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

    What’s so Cool About Batter Frames?
    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.

    Tools for sale at The Stone Trust
    The Stone Trust Sells Tools!
    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.

    Waller of the Month: Daniel Arabella
    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.

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    April 8 & 9 Workshop Success
    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.

    2017 workshops begin
    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

    Workshop rebuilding old field wall in Vermont
    Join the Volunteer Email List
    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:

    The finished build with team that made it happen
    Boston Flower Show: Wallers win Best of Show and More
    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.

    Great Video with Interview of Sally Hodgson
    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.

    Stone Walls That Stay Built
    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.

    Waller of the Month: TJ Mora
    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.

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