Feature Build at Scott Farm

Arch Bridge Workshop

Arch by Torben Larsen

Women's Dry Stone Walling Workshop

Stone Steps by Michael Weitzner

Instructor Certification Course 2018

Stonework by TJ Mora

Stone Arch Bridge Tour, Southern NH

Small Stone Arch Workshop

Stonework by David Fielder

Intro to Dry Stone Walling Workshop

Stonework by Brian Post

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

    Masterclass: Problems and Planning, Part 4
    Posted January 17, 2020

    In part one (Stonechat 26: Summer 2012) I suggested that “poor grading can become what is in effect a self-fuelled inevitability” . This was developed in part 2 when we looked at the tendency to place large stones alongside and on top of each other leading to grouping. This however does not just apply to large stone. If we are not careful similar size stones can tend to flock together – both along and up. Small stones can lead to a ‘mushrooming’, especially if we are concentrating on sitting one on two and half on half and levelling ready for the next stone.

    January Waller of the Month: Andrew Pighills
    Posted January 17, 2020

    ANDREW PIGHILLS (Connecticut) was born in Yorkshire, England. His formal horticulture training started at The Royal Horticultural Society at Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate Yorkshire, and has spent several decades creating gardens and building dry stone walls in his native England, in and around the spectacular Yorkshire Dales and the English Lake District.

    Stringlines: Thoughts from Pete Ryder, Board President
    Posted January 15, 2020

    There are as many ways to build great stone walls as there are colors in the rainbow. From lacy singles in the Aran Islands to squat bulky consumption walls in New England. Loosely stacked round glacial outwash to the incredible joinery of the Incas. Two-tiered Galloway walls to the fascinating geometric patterns of Majorcan walls…. […]

    The Stone Trust partners with the Windham Regional Career Center to train wallers
    Posted January 13, 2020
    It's pretty clear from our professional members  that wallers love the work and that there's lots of work out there. It's also part of our mission to build a professional pipeline. So we couldn't pass up the chance to connect The Stone Trust expertise to local high school students, incumbent workers, and professional contractors through [...]
    West Coast Participant Build
    Posted January 13, 2020
    Tom K. who attended a historic rebuild workshop back in Oct 2018 recently sent us this picture of a wall he is working on.  He writes "About 15 tons of stone. I attended your historic wall rebuild seminar last Oct and I used so much of what I learned" Flat stones look easy to those [...]
    The Stone Trust to Present at LandCare Associates Inc. Madbury NH
    Posted January 13, 2020
    Brian Post will be giving a seminar on dry stone wall construction at LandCare Associates Inc in Madbury NH.  The presentation will focus on to how-to correctly build structural dry stone walls.  This will include retaining walls and other features.  Proper foundations drainage and backfill, layout and more will be discussed, as well as the [...]
    Site of the dry stone wall center
    Save the dates: NH Old House & Barn Expo
    Posted January 3, 2020

    We’ll be there! You come, too.  The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance Old House & Barn Expo, Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, Manchester.

    Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association Winter Conference, Jan. 29
    Posted January 3, 2020

    Brian Post presents a workshop at the RINLA 2020 Winter Conference, “From the Ground Up,” January 29 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick. Learn the principles of proper structure when working with dry stone construction.  Building with natural stone to last – without mortar – is a craft with a wealth of […]

    Lunch & Learn at LandCare Associates in Madbury, NH
    Posted January 3, 2020

    On January 21 from 8 to 12, Brian Post will present a seminar hosted by LandCare Associates in Madbury, NH. Session content includes: Basics of Structural Dry Stone Wall Building and Evaluation Foundations, Drainage, and Backfill Basics of Tool Usage for Working with Stone. To register, please contact: LandCare Associates, Inc., 282 Knox Marsh Road, […]

    Stone Trust instructors who earned certification in 2018
    February is the right time to become a Stone Trust instructor
    Posted January 3, 2020

    Learn to teach with other wallers in this two-and-a-half day course (indoors! In 2018, only the photo happened outside.) Whether you have immediate plans to teach, or just want to get better at communicating with and training your employees, this course teaches invaluable communication skills. Add a DSWA-GB certified instructor credential to your professional portfolio […]

Upcoming Events

  • Instructor Certification Course
    February 3, 2020 - February 5, 2020
    9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Learn to teach dry stone walling and become a certified instructor! After taking this course you will know the fundamentals of teaching walling. A very informative and fun learning experience. For level 2 or higher certified wallers only.

  • 2.13 Contractors Intro (3-13-2020)
    March 13, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc.

  • 2.60 Contractors Intensive (5-day) 3-16-2020
    March 16, 2020 - March 20, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 5-day workshop

This workshop includes 4 days of training and the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB) Level I (Initial) certification test on the final day. It is perfect for the landscape or masonry contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work, and gain DSWA-GB Certification. Equivalent to a combination of courses 1.20, 2.8, and 2.9 plus much more!

  • 2.13 Contractors Intro - March 28, 2020
    March 28, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc.

  • 1.11 Women's Introductory Indoor Workshop 4-4-2020
    April 4, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

A chance to learn from the women in North America who are DSWA Certifed Instructors! This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, landscaper/gardener, artist, or hobbyist. Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq ft of wall (one side), using natural round fieldstone. You will learn all the basic rules of structural walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project.

  • Batter Frames Workshop 4/18/2020
    April 18, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Proper set up and use of batter frames and string lines is a real challenge for many wallers. We continually hear from examiners that poor use of string lines is one of the biggest reasons that wallers fail certification tests. You will learn multiple ways to build frames and use string lines to improve the efficiency of your building process and quality of the walls you build. PREREQUISITE: This workshop is intended for wallers who have taken one or more prior workshops, are level 1 or higher certified, or have experience building stone walls.