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
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.
SAM BRAKELY (Vermont) Sam has been building trails since age eight, and has progressed to complex trail constructions throughout New England. Sam’s trail building work led him to working with stone, and he has been building dry stone walls for more than 5 years. Having taken many prior workshops at The Stone Trust, Sam is now DSWA-GB Level 2 Certified as well as a Certified Dry Stone Walling instructor. http://hermitwoodstrailbuilders.com
Jared Grant (Maine), featured in The Stone Trust’s 2017 Calendar, has been a dry stone enthusiast since he learned such a thing existed. As a younger man, he traveled the globe, learning from other wallers and masons along the way, always keeping an eye out for unique designs and applications for use in future projects. It was his years on walkabout that inspired his current use of dry stone walling and fuels his passion for the craft. Today Jared lives in Belfast, Maine where he is the sole proprietor of Shangri-La Stoneworks, a small drystone construction business. Jared is a DSWA-GB Certified Level 2 waller and instructor. http://www.shangrilastoneworks.com
We have just launched this new version of our website on 7/1/17. We hope you like it! If you do find anything that is not working properly please notify us at email@example.com so we can correct the problem. There are a few things we are currently correcting like the photos in the recent blog posts.
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
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.
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.
“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!
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.