Welcome to The Stone Trust

Established in southern Vermont in 2010, The Stone Trust’s mission is to preserve and advance the art and craft of dry stone walling.  We do this through an expanding program of educational events and outreach projects. The Stone Trust is a multifaceted resource engaged in preserving the natural use of plentiful stone in simple, gratifying ways.


The Stone Trust Center is the only facility in North America that provides year round educational and DSWA certification opportunities for all levels and abilities. The Stone Trust is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization. It relies on contributions from people like you to keep it’s programs going. Help us continue to preserve and advance the art and craft of Dry Stone Walling!


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From the Blog
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    NY-NJ Trail Conferance Workshop Success!
    Posted November 9, 2016

    The 2nd workshop a the New York – New Jersey Trail Conference was a great success. With 7 workshop participants on Friday getting ready for the build, and 10 over the weekend, the wall was finished by 3pm on Sunday. Lead by certified Master Craftsman and Instructor Brian Post, Friday’s participants learned about the value of sorting stone, and several ways of building and setting up batter frames. Over the weekend participants did a great job on a difficult section that was curved….


    Spring 2017 Schedule
    Posted October 24, 2016

    2017 Spring Event Schedule is Below: (Subject to Changes) Register for all events at www.thestonetrust.org  online registration and more info will be up soon.  Check our upcoming events to see if it is up. Contact Brian Post at (802) 490-9607 or brian.post@thestonetrust.org with any questions. more info…


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    Philip Dolphin Coming to The Stone Trust
    Posted September 15, 2016

    Phipip Dolphin will be coming to The Stone Trust for our September 2016 events as an instructor and examiner. He is one of the best wallers in the world, and we are excited to have him coming to The Stone Trust for the first time.


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    Stonesthrow Festival Queenston, ON
    Posted August 22, 2016

    Willowbank announces ‘Stonesthrow’ 2016 Stone Festival

    September 30th – October 3rd

    Willowbank is proud to share the details of its 2016 Stonesthrow Stone Festival which will run the
    weekend of September 30th to October 2nd with additional certification courses on Monday October
    3rd. This year’s festival will feature a slate of short courses and lectures on traditional building methods,
    live music, an artisan market and a dance.


    The Stone Trust 2016 Dry Stone Walling Calendar
    2017 Calendar – Submit your Photos!
    Posted July 31, 2016

    The Stone Trust’s 2016 Calendar was a big hit. We are doing it again for 2017 and want your photos to put in it.

    Any Professional Member is invited to submit photos of their work. Photos need to be high resolution and high quality. Each month is devoted to one waller or their business. The large photo must be of your work or work you lead. Smaller photos could be of you working on others projects, but must be noted as such.


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    Last Chance for Certification in 2016
    Posted July 31, 2016

    The August 15th registration deadline for the Fall Certification Tests is just a few days away, and there are just a few spots remaining. Registering online is easy. Don’t miss your spot in the last certification day of 2016.

    Becoming a Certified Waller is a key credential for anyone doing walling professionally.


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    The Stone Trust Returns To NY-NJ Trail Conference
    Posted July 31, 2016

    The long awaited 2nd workshop at the NY-NJ Trail Conference has been scheduled and registration is now open. This 2nd workshop will take up where the 1st workshop left off and complete the wall in front of the Trail Conference’s Historic Darlington School house. There is another section of roadside wall to complete, a curving section by the entrance, and some capstones to finish up on the section built in last spring’s workshop.


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    Kim Coggin Joins the Stone Trust Board of Directors
    Posted July 31, 2016

    The Stone Trust is excited to announce that Kim Coggin has joined the Board of Directors. Kim is a DSWA-GB Certified Level II Waller and Certified instructor, one of just two women in the US with these qualifications. Kim has been involved with The Stone Trust for years, taking workshops and becoming certified at The Stone Trust. Since becoming a certified instructor in 2013 she has also been teaching workshops at The Stone Trust.


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    Photos of May 2016 Events
    Posted June 12, 2016

    Photos of May 2016 Events including the Two-Day Level 1 workshop, The Irish and Scottish wall workshop, Test Days, and Instructors Certification Course


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    Freehand Walling Volunteer Day With Dan Snow
    Posted May 9, 2016

    Free-Hand Walling: Building without hammer or line.
    Volunteer Day May 15th 9am to 4pm
    Wilder Cemetery in Dummerston VT
    With Dan Snow.


Upcoming Stone Trust Events
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    Contractors Workshop: One Day Indoor
    Friday, March 31, 2017

    This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc. Level 1 for beginners, and Level 2 for experienced wallers.


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    Introductory Workshop: One Day Indoor
    Satuday, April 8, 2017

    This workshop is perfect for the homeowner or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls. If you are looking to learn more before starting to build a wall at home or trying to educate yourself before hiring someone else to build a wall. This is the workshop for you. It is great introduction for landscapers who are looking to get into dry stone walling. Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall (one side), using natural round fieldstone. Participants will learn all the basic rules of structural walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project.


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    Stone Shaping and Batter Frames Workshop: One Day Outdoor
    Sunday, April 9, 2017

    This workshop will spend ½ the day learning about how to shape stones for use in dry stone walls. Participants will be introduced to a variety of stone types, and how to work with them. Both hand and power tools will be demonstrated and used.

    The stone shaping portion will focus on efficient practices, learning how to look at a stone and judge how to shape it, as well as proper use and care of tools. Stone types worked will likely include, granite, slate, local quarried schist, gneiss ‘field stone’ and more. Participants are encouaged to bring samples of their local stone to practice shaping, as well as any tools they would like to learn how to better use.


    Dry Stone Retaining Wall Course
    Retaining Wall Workshop: One Day Outdoor
    Sunday, April 9, 2017

    Here in the North East, many of the walls people are building are retaining walls. While all the principals of a free standing wall apply there are additional rules and methods to follow when building retaining walls. The focus needs to be on a sound structure that will last for generations. The stone may be round field stone or flatter ledge stone. The rules and principals learned here can be applied to all retaining walls whether hand-built or built with large stones and equipment.


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    Introductory Workshop: One Day Outdoor
    Saturday, May 6, 2017

    This workshop is perfect for the homeowner or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls. If you are looking to learn more before starting to build a wall at home or trying to educate yourself before hiring someone else to build a wall. This is the workshop for you. It is great introduction for landscapers who are looking to get into dry stone walling.

    Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall (one side), using flat ledge stone. Participants will learn all the basic rules of structural walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project. The different type of stone used is the primary difference between this workshop and the indoor introductory workshops.


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    Spring Certification Test Days
    Saturday, May 22 & 23, 2017

    Become a Certified Dry Stone Waller, or increase your level! Dry Stone Wall Certification is a must have for the professional waller or landscaper, and fun to have for homeowner and hobbyist too. Each test involves dismantling and rebuilding a specified section of wall in a 7 hour time limit. Level 3 and 4 also include untimed feature builds. Each level increases substantially in difficulty. Becoming a certified waller will help you build better and faster. As more and more clients become educated on the benefits of using certified wallers, it is becoming a needed credential for professionals. Those who become Level 2 certified, can then take the instructors certification course and teach stone walling.

    Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall (one side), using flat ledge stone. Participants will learn all the basic rules of structural walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project. The different type of stone used is the primary difference between this workshop and the indoor introductory workshops.


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