Sean Donnelley just got back from a trip down to Kentucky. He visited the good folk at the Dry Stone Conservancy. Sean explained he went down as a spectator to see how they do the walling competition (which they have every year at this time) but ended up competing at the last minute, and did very well. He was awarded 2nd place in the professional class!
Above is a photo of the completed section of wall he built for his journeyman certification which he also accomplished while he was down there. He had to do a curved wall, which is very tricky. String lines are useless for doing curves and maintaining the right batter is very important too. Well done Sean !
Sean tells me will be at the Alton Mills Dry Stone Wall Festival this year and if you see him there you might want to extend to him your congratulations too!