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Hands-on post rock limestone workshop to be offered
Post rock limestone workshop

LUCAS — A two-day workshop will allow participants to learn what it is like to work with the unique post rock limestone found in north-central Kansas. This is a chance to learn about the culture, history, geology and architecture of this unique layer of Kansas limestone in a hands-on experience, sponsors said.

Building on the success of last year’s “Hands-On” event in Lucas, stone-working skills will be taught Oct. 12-13 on a working farmstead near Lucas. This two-day workshop, hosted by the Grassroots Art Center, Bluestem Quarry and Stoneworks and the Midland Railroad Hotel, is part of an ongoing effort to maintain and renew interest in the post rock limestone found in north-central Kansas.  

This year participants will learn what it takes to repair a failing stone wall by prepping, choosing, cutting and mortaring the replacement stones, while working alongside professional stone craftsman Jon Pancost and his crew from Bluestem Quarry and Stoneworks in Lucas.  

Registration for the workshop will include two days of hands-on activities, lunches, a stone quarry demonstration, and information on the architecture, history and cultural use of Post rock limestone. Friday evening a social event and presentation by preservation architect Julia Manglitz of TreanorHL, Lawrence, will be held in Wilson. This event will be free and open to the public.

The cost of the two-day workshop is $225, which includes lunch and tools. Class size is limited. Tools will be furnished but participants should bring gloves, safety glasses and wear covered-toe shoes. For more information and a registration packet, contact the Grassroots Art Center in Lucas at 785-525-6118 or You can also register at: using the “donate” tab.