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Introductory Dry Stone Retaining Wall Workshop

April 27 @ 8:30 am - April 28 @ 5:00 pm



Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
3501 Lexington Road
Harrodsburg, KY 40330 United States
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Introductory Workshops are designed for drystone enthusiasts with little to no previous experience who would like to gain a basic understanding of dry stone 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. Below is a rough example of the two-day itinerary.


8:30a – Classroom session and presentation covering the basics and fundamentals, safety, and what you can expect for the rest of the workshop. Coffee and donuts provided.

10:30a – Review of basics, on-site. Tear down section of wall, prepare site for foundation, lay proper foundation.

12p – Lunch, provided

1p – Setting up frames and lines, build first lift, prepare tie stones

4p – Review / Q and A


8:30a – Review of previous day; start on second lift

12p – Lunch, provided

1p – Finish second lift, install cover stones and coping stones

4p – Review / Q and A / Course Evaluations

This introductory workshop will be held at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill near Harrodsburg, Kentucky.  Workshop participants will rebuild a section of a historic retaining wall on this beautiful nature preserve, with more than 24 miles of historic rock fences and dry stone masonry. For on-site lodging and more information about Shaker Village, go to The Inn – Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (shakervillageky.org)

Payments are refundable (less a $25 cancellation fee) only if we hear from you at least two weeks prior to the first day of your workshop.  Deposits and payments are otherwise nonrefundable. 

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