Posted April 29, 2017
Professional wallers build their walls with smooth even faces, and they do this while walling fast. Understanding the proper use of batter frames and string lines is what makes this possible. Check out the video series below to see a few of some of the tips and and techniques that will be shown in next weekend’s String line and batter frame workshop.
Posted April 18, 2017
Did you know The Stone Trust now sells tools and supplies useful for all wallers?
We currently sell tools from Trow and Holden, Rebit, Micon, Sencore, & Kraft.
Posted April 17, 2017
Daniel Arabella has been passionately bringing traditional drystone methods to the Midwest for seven years and incorporating it into the projects he builds for his business: Arabella Stone Co. Daniel’s extensive background in the arts and construction industries provides a cohesive of blend skills and a fresh approach to a traditional craft. Daniel takes an artisan’s approach to his projects and puts his heart into his work so that he can create a masterpiece for each client.
Posted April 12, 2017
It was a busy weekend at The Stone Trust. Over April 8&9, we had four workshops with a total of 7 instructors 58 participants! Walling was introduced to 32 people at indoor workshops. Instructors Michael Murphy, Torben Larsen, and Michael Weitzner led participants through the fundamentals of building dry stone walls.
Outside our biggest ever retaining wall workshop ever took place, rebuilding a 28 ft long wall over 5 ft high. This was taught by Brian Post and Benjamin Maron. On Sunday, our new full day stone shaping curriculum was a great success. With participants learning everything from basic hammer techniques to using power diamond saws. Instructors, Brian Post, Seth Harris, Torben Larsen, along with Jorden Keys from tool manufacturer Trow and Holden, made for a great student to teacher ratio. Check out a few of the Highlights below. There are lots more photos and videos available here too.
Posted April 4, 2017
Despite the late season snows, 2017 dry stone walling workshops have begun. On Friday March 31st, as the snow was coming down outside, 19 people were learning the craft at our contractors dry stone walling workshop. Braving the snow storm to get here, they learned the fundamentals of dry stone wall construction.
Check out all the pictures below. Thanks to Judy Rand for volunteering and taking all the photos, and the great instructors Jared Flynn, TJ Mora and Brian Post
Posted March 22, 2017
Are you interested in hearing about opportunities to volunteer at The Stone Trust?
We typically have several volunteer days per year to help get our training sites ready for workshops and work on special projects.
Volunteer days can involve all kinds of tasks including:
Posted March 21, 2017
For the 3rd year in a row Brian Fairfield of Maine Stonework lead the build at The Boston Flower and Garden Show, which is open Wednesday March 22 – Sunday March 26, 2017.
Brian designed the concept and brought together a great group of wallers to make it all happen. Over the days 11 people built this Dry Stone Fairy House garden. Awards were just given out and it won Best in Show and 4 other awards.
Posted March 17, 2017
Sally Hodgson, the worlds only DSWA-GB Certified Master Craftswomen and Examiner will be coming to The Stone trust in May to teach and examine. This video features a great interview with her, covering her travels and experience.
Posted March 17, 2017
Brian Post, Executive Director of The Stone Trust and DSWA-GB Certified Master Craftsman, wrote an article about building Dry Stone Walls for the current Issue of Fine Home Building Magazine.
The six page feature article covers the basic rules and more in succinct and easy to read language. With lots of action pictures and clear illustrations, it is a great guide for learning walling practices that will allow your walls to stand for centuries.
Posted March 3, 2017
TJ Mora, featured in The Stone Trust’s 2017 Calendar, is the owner of Mora Stoe. TJ is an Intermediate (Level II) DSWA-GB certified waller. He is also a DSWA-GB Certified Instructor. TJ is a professional member of The Stone Trust and will be instructing our May 6 Outdoor Intro Workshop, a Two Day Outdoor Workshop on June 24-25, and a Test Prep Workshop on Septermber 8.