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

    Garden Dialogues 2017: Vermont – Featuring Dan Snow
    Posted June 14, 2017


    On Saturday, July 15th, The Cultural Landscape Foundation will sponsor a garden dialogue with Robin Key of RKLA Studio in conversation with artist, Dan Snow.

    July 15th from 2 – 4 PM
    Borderline Farm
    2455 Spring Hill Road
    South Londonderry, VT 05155

    Tickets for Garden Dialogues are tax deductible and proceeds benefit the educational programs of The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

    2.0 LA CES™ Professional development hours will be available to attendees.

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    Summer workshops at Eureka Rd in Springfield VT
    Posted June 14, 2017

    We have had a few questions about what the stone will be like at our Eureka Rd. Training Site in Springfield VT. Workshop preparation work started yesterday, so now that we have done some clearing you can get a sense of the stone in the photos and video available here.

    The stone tends to be a mix of tumbled granite glacial till, along with some pieces of the local ledge which is a mix angular shapes with occasional flat ones. Most of the stone is reasonably shape-able, so will will have some hammers out at the workshops.

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    Pricing Products and Services – Excerpt
    Posted June 14, 2017

    “How much should I charge?” and “How much do you charge?” I’m frequently asked these questions by people thinking about starting a new business or getting into a new product line or service. Prices are a common topic of conversation for those of us already in business, and we frequently compare our prices to those of others.

    Financial success in business amounts to bringing in more money than goes out. If pricing isn’t realistic, it doesn’t matter how hard you work: the business won’t last long. Remember, it’s not how much money that goes through your business that is important, it’s how much money sticks!

    1st hard copy Member Newsletter ever!
    Posted June 13, 2017

    The Stone Trust’s 1st ever hard copy member newsletter has just been sent out today! If your a member it should be arriving soon. If not sign up as a member and we will sent it right out to you!

    This 16 page newsletter contains exclusive content that dry stone wallers and wall enthusiasts will find informative and interesting.

    Waller of the Month: Daniel Peterson
    Posted June 13, 2017

    Daniel Peterson (Minnesota), featured in The Stone Trust’s 2017 Calendar, says of his work “HabAdapt, my business, was born the day I realized my design work focused on adapting home landscapes to meet the habitat requirements for native life. The wildlife supported includes plants, arthropods, and birds. These thriving entities then sustained the earth by enhancing soil. The functional components are aimed at utilization of sustaining and sustainable materials. The materials molded together beautifully. All of my designs and projects incorporate permaculture design principles to work with nature rather than against nature. I have a passion for traditional construction techniques including dry stone walling and Japanese garden design. www.habadapt.com

    Northstone 58˚– Scottish Dry Stone Walling Festival
    Posted June 9, 2017

    If you are in Scotland This July, be sure to check out Northstone 58˚ The Dry Stone Walling Festival in Scotland July 7-9, 2017.

    The second Northstone 58° Stonefest is the UK’s only Dry Stone Festival and also the world’s most Northerly, up here just above a Latitude of 58 degrees It is based in Thurso, Caithness, Northern Scotland and being held on the 7th to 9th July 2017. Itinerary for 2017 Festival.

    Master Class: Foundations Part 2
    Posted May 12, 2017

    In the last edition of Stonechat the basic principles of building foundations out of reasonably regular shaped stone were dealt with. Here we take a look at what to do with essentially triangular shaped stones.

    In part 1 the need for adjacent stones to butt up against each other with as much of their internal edges touching as possible was dealt with. This reduces the chance of stones being forced out of the wall. Triangular stones can present a problem in achieving this.

    The diagram left, taken from a photograph of some foundations constructed out of oolitic’. limestone, illustrates how to deal with these. The ideal is to find a stone to match the slope of the triangle, butting tightly with it. This is not always possible and the important thing is not to place two triangular stones next to each other. Try to ensure that the stone next to the point of a triangl

    An Evening of Dry Stone with Sally Hodgson – Taking place on May 20th!
    Posted May 12, 2017

    Sally Hodgson will be giving the key note presentation at our Evening of Dry Stone Event. The presentation is titled “The Adventures of a Dry Stone Waller” – looking at walls and stone structures around the world, including the scholarship she received from the Winston Churchill Trust. Sally’s talk will be fully illustrated and is both humorous and enthusiastic!

    Sally is one of only 3 women ever to have attained Master Craftswomen (Level 4) Certification. She is the only certified Master Craftswomen still active in walling, and the only women ever to be come a Dry Stone Walling Examiner. Sally currently runs a dry stone walling training facility in England with several other wallers, and is also a farmer in Derbyshire England.

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    Volunteers Needed!
    Posted May 12, 2017

    The Stone Trust Needs Your Help!
    Wed. and Thurs. May 17 and 18, 9am – 4pm

    We are looking for as many volunteers as possible to help with getting ready for the May 19 – 21 workshops!

    The key tasks will be:

    Moving stone in preparation for our new wall in the Masters Park
    Shaping stones for building cheek ends
    Preparing the site for our stairs workshop (4 sets of stairs!)

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    Photos and More from the Examiners Standardization
    Posted May 2, 2017

    In addition to being Certified Master Craftsmen, Examiners for dry stone wall certification tests need to attend the Standardization event at least twice every 6 years. There is a lot to being an examiner and to the standardization event. The standardization event is based around a test day where actual test candidates are taking their tests. Examiners mark each wall as one would during a normal test day, but don’t confer on the marks. Until the following day when all the examiners marks are tallied. The examiners than discuss what why they what they saw and why they marked the way they did. This discussion allows all examiners to be able to score as evenly as possible.

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