Annual dry stone masonry workshop scheduled at PMSS

Special to Civitas Media

August 6, 2014

For the ninth year, award-winning dry stone mason Richard Tufnell will be returning to Pine Mountain Settlement School to teach the dry stone masonry workshop during Fall Arts Weekend, Oct. 10-12.

“From the Ground Up — The Art of Building Dry Stone Walls” 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 also includes presentations on the history of dry stone construction and demonstrations on various styles of dry stone masonry. Students will work on a short stone wall on the School’s campus. They will begin with the ground course and end with the capstone.

Richard has worked on dry stone projects in at least 40 countries. In the United States, he has worked on projects in national and state parks. Lexington presented the key to the city to Richard for his work to help create the Dry Stone Conservancy and revive interest in the art of dry stone masonry.

This workshop is designed to accommodate all skill levels. Class size is limited to 15.

The cost for this workshop is $350, which includes tools, safety glasses, tuition, meals, snacks and lodging.

For more information, contact Deb Callahan at 606-558-3571.

You may register online at www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com or email office@pinemountainsettlementschool.com.