rock fence restoration along a classic Kentucky thoroughfare.  More information about registration and payment can be accessed by clicking here.

Introductory Workshop – October 6-7 (Fri-Sat) : Fayette Co., KY – In this introductory level workshop participants will learn about historic cemetery wall restoration.  More information about registration and payment can be accessed by clicking here.

Certification Prep Workshop – October 18-19 (Wed-Thu) : Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill – This advanced level workshop is intended for those wishing to pursue DSC certification.  The workshop will be led by DSC Master Craftsman, Neil Rippingale.  More information about registration and payment can be accessed by clicking here.

Certification Exams – October 20 & 22 (Fri & Sun) : Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill – More information can be found here.  Payment can be made here.

Robert M. Brewer National Walling Competition – October 21 (Sat) : Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill – More information about this event can be found here.

DSC Fall 2017 Workshop Schedule & Registration Form

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10th Annual National Walling Competition – October 4th! Plus Other Dry Stone Boot Camp Activities . . .

Mark the date . . . Saturday, October 4, 2014 . . . for the Conservancy’s 10th Annual National Walling Competition to be held at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill near Harrodsburg, Kentucky.

Come 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, 22 wallers from six 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!

Drystone wallers interested in competing are invited to download the registration form from our website at www.drystone.org.

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!

A Combined Introductory & Advanced 2-Day Workshop on October 1 & 2 (Wed/Thurs) will be offered at Shaker Village prior to the Competition. The workshop will give participants the opportunity to acclimate to Kentucky’s limestone and prepare themselves for the specifications required for the National Walling Competition on October 4 (Sat) and the Certification Exams on October 3-6 (Fri-Mon). Training in wallheads and retaining walls will also be covered during the 2-day workshop for the benefit of certification candidates. Continue reading 10th Annual National Walling Competition – October 4th! Plus Other Dry Stone Boot Camp Activities . . .