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Welcome to The Stone Trust

Established in southern Vermont in 2010, The Stone Trust’s mission is to preserve and advance the art and craft of dry stone walling. We do this through an expanding program of educational events and outreach projects. The Stone Trust is a multifaceted resource engaged in preserving the natural use of plentiful stone in simple, gratifying ways.

The Stone Trust Center is the only facility in North America that provides year round educational and DSWA certification opportunities for all levels and abilities. The Stone Trust is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization. It relies on contributions from people like you to keep its programs going. Help us continue to preserve and advance the art and craft of Dry Stone Walling!

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From the Blog

    Waller of the month: Mark Jurus
    Posted June 4, 2019

    MARK JURUS (Maryland) is dedicated to the craft of dry laid stone construction as is evident in his Blog, YouTube channel and training site for workshops and certification. Quality not quantity – one project at a time.


    A map of fascinating Dry Stone Structures around Dummerston
    Posted June 3, 2019

    Did you know that in addition to the walls and features at The Stone Trust Center there are some wonderful dry stone structures in and around Dummerston which are publicly accessible and built by local wallers?


    Great workshop on building Retaining Walls that last! (June 2, 2019)
    Posted June 3, 2019

    During the Retaining Wall workshop, participants learned the fundamental differences between retaining walls and free standing walls.


    Learning how to Split and Shape Stone! (June 2, 2019)
    Posted June 3, 2019

    At the Stone Shaping Workshop the focus was on the finer details of splitting boulders and field stone using feathers and wedges as well as trying out a variety of hammers and chisels.


    Awesome Introductory Workshop! (June 1, 2019)
    Posted June 3, 2019

    At a sold out workshop, 16 participants learned the basics of dry stone walling in a beautiful setting at Broadview Farm.


    Retaining Wall Challenges
    Posted June 1, 2019

    We were recently emailed about a retaining wall that was starting to fail just 8 years after construction.  This wall is a good example of the problems that retaining walls can have whether dry stone or constructed with other materials.


    How to split a boulder!
    Posted May 23, 2019

    Have you ever wondered how you work with boulders when building a stone wall? Watch this great video to see how you can split a boulder using feathers and wedges.


    Australian Walling
    Posted May 17, 2019

    Bryce Holingsworth sent us these photos and captions from his experience working with some wallers in Australia this past winter, (Australian Summer!).  Looks like he had a fantastic time!


    What is a Historic Rebuild Workshop?
    Posted May 17, 2019

    We have two great 2.10 Historic Wall Rebuild Workshops coming up in June.  But what is a Historic Rebuild Workshop like, and how is it different from other workshops? Read this post to find out!


    Waller of the Month: Bryce Hollingsworth
    Posted May 9, 2019

    BRYCE HOLLINGSWORTH (Massachusetts) focuses his energy on the construction of dry stone projects primarily for residential clients in Western Massachusetts, but travels anywhere for the right job.


Upcoming Events


  • 1.10 Introductory Workshop 1-day Mont Vernon (7/13/19)
    July 13, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1.10 Intro (1-Day) workshop

This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the contractor, homeowner, hobbyist, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall…
Participants will be lead through setting foundation stones, building and hearting, setting throughstones, and copes!


  • 1.20 Two-Day Introductory Workshop (Outdoor) - July-27 & 28, 2019 (Barre, VT)
    July 27, 2019 - July 28, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 2-day workshop attendance

This Barre VT workshop is perfect for the homeowner, landscaper, mason, or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls, or to improve your skills. Workshops at this site use primarily flat stone.


  • 1.10 Introductory Workshop 1-day Mont Vernon (8/10/19)
    August 10, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1.10 Intro (1-Day) workshop

This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, contractor, hobbyist, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall…
Participants will be lead through setting foundation stones, building and hearting, setting throughstones, and copes!


  • 1.10 Introductory Workshop 1-day Mont Vernon (9/14/19)
    September 14, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1.10 Intro (1-Day) workshop

This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, contractor, hobbyist, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall…
Participants will be lead through setting foundation stones, building and hearting, setting throughstones, and copes!


  • 2.20 Retaining wall workshop 9/15/19
    September 15, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

Participants will learn how to maximize strength for a retaining wall while following the basic rules. Foundations, drainage, perforated pipe, filter fabric, geo-textiles and more are all discussed or demonstrated. This workshop is intended to give you the information to make wise decisions on your own projects. It is well suited for both homeowners and contractors.