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Dry Stone Masonry Workshop

Enjoy the crisp fall mountain days at Pine Mountain Settlement School learning and perfecting the art of dry stone masonry with expert instructor Drystone Joe Dinwiddie.  In this workshop, participants will learn the principles of tried and true drystone masonry connection, informed by the traditions of global stonemasonry through time. This class is a multi-media educational experience: lecture, video, hands-on assemblies in class, hands-on assemblies outside, drawing, math, and even folk dancing! The topics covered include: stone varieties and sources, tools for moving and shaping stone, safety, drystone methodology, estimating time, money and materials, shaping stone, and basic steps for constructing a range of landscape features. Students should bring: snug fit work gloves, safety glasses, a tape measure, knee pads, and boots. After our class time, we will repair or build new stonemasonry features on the Pine Mountain Settlement School campus.

Cost for the drystone workshop is $395 for adults.

Visitors to Pine Mountain may stay in dormitory or cottage-style housing. Single rooms are available upon request. Linens are furnished.

Meals are served in the Laurel House dining room. When possible, the School serves vegetables grown on campus. Vegetarian meals are available upon request.

To reserve your spot click the link below, call 606-558-3571, or email

About Drystone Joe Dinwidde

“Drystone Joe” Dinwiddie has 21 years of experience in this craft. He learned drystone masonry from Dry Stone Walling Association educator & author, Richard Tufnell, and  other skilled drystone masons in the mid- 1990’s during a revival of the craft. Joe earned his bachelors degree at Berea College in Appalachian Studies, and has a master's degree in vocational education from the University of Kentucky. He is licensed to teach grades 6-12 social studies. He has certification as a drystone mason and drystone masonry educator from the Drystone Walling Association of Great Britain. He’s been teaching the craft since 2001 in a wide range of settings to participants between the ages of 7 and 83. He is a rostered drystone masonry teaching artist in K-12 schools in central & southern Appalachia. Joe authored a manual on drystone masonry, and developed a patent-pending 3-D arch puzzle to teach the principles of drystone construction.