Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Work continues on this community project, with the Conservancy providing stone sourcing and installation for this wonderful project. The garden is designed to represent Kentucky's varying terrain, and includes traditional walls, weeping springs, and more. The Arboretum is open to the public, so come on out and see our work.
The Conservancy's annual walling competition is the only one of its kind in the nation (as far as we know, and the world of drystone in America is kind of small!). This year more than thirty competitors traveled from ten different states to compete in three different divisions: novice, amateur and professional. The all-day event was almost rained out, but luckily all the rain fell the day before. I say lucky, but check out the standing water. The competitors slugged through however and came through winningly!
In July, the Conservancy participated as a sponsor and demonstrator during the annual Preservation Trades Network's Mini Rendezvous. The event, which brings together many traditional trades practitioners, was held in Frankfort, Kentucky over the Independence Day weekend. We designed a planter bed for the park's entrance sign (where the event was held). We combined all three styles of traditional Kentucky rock fence in the design, and we're quite pleased with the way it turned out!
In June of this year, we returned to the world famous distillery near Bardstown, to help them restore more of their rock fences. As you can see, the fences had fallen out quite a bit, but we were able to rebuild the fence, and it's great looking!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
On June 13th volunteers came out to Old Richmond Road in the foggy morning to continue repairs they had begun last fall on an historic roadside fence. The fence had been completely demolished by a non-certified mason who took the money and ran! The fence is a long one, and it will take a few more days like this to get it fully repaired. As you can see from the photos the volunteers are working under tight, potentially dangerous conditions. This is often the case with our roadside fences. I like the photo of the horses trotting down to see what's going on.
On May 30th and 31st, the Conservancy conducted a Special Features Workshop for participants who had taken at least one introductory workshop. The participants learned under the tutelage of master craftsmen, and came away with enhanced skills. The workshop was held at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill near Harrodsburg, KY, and the feature will remain as an outdoor installation that will add to the experience as this historic site. Congratulations to all who participated! I just wish I could get them to leave the water bottles out of the photos!
On Saturday, May 30th, volunteers gathered to repair the old cemetery walls surrounding the Stonermouth Presbyterian Church Cemetery in historic Ruddle's Mill in Bourbon County, Kentucky. On hand were board members and volunteers from the local historical society in charge of protecting the cemetery. The cemetery is very large and is completely surrounded by rock fence. Images are of the preparatory work where a foundation course was set to allow small vehicles to enter the cemetery for grounds maintenance.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
On Saturday, May 16th, six volunteers made repairs to the Turnpike Era rock fences that line the old US 33 route at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. The Volunteer Work Day was in conjunction with the National Barn Alliance's annual National Barn Conference, held at Shaker Village that weekend. Participants in the conference stopped by on Saturday morning to have their questions answered by me and our mason leader.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Our first Volunteer Work Day of 2009 was held on a chilly, rainy day in Woodford County. Thanks to cover provided by canopies our volunteers stayed dry. Four volunteers showed up to offer their skills and time to make two repairs to a very old cemetery wall. The cemetery is part o the Jack Jouett House Historic Site, and is the home of Captain Jack Jouett, the "Paul Revere of the South."
Our first workshop of the year had eleven participants, and was held at the historic Hebron Cemetery in Anderson County, KY. The cemetery has a variety of fence type. Participants spent two days learning the proper techniques for dismantling and repairing a rock fence, and encountered one hurdle - a tree that had grown up next to the fence. The solution was to cut the offending trunk of the tree and build the fence over its stump. The site also had a natural spring with a dry-laid wall above it.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The Dry Stone Conservancy's 2009 Public Workshop Schedule has now posted to our website. These workshops fill very quickly because they are extremely popular, so if you are interested, be sure to sign up quickly. There are some really interesting Kentucky sites this year, including Lower Howard's Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve and Maker's Mark Distillery. Come join us!
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Already this year, I've been to three meetings where I presented my slideshow on the Conservancy and Kentucky's rich drystone history. In February, I have two more meetings scheduled. If you would like to schedule a presentation for your organization, please contact us. The photo is from the presentation in Georgetown, KY for the Scott County Historical Society.