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Pine Mountain Settlement School weekend workshop to focus on dry stone wall construction

Press Release Date:  Thursday, October 09, 2008  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

From the Ground Up: The Art of Building Dry Stone Walls, a 4th 
annual workshop to rebuild a historic retaining wall on the campus of Pine Mountain Settlement School, a National Historic Landmark in Harlan County.  Instruction will focus on history of the art, demonstrations and hands-on repair.

October 10-12, beginning with dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday, instruction from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and concluding with lunch Sunday.

Instructor Richard Tufnell, co-founder of the Dry Stone Conservancy, Inc., in the United States.  He is an award-winning stone mason from Scotland who makes annual trips to the United States to work on special projects, and he also works on dry stone buildings throughout the world.  He will be assisted by Jan Hutto Bush.

The goal of the workshop series is to complete rebuilding of a historic retaining wall adjacent to an access road.  Participants complete between 50 to 60 feet of the wall each year.  Dry stone construction requires no mortar, as stones are cut and placed in a stable arrangement to create beautiful, durable structures.

Pine Mountain Settlement School sponsors the workshop in conjunction with the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office.  The school was founded in 1913 for children in Kentucky's remote southeastern mountains and as a social center for surrounding communities.  Today, the school provides instruction in environmental education, Appalachian culture and crafts.

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens.  This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.


Last Updated 10/9/2008