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From the Ground Up

The Art of Building Dry Stone Walls

October 11-13, 2013
Pine Mountain Settlement School
Instructor: Richard Tufnell
A program of the Pine Mountain School for Practical Historic Preservation, now in its 12th year

Richard TufnellFor the eighth year, award-winning dry stone mason Richard Tufnell will be returning to Pine Mountain Settlement School to teach From the Ground Up – The Art of Building Dry Stone Walls, which will cover the basics of how to construct a dry stone wall. 

Students will learn how to cut and place stones in a stable and aesthetically pleasing manner.  The workshop will also include presentations on the history of dry stone construction, and demonstrations of various styles of dry stone masonry.  Students will perform the actual work on a stone wall on the school campus, beginning with the ground course and ending with the capstone.

Tufnell's work has taken him to 40 countries.  In the U.S., he has worked on projects in several national and state parks, and the city of Lexington awarded him the keys to the city for his work to help found the Dry Stone Conservancy and revive interest in the art of dry stone masonry.  He has written numerous newspaper and journal articles on dry stone construction.

This workshop is designed to accommodate all skill levels.

Class size is limited to 15.

The cost is $350, which includes tuition,
tools, safety glasses, meals, snacks and lodging.  The field school will begin with a 6 p.m. dinner Friday, October 11 and end with lunch on Sunday, October 13.

Students will stay in dormitory-style accommodations, with shared bath.  Bed linens and towels are furnished.  All Pine Mountain Settlement School buildings are smoke-free.  No pets or firearms are allowed on campus.

Meals are served in the Laurel House Dining Hall.  Vegetarian meals are available upon request.

Advance Deposit
A non-refundable advance deposit of $100 per person is required at the time of registration and will apply to the total cost of the event.  Lodging is not guaranteed without deposit.


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Last Updated 9/4/2013