Whitney Brown

Whitney Brown

Whitney Brown is a dry-stone waller and folklorist based in Greenville, South Carolina.

She spent her twenties bouncing between the University of North Carolina and the Smithsonian, small farms and commercial kitchens, and hillsides and blacksmith shops in Wales before realizing that she wanted to work with both her hands and her intellect.

Today, in addition to running her own stone masonry business, she continues to pursue independent oral history and photography projects in the US and Wales.

She can often be found staring up at stars, stretched out on picnic blankets, scrambling across remote hilltops, or helming a sailing vessel.

Publications

Whitney Brown @wbrownstone

Wales, I just wanna tell you a few of the famous 2009 shirts are still kicking around the @smithsonianfolklife festival. They make me want to cry. In a good way. https://www.instagram.com/p/CfpvKt_LuA2/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

The start of a long, good festival strike. Two more days of festival to go, but the main stage is outta here. https://www.instagram.com/p/CfitKhDuZC7/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

You don’t have to go back to that dusty festival thing, do you? Let’s just hang in my cave. https://www.instagram.com/p/CfeYQtvL5lc/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

Thanks so much for letting us chatter away about FOLDE - we’re so proud of the number of #indyshops in #shaftesbury #dorset @BAbooksellers #booktwitter https://twitter.com/ukindieday/status/1542421437725696000

In case anyone was wondering, I'm not tired of doing book events. You can still ask me. 😇

I am, however, tired of doing patios. Do not ask me to build you a patio. Unless it comes with hundreds of meters of actual dry-stone wall nearby.

For those who have been following my 5-year British double taxation saga: I FINALLY GOT THE REFUND ON TUESDAY. Never thought I'd see that money, but enough paperwork, letters & yelling in the void, and here it is. Special thanks to @NigDavT for urging an official complaint! $1600

Portrait of a Hillbilly [tomato]. https://www.instagram.com/p/CfXceVUr2N1/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

Never gets old. (But it will get new paint in a month or two!) https://www.instagram.com/p/CfXZAeZLWiT/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

Just posted a photo https://www.instagram.com/p/CfXY51-rCy_/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

Just posted a photo https://www.instagram.com/p/CfUCuXHL9Iz/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

What I ache for: that version of British summer so bright a lens can’t quite cope with it. Tall grasses, slow days, endless twilight, proper sandwiches out of a packet on some perfect lonesome hill.

Festival on the line. https://www.instagram.com/p/CfRg4_LLDs-/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

Current view: after a couple cocktails comes a hammock nap at the edge of my field. https://www.instagram.com/p/CfPsNM1vASa/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

Ostensibly, my garden. Somehow the overgrowth is less offensive when it is daisies. https://www.instagram.com/p/CfOq3PHL_MW/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

@laurabrooke59 Ooh … Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer, Between Stone and Sky by @wbrownstone, The way through the woods, by Long Litt Woon, On gallows down by @nicolawriting, Dancing with Bees @B_Strawbridge Divide @Jonesthejourno, Orlam by @PJHarveyUK, Quicksand tales @KeggieC

Nice to see the new structures I welded most of coming to life on the Mall. Took us a while, but it’s finally time again. https://www.instagram.com/p/CfIeyzhsDPt/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

Just posted a photo https://www.instagram.com/p/CfGVjgOOr5A/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

I’m not a rigger, but I’m playing at it today (with folks who are). https://www.instagram.com/p/CfFFcYqP2nz/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=

An anonymous letter called her yard ‘relentlessly gay.’ She raised $28,000 to be even more relentless. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/local/wp/2015/06/19/an-anonymous-letter-called-her-yard-relentlessly-gay-she-raised-28000-to-be-even-more-relentless/

A lot of people’s work—and a lot of vinyl—went into this magic. https://www.instagram.com/p/Ce-DTAus94h/?igshid=YTgzYjQ4ZTY=