Welcome to The Stone Trust Resources

The Stone Trust has some of the best resources available on the web for Dry Stone Walls.  Whether you want to learn to build a wall, are looking for a contractor, design specs, or some inspiration for your next project this is the place for you!  We frequently update this portion of the website with more information, so check back often.

Links to Resources:

Blog – Check out our latest updates, how-to articles, and much more!

Find A Stone Wall Contractor – Need to find a waller?  This is the most complete list of Certified Dry Stone Wallers in North America.  Includes an interactive map and listings by State.

Project Referrals – Have a project but not sure who to call?  Want to let dry stone wall contractors know about your Request for Proposal (RFP)?  Just fill out a quick, secure, online form and it automatically goes to all our professional members.

How to Build Walls – Looking for correct how-to information?  This is the place to learn how to build your own stone wall.

Photo Gallery –  Get Inspired!  See the stone work of certified wallers from all over North America

Stone Wall Design and Spcifications – Learn about dry stone wall design and download typical stone wall specifications and details for dry stone walls.

Sources for Stone – Stone walls take a lot of stone to build.  This page lists quarries and other sources

Dry Stone Retaining Wall Specifications.

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Once you join our email list you will get a link to download the specifications.  Available as a PDF or Word (DOC) file.  This 11 page document contains the most detailed dry stone retaining wall specifications freely available on the internet

    Interview with Patrick McEneaney
    Posted September 25, 2017
    Written by Stone Trust Board Member Nancy Shepherd Patrick McEneaney - Village Stonesmith Gardens & Masonry, Inc. After over 20 years of gathering work experience, Patrick decided he was ready to start his own business four years ago. “We hit the ground running,” he assured me. His company, Village Stonesmith Gardens & Masonry Inc., has [...]
    Check out the October Workshop Site
    Posted September 25, 2017
    See where our October 2017 workshops will be held in the video below.   These are our last workshops for 2017 so don't miss out! The Friday October 6th Site Prep workshop will teach you how to go from this old linear rock pile to a site that is ready to wall, with the stone sorted, [...]
    Waller of the Month: Kim and Jerry Coggin
    Posted September 18, 2017

    Kim and Jerry Coggin (Pennsylvania), own and operate Laurel Stoneworks which is located in the beautiful Laurel Highlands are of South central PA. Laurel Stoneworks specializes in the art and craft of dry aid stonework. Kim has been working with dry stone for over eight years. Both Kim and Jerry currently hold Level Two Certificates from the Dry Stone Walling Association…


    September 2 day workshop photos
    Posted September 18, 2017

    Check out photos from our September walling workshop!


    Flagging Workshop Success
    Posted September 18, 2017

    Check out photos from our September flagging workshop!


    Peter Isherwood – Dry Stone Presentation Sat. 9/9/17 at 7pm
    Posted August 30, 2017

    Peter Isherwood, from Lancashire England, will be coming to instruct and examine for the first time in Sept 9 – 11, 2017. He Is one of England top wallers and serves on the Craft Skills Committee of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain which governs the certification program. Your chance to learn from Peter is around the corner. Click here to register.

    On Saturday Sept 9th, at 7pm Peter will be giving a presentation about his work in event room (Apple Packing Barn) on Scott Farm. The presentation is open to the public and free (though a small donation to the stone trust is suggested). With lots of slides of Peter’s work from England and elsewhere this presentation is sure to leave you great ideas for your walling projects, and a desire to go visit England.


    Peter Isherwood – Dry Stone Presentation Sat. 9/9/17 at 7pm
    Posted August 24, 2017

    Peter Isherwood, from Lancashire England, will be coming to instruct and examine for the first time in Sept 9 – 11, 2017. He Is one of England top wallers and serves on the Craft Skills Committee of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain which governs the certification program. Your chance to learn from Peter is around the corner. Click here to register.

    On Saturday Sept 9th, at 7pm Peter will be giving a presentation about his work in event room (Apple Packing Barn) on Scott Farm. The presentation is open to the public and free (though a small donation to the stone trust is suggested). With lots of slides of Peter’s work from England and elsewhere this presentation is sure to leave you great ideas for your walling projects, and a desire to go visit England.


    Discounted Hotel Rate for September Workshops
    Posted August 24, 2017

    The Stone Trust has worked with the Latches Hotel to give Stone Trust participants a special rate while attending our events in September. Available for September 8-11 the Latches will give Stone Trust participants a rate of $115 per night (+tax). This is a 25% discount on the regular rate for September. The well appointed rooms have a single queen sized bed, though other options may be available.

    To book your room call (802) 254-6300. If you book online at http://www.latchishotel.com. When they book through the website, the discount rate will not show up, so they should mention they are with The Stone Trust when they check in, and we will apply the discount. If they book through a booking engine like Expedia or Booking.com, we cannot offer the discount at all, so please have them call or book direct.


    New Retaining Wall Workshop Video
    Posted August 7, 2017
    Check out this great video of a retaining wall workshop at The Stone Trust.  All this happened in Just one day! Our next retaining wall workshop is just a week away, on 8/12/17.  Click here to register.   Check out all other upcoming workshops here
    Mark Mennin
    Posted August 6, 2017

    As I drove along back roads in Connecticut, I noticed the old stone walls marking the boundaries of grassy fields, but in Mark Mennin’s driveway, huge sections of fluted marble columns, five feet tall and five feet wide, were carefully arranged along the edge. This turned out to be just one example of many collected treasures that crowd into Mark’s back yard. I opened my car door and stood there for a moment, intrigued, as I surveyed huge stones resting everywhere and thought to myself, here is yet another artist who declares his love of material by amassing great quantities of stone.

    Many of the granite blocks had been hand selected for a specific project. Others found their way to Mark’s back yard by chance. People who know his work call when they come across a unique find, confident he can put any stone to good use. Mark has personal relationships with quarries all over the world and has formed lasting friendships with many stone yard foremen and managers. He had a story to tell about each slab and block he introduced me to, as if I was meeting his best friends. His enthusiasm for the unique qualities of stone kept me enthralled and engaged for more than an hour.


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