WS2Conservation of Dry-Laid Stone Masonry: It's Not Just Stacking Stone!
Sunday and Monday, November 1 and 2
The Kansas City’s Parks and Boulevard system and rural Kansas / Missouri is home to miles of dry-laid stone fences and retaining walls. The full two-day workshop will cover the conservation of dry laid stone and techniques involved for reconstruction. The workshop will include education sessions of the history of dry-laid stone and tools of the trade, tours of recently conserved dry-laid stone retaining walls reviewing unique techniques inherent in the Midwest, and interactive demonstrations and hands-on field work guided by a master craftsman to learn basic dry laid stone techniques and rebuild sections of dry laid stone walls.
• Discuss philosophies and strategies for primary building methodologies of traditional dry-laid stone wall construction and gain knowledge of the common types of stone used in dry-laid stone walls. Presentations will address construction unique to the Midwest and Kansas City Parks and Boulevard System.
• Build in-depth understanding of appropriate tools and construction techniques for the building and repair of a dry-laid stone wall under the guidance of a master craftsman.
• Discuss common causes of deterioration and identify short term as well as long term methods for stabilization of wall construction.
• Gain knowledge of traditional stone laying masonry which is quickly becoming a disappearing craft due to lack of demand for these techniques in modern day times.
Fee: $550. Fee Includes: Breakfasts, lunches and materials
Location: Day 1 - Library, Baltimore Club. Day 2 – Depart from Grand Lobby, Baltimore Club
Transportation: APT will provide bus or shuttle to/from Baltimore Club
Dress Code: Casual (jeans) with good walking shoes
Recommended Equipment: Notebook, camera and work examples for possible discussion with colleagues
Maximum attendance: 20
Handicapped Accessibility: Email APT for details
Continuing Education Credits: 13 hours
Jane M. Wooley, RLA is a Registered Landscape Architect and Restoration Program Manager for the Dry Stone Conservancy. Since joining the Conservancy staff in June 1997, she has managed the Conservancy’s many workshops and training/restoration project partnerships. Ms. Wooley has lectured throughout the United States as well as France, England and Ireland on the merits of drystone construction and the history of dry-laid stone masonry in America. She has authored numerous journal and magazine articles, restoration reports and drystone masonry specifications as well as co-produced three of the Conservancy’s training videos.
Neil Rippingale, the Dry Stone Conservancy's Training Program Manager, joined their staff in 2001. He is a Master Craftsman certified by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. Prior to joining the Conservancy, he was owner and manager of N.R. Stonecraft in Ediburgh, Scotland and worked as an independent walling contractor throughout the central belt of Scotland. In his twenty-five plus year career as a drystone waller, Neil has received several prestigious awards for his work including first place wins in Central Scotland Walling Competitions and the Pinnacle Award (DSWA's highest award). He has taught drystone walling to more than 3,000 trainees and worked in Australian, Switzerland, Scotland, England, Nova Scotia and Montreal as well as most of the states in the USA. As the Conservancy's Training Program Manager, Neil wears many hats - technical consultant, workshop instructor, mason mentor, certification program examiner and competition organizer as well as project superintendent for the Conservancy's restoration and training projects.
Dona Boley, Author of Images of America
Kansas City’s Parks and Boulevards, Kansas City Historian.
Robert Hoard, Kansas Historical Society, Cultural Resources
Rocky Slaymaker, Certified Qualified Drystone Mason
Jakob Drentlaw, Regional mason
Student studying Architecture at Kansas State University
Kip Davis, Owner and Craftsman,
Architectural Masonry & Restoration, Inc.