JOE DINWIDDIE (North Carolina) Joe began his drystone masonry career in 1997 during a revival of the craft in central Kentucky. Historic drystone fences were being disassembled along two-lane roads, then rebuilt to accommodate four-lane roads. That effort led to a wide range of municipal, commercial, and residential drystone work in Kentucky. Joe earned his Level 1 certification in Kentucky, his level 2 certification in Scotland, and his certification as an instructor in 2001, then re-certified as an instructor in 2016. He earned his masters degree in vocational education from the University of Kentucky in 2001.
After seven years of working with the top drystone masonry crews in Kentucky, Joe started his own business, Drystone Joe. He designs, builds, and restores drystone features throughout the US. He also leads workshops on drystone masonry throughout the US, and is a teaching artist in K-12 schools using drystone masonry to teach math, science, art, and social studies. Joe designed and patented a 3-dimensional arch puzzle which he uses to teach the principles of drystone masonry, and wrote a drystone masonry manual.
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