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
    Stonesthrow Poster
    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.


    Capping the wall
    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.


    Kim Coggin
    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


    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.


Upcoming Stone Trust Events
    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…


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    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…


    Darlington Schoolhouse. The workshop will build a dry stone wall between the road and the front of the schoolhouse
    Fall 2016 Workshop at the NY – NJ Trail Conference (Mahwah NJ)
    Fri- Sun. Nov 4-6, 2016

    This is the 2nd of two planned workshops to build a permanent wall in front of the Trail Conferences’s new headquarters at the historic Darlington Schoolhouse in Mahwah NJ. This workshops will build a free-standing wall which will be three feet tall and run for over 160 ft. The wall will be built using the standard structural practices. The style of work will aim to match the historic dry stone walls and fences of the area. There are several cheek ends and curved section for the more advanced participants.


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