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"Learn to build with stone" workshop

Stonework-techniques and projects

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"Building stone walls" program can be an ultimate holiday experience as it offers recreation in a place of natural beauty and an apprenticeship of a beautiful and useful craft. A unique seaside location of the accommodations and it s mountainous surroundings offer endless possibli great homy food based primarily on the produce of a private garden, and above all an opportunity to learn an all-time-great art of stone masonry taught by a master craftsman who provides the timeless wisdom he has gained from heaving and hewing stone.

Notably this holiday program is great even for families with kids as the accommodations are situated on a beach front in a village which offers necessary services: supermarkets, pharmacy, playgrounds and some cooking classes with Tasia!!!The village is only 6 km away from a larger town of Kyparissia with post office, banks and a beautiful old town with a castle.



most articulate voices on the natural world and our relationship to it. the medium is stone: He is the nation's premier drystone wall builder. Schooled in this ancient craft, he painstakingly creates structures as breathtaking as sculpture with nothing but gravity as their glue.
In a voice as expressive as Annie Dillard's and as informed as John McPhee's, Snow demonstrates astonishing range as he touches on such subjects as geology, philosophy, and community. We learn that stone's grace comes from its unique characteristics—its capacity to give, its surprising fluidity, its ability to demand respect, and its role as a steadying force in nature. In these fast-paced times, Snow’s life's work offers an antidote: the luxury of patience, the bounty and quietude of nature, the satisfaction of sweat. "I work with stone," he ultimately tells us, "because stone is so much work."

The workshops for the general public to learn basic dry stone technique and for advanced mason training. Participants learn standards in dry and stone masonry and then participate in building projects to upgrade their skills.

Dates and locations for workshops are listed on the accompanying registration form. Workshops run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, beginning with a classroom introduction to the techniques of dry stone masonry, followed by hands-on instruction while restoring or building a dry stone wall. Participants bring their own work gloves, safety glasses and a rock or brick hammer and their own food (unless otherwise noted). DSC will provide extra hammers for those who don’t already own or plan to buy one.

The Conservancy regularly offers workshops and training courses taught by highly qualified instructors teaching internationally-accepted standards for the craft. Introductory two-day workshops are geared to three groups: those interested in careers as professional dry stone masons; those interested in building or restoring their own drystone fences and garden walls; and professional designers, engineers, inspectors and project owners who design and oversee drystone masonry restoration projects.

Conservancy workshops involve hands-on instruction in the fundamental structural techniques involved in building a durable early Kentucky rock fence or retaining wall. Courses include a classroom component where participants learn the history and uses of drystone walls, the fundamentals techniques of drystone construction and the opportunities available for restoration and new construction. After viewing a brief training video participants then proceed to the workshop site to dismantle and fully restore a failed section of historic stone wall. A training manual is provided for all workshop participants.

History of Workshop

Introductory training workshops sponsored by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Kentucky Heritage Council were first conducted by the Dry Stone Conservancy in 1995 and 1996 to pre-qualify masons interested in bidding rock fence work for the Paris Pike widening project. Shortly thereafter, Kentucky State Parks sponsored two training courses at Fort Harrod to restore their fences and train local masons for future work.

The book is a very rich user so highly descriptive and detailed analyzes of the stone building, the peculiarities of different kinds of rocks, and buildings, while rich and gives instructions for beginners, but also for technicians.
In total 100 pages of tasteful manual describes among other best practices to build a furnace for stone bridge, to build tall walls of modern buildings, foundations, corners, stairs and presses.

CALLENDAR OF ACTIVITIES

Dates and locations for workshops are listed on the accompanying registration form. Workshops run from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, beginning with a classroom introduction to the techniques of dry stone masonry, followed by hands-on instruction while restoring or building a dry stone wall. Participants bring their own work gloves, safety glasses and a rock or brick hammer and their own food (unless otherwise noted). DSC will provide extra hammers for those who don’t already own or plan to buy one.

Introductory Workshops are designed for drystone enthusiasts with little to no previous experience who would like to gain a basic understanding of drystone construction techniques. The pace will be comfortable and participants will learn the fundamental skills needed to build and repair a typical rock fence or retaining wall.

Certification Prep Workshops and Stone Dressing Clinics are designed for individuals who have already taken an introductory workshop, have mastered the basic skills involved and are ready to take on the challenge of more complicated work. The pace is a bit more rigorous than that of an introductory workshop.