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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

    Two days of walling at the Vermont Granite Museum (July 27 & 28, 2019)
    Posted August 13, 2019

    On July 27th and 28th, our first full-curriculum 2-Day Introductory Workshop was held at the  Vermont Granite Museum in Barre, VT. Over the course of two days, our small group of 6 participants and 2 instructors stripped out and rebuilt nearly 20ft of wall!


    Lots of enthusiasm at the 2-Day Intro in MN! (Aug. 3&4, 2019)
    Posted August 5, 2019

    On August 3rd and 4th, the 2-Day Introductory workshop was held at Northland Landscape Nursery in Minnesota, for the first time. The participants had a great time learning the fundamentals and showed their enthusiasm working with challenging stone.


    Wassaic Charcoal Kilns
    Posted August 5, 2019
    While down giving a presentation about stone walls and foundations at the Timber Framer's Guild Conference in Manchester New Hampshire last weekend, Mason Lord an attendee, shared some amazing photos of the Wassaic Charcoal Kilns (also referred to as furnaces or pits).  These stone structures are of the corbeled beehive type but their large size [...]
    Master Class: Random Walling: Part 2
    Posted August 5, 2019

    Thank you to Sean Adcock for allowing us to provide this content. He starts “In case you hadn’t noticed, Masterclass when not dealing with incredibly rare requests tends to be about something I have been recently working on. This current “random” series was sparked off by some such process.


    Waller of the month: Dario Coletta
    Posted July 30, 2019

    DARIO COLETTA (Massachusetts) has spent the last 10 years or so designing and building in dry stone in the western part of the state. He holds Level II DSWA-GB Certification. Featured above is a garden retaining wall with step stile.


    Flagging Workshop at Stoneyard! (July 18, 2019)
    Posted July 23, 2019

    Participants enjoyed a fun, energetic, hands-on environment while learning flat-work which is a common part of many projects.


    Beautiful Day for an Introductory Workshop! (July 13, 2019)
    Posted July 8, 2019

    At Broadview Farm participants enjoyed learning the fundamentals of dry stone walls and benefited from lots of hands-on experience!


    Retaining Walls – In the eyes of a past workshop participant
    Posted July 1, 2019

    Judy Rand DSWA-GB Certified Level II Waller and Instructor sent in two photos and the following paragraph.  Taking a workshop really does change the way you see the world around you.


    Waller of the month: Daniel Peterson
    Posted July 1, 2019

    DANIEL PETERSON (Minnesota) focuses on developing landscapes and designs aimed at long-term sustainability and functionality based on ecologic and permaculture systems design.


    Master Class: Random Walling: Part 1
    Posted June 27, 2019

    Thank you to Sean Adcock for allowing us to provide this content. Per Sean, there must therefore be tens of thousands of miles of “random” wall and as such “random” becomes a bit of a catch all, it hardly does the variation justice.


Upcoming Events


  • 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.


  • Fall Certification Test: Friday, 9/20/2019, Dummerston
    September 20, 2019
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
    - 1 Day attendance

Testing Levels Initial, Intermediate and Advanced (Part B). Friday, May 3, 2019. NOTE: You must hold the previous level certification to sign up for any test above level 1. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE has been exended till, August 14th! NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.


  • 1.20 Two-Day Introductory Workshop (Outdoor) - Sep. 28 & 29, 2019 (Tear Cap Workshops, Hiram, ME)
    September 28, 2019 - September 29, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 2-day workshop, Hiram, ME

This 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. This workshop takes place at Tear Cap Workshops in Hiram, ME.


  • 1.20 Two-Day Introductory Workshop (Outdoor) - Oct-12 & 13, 2019 (Barre, VT)
    October 12, 2019 - October 13, 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 Indoor Workshop 10/19/2019
    October 19, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1.10 Introductory (1-Day) Workshop Attendance

This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the 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…