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
    Level 3 Part A Test Wall
    Upper Level Testing Part 1: Level III Part A.
    Posted February 20, 2017

    This is the first in a series of planned posts to provide additional information to those wallers who want to progress in certification beyond Level 2.


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    See the Stone Trust on The Chronicle Feb 7 2017
    Posted February 7, 2017

    You can now watch the short piece that the TV Show Chronicle did about The Stone Trust online. It starts off with an introduction about New England Stone walls by author Robert Thorson, and then goes right to The Stone Trust.


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    Waller of the Month: Brian Fairfield
    Posted February 7, 2017

    Brian Fairfield, featured in The Stone Trust’s 2017 Calendar, is the owner of Maine Stonework. Brian is an Advanced (Level III) DSWA-GB certified waller. He is also a DSWA-GB Certified Instructor. Brian is a professional member of The Stone Trust and will be instructing our Oct 6 Site Prep Workshop & Oct 7&8 Two Day Walling Workshop.

    Brian has designed and lead walling crews on big builds at the Boston Flower Show for in 2015 & 2016. And he is currently gearing up to do it again for 2017. Photos of these builds are on this page and feature in our calendars.


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    Stone Carving Workshops with Kerry O Furlani
    Posted January 26, 2017

    Kerry O Furlani has two Slate Carving workshops coming up this winter which are specifically for dry stone walling professionals and enthusiasts. The Stone Trust has worked with Kerry to make these workshops possible.


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    Thank you to our Annual Appeal Contributors!
    Posted January 12, 2017

    A big thank you to everyone who contributed to our annual appeal. Because of your contributions, we met our goal of raising the $7000 need for matching grant to further expand the Masters Features Park. We also have an good start on our scholarship fund, with enough for several scholarships, and we look forward to continuing to raise additional funds for this throughout the year. Overall this was our biggest return ever for an annual appeal, both in terms of numbers of donors and total value.


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    Waller of the Month: Michael Weitzner
    Posted January 12, 2017

    Michael Weitzner, featured in The Stone Trust’s 2017 Calendar, is the sole proprietor of Thistle Stone Works. Michael holds a Master Craftsman certificate issued in 2003 by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB), of which he has been a member since 1993; he is also a DSWA-GB Certified Instructor. Michael was one of the Founders of The Stone Trust and is currently a professional member and regular instructor.


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    2016 Year End Letter and Appeal for Donations
    Posted December 8, 2016

    2016 was the The Stone Trust’s best year ever! We have grown
    dramatically in every way possible, adding new programs, services, and
    educational offerings. Every time we expanded our workshop offerings,
    the registrations rolled in, and workshops filled up.


    Workshop Group with Finished Wall
    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….


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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.


Upcoming Stone Trust Events
    2016 March Contractors Workshop group picture
    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
    Saturday, 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.


    Dry Stone Retaining Wall Course
    Retaining Wall Workshop: One Day Outdoor
    Saturday, April 8, 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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    Stone Shaping Workshop: One Day Outdoor
    Sunday, April 9, 2017

    This workshop will spend 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 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 encouraged to bring samples of their local stone to practice shaping, as well as any tools they would like to learn how to better use.


    Indoor Dry Stone Wall Workshop at The Stone Trust
    Introductory Workshop: One Day Indoor
    Sunday, April 9th, 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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    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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    Women’s Introductory Workshop: One Day Indoor
    Saturday, May 6th, 2017

    A chance to learn from the women in North America who are DSWA Certifed Instructors! At The Stone Trust, all of our women’s only workshops are taught by women wallers. This workshop will have the only 3 women in North America who are certified dry stone wall instructors teaching!

    This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, landscaper/gardener, or hobbyist. Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq ft of wall (one side), using natural round fieldstone. You will learn all the basic rules of structural walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project.


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    Women’s Level 2 Workshop: One Day Outdoor
    Sunday, May 7th, 2017

    This workshop will have the only 3 women in North America who are certified dry stone wall instructors teaching! This workshop is intended as a follow up to the level 1 workshop the day before. The curriculum is still being written, but the aim is to delve into topics that there was not time for at a Level 1 workshop. Stay tuned for more details!


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    Batter Frames and String Lines: One Day Indoor
    Sunday, May 7th, 2017

    This workshop will spend 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 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 encouraged to bring samples of their local stone to practice shaping, as well as any tools they would like to learn how to better use.


    Seth Harris instructing the 2016 Test Prep workshop
    Spring 2017 Test Preparation Workshop: One Day Indoor
    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Prepare for your certification test! This workshop is perfect those planning to test on Monday. Learn tips and techniques to help you pass your test, all while practicing on the stone walls used for the tests. A must-take workshop for those planning to go for the difficult Level 2 test. Take this workshop and receive a discount on a Saturday or Sunday Pre-test, before testing on Monday.

    Seth Harris is a Level 2 certified waller and certified instructor. He has been a test site coordinator at The Stone Trust on several occasions and is well versed in what it takes to pass a test. There is nothing better than a day of tips from the pros! In addition to dry stone walling Seth is also an accomplished fine woodworker, blacksmith, excavator and more. He is the owner of Foxchair Mountain Craftsmen in Springfield VT.


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