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
    Free hand walling day
    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.


    Completed curved wall with guides removed
    BUILDING A CURVE IN VARIOUS WAYS
    Posted May 2, 2016

    he wallhead and the curve are two of the most demanding single elements in stone work. Demanding both in terms of the building requirements as well as the work they do. While the middle section of a straight freestanding wall is relatively static , the curve and wallhead both work a little harder in their lives. The wallhead “holds back ” the wall from the forces of lateral thrust trying to push and overturn it parallel to the length of the building line.
    The outside of the curve is subject to being “squeezed” or bulging outwardly. To counteract this natural tendency, in addition to proper building technique, tiestones or throughstones are a solidifying element to employ.


    Women's dry stone walling workshop group photo
    Women’s Workshop Success
    Posted May 2, 2016

    Our 2nd annual women’s workshop was huge success on Saturday April 30th. Kim Coggin from Johnstown PA and Jo Hodgson from Ottawa Canada were the two Certified Instructors. Hillary Dees also volunteered, making it the first time that all three certified Level 2 women wallers from North America were together.


    Just look at all those dry stone wallers at this NJ workshop
    NY-NJ Wall Workshop Success
    Posted April 19, 2016

    The Dry Stone Walling workshop in Mahwah NJ was a huge success with 30 participants building over 300 sq ft (600 face sq ft) of wall built in just 3 days.

    Special thanks to our four great instructors Brian Post, Jared Flynn, Michael Murphy, and Torben Larsen.

    Big Thanks to Kevin Simpson and Ama Koenigshof for arranging this workshop and doing all the set up.


    Nick Aiken at The Gathering of Stones 2013.  (image source stonefest.org)
    Nick Aitken, Master Craftsman
    Posted April 8, 2016

    Nick Aitken is one of the people in the world of dry stone walling you will want to meet. He is one of the best wallers in world and is a fantastic instructor of Dry Stone Walling. He has been involved in dry stone projects around the world and now for the first time is coming to the stone trust to teach our Irish and Scottish Dry Stone Walling Workshop May 13th and 14th. Nick will also be one of the examiners for our spring Certification test days, and he will be giving a presentation on dry stone walling in the evening of May 14th.


    Galloway dry stone wall with mixed rounded and angular stones
    An Evening of Dry Stone – May 14th
    Posted April 8, 2016

    Come join The Stone Trust in an Evening of presentations about Dry Stone Walls.

    Here is the itinerary (subject to updates)

    7:00pm Brief Introductory presentation about The Stone Trust.

    Learn about The Stone Trust’s origins, growth and current programming. By Brian Post Executive Director of The Stone Trust, Certified Advanced Waller and Licensed Landscape Architect.


    Feidin Stone Wall. Also known as an Irish Family Wall.
    The Galloway Dyke and the Feidín Wall
    Posted April 5, 2016

    The Galloway dyke and the Feidin wall are examples of build styles which use the available stone to best effect. Typically they are not built of uniformly shaped stones; the roughest material can be used to build a very attractive wall with a good mix of texture and color. Both styles could be adapted to produce good retaining walls.

    The style we know as the Galloway dyke is normally built ‘double’ to a height of about two feet with a course of coverbands on top of that. The wall is then built ‘single’, up to and including the copestones. The ‘single’ makes up a very impressive cope course, sometimes more than a couple of feet high. It overhangs the ‘double’ and was supposed to terrify sheep and deter them from attempting escape.


    Dry Stone Retaining Wall built by Kim Coggin
    My Path to Drystone
    Posted April 5, 2016

    Kim Coggin, the United States’ first DSWA-GB Certified Level 2 Women Waller and instructor reflects on her journey and joy of drystone construction.


    The 3 Common types of Dry Stone Walls - drawn by Brian Post
    Common Walling Types
    Posted March 15, 2016

    Did you know there are actually 3 different dry stone walling types that are all considered as good building practices? There are also additional local variations that use or combine these walling types into many visually stunning methods of building dry stone walls.


    Building dry stone wall
    Spring Workshops are filling Fast!
    Posted March 12, 2016
    Don't miss your opportunity to come to a workshop at The Stone Trust.  Registrations are coming in every day and some spring workshops are already full or nearly so.   Fortunately we have a big line up of workshops, and there is something for everyone more info...
Upcoming Stone Trust Events
    Dry stone retaining wall for workshops
    One-Day Retaining Wall Workshop
    Sunday, June 26, 2016

    Workshop Level: 2. Up to 8 participants with one Certified Instructor. Open to those who have taken at least one Level 1 workshop (or are experienced wallers). $270 Here in the North East, many of the walls people are building are retaining walls. While all more info…


    Group Photo
    One-Day Indoor Introductory Workshop
    Sun. June 26, 2016

    Workshop Level: 1. Up to 15 participants with 2 Certified Instructors. Open to everyone. $245 This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner or hobbyist.   Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of more info…


    Dry Stone Wall Test Candidates and Examiners
    Deadline to sign up for September 2016 Certification Tests
    Monday, August 1st, 2016

    All test Levels. Costs vary by test Level. In order to take a certification test in the spring you must register by this April 1st. Usually it fills up weeks or months before this cut off deadline so sign up early. More about test days more info…


    May 2015 two day dry stone walling workshop group photo
    Fall 2-Day Workshop
    Sat. - Sun., September 24-25, 2016

    Workshop Level: 1 & 2. Up to 30 participants with 4 certified instructors. This workshop is intended for novice and experienced wallers . $350 This two day workshop will be spent at the master features park rebuilding sections of wall. Participants will learn all the basics + so much more info…


    Dry Stone Wall Test Candidates and Examiners
    2016 Fall Certification Test Day
    Monday, Sept. 26, 2016

    Test Levels: 1, 2, 3, & 4. Up to 12 participants. DSWA Certified Examiners Cost $350-$480 depending on Level 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 more info…


    Dry stone retaining wall for workshops
    One-Day Retaining Wall Workshop
    Saturday, October 1, 2016

    Workshop Level: 2. Up to 8 participants with one Certified Instructor. Open to those who have taken at least one Level 1 workshop (or are experienced wallers). $270 Here in the North East, many of the walls people are building are retaining walls. While all more info…


    Dry stone wall workshop building second lift
    One-Day Indoor Introductory Workshop
    Sat. October 1st 2016

    Workshop Level: 1. Up to 15 participants with 2 Certified Instructors. Open to everyone. $245 This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner or hobbyist.   Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of more info…


    Indoor dry stone workshop march 2014 medium09
    One-Day Indoor Introductory Workshop
    Sat. October 22, 2016

    ‎ Workshop Level: 1. Up to 15 participants with 2 Certified Instructors. Open to everyone. $245 This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner or hobbyist.   Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. more info…


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