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Dry Stone Walling Workshop

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

    “Walling for professionals” presentation in Farmington CT
    Posted February 14, 2018
    Feb. 28th 4-6pm.  Attendance cost is $100. Held at the Dunning Stone and Supply showroom, 163 Brickyard Rd.  Farmington, CT 06032 To Register for this presentation Call Dunning Stone at (860) 470-7023 In addition to the two day walling workshop being taught at Dunning Stone, Brian Post will be giving a presentation on building dry [...]
    Winter Walling Workshop at Dunning Stone in CT 2/28 & 3/1, 2018
    Posted February 14, 2018

    The workshop is intended for landscape and masonry contractors. It will be a two day workshop in Dunning Stone’s awesome heated indoor workshop space. The workshop will focus on the proper structural techniques for walling with several materials that are available from Dunning stone. This includes PA field stone, round ‘River Jacks’ and the local granite ledge. The workshop will focus on teaching the structural principals that allow stone walls to last, techniques to improve speed and efficiency, and on carefully following guidelines to achieve an even finish.


    Gilsum Stone Arch Bridge
    Posted February 13, 2018

    Southwestern NH is home to remarkable dry stone bridges many of which are still in use. Most of these were constructed in the later half of the 1800’s. The Stone Trust Bridge Tour will introduce you to several of them. As a taster, check out the Gilsum Stone Arch Bridge. 155 years after construction, it is still carrying everyday traffic. We will share the history of these bridges as well as examine the design and materials used as we navigate the byways of rural NH. Tour space is limited.


    Waller of the Month: Philip O’Donnell
    Posted February 5, 2018

    PHILIP O’DONNELL (New Hampshire), featured in The Stone Trust’s 2018 Calendar, is the founder and owner of New England Land Artisan, a landscape construction company established 22 years ago. Philip is relatively new to The Stone Trust and gained his Initial Certification this year and is working on the next level. Philip embraces the design process and is driven by optimism and constant inspiration. The result is thoughtful and expressive outdoor spaces and objects that have purpose. http://www.nelandartisan.com


    Winter Walling Workshop Feb 28 & March 1, 2018
    Posted February 1, 2018
    We have just confirmed a two-day walling workshop at Dunning Stone and Supply in Farmington, CT.  The workshop will take place Feb 28 & March 1, 2018.  This will be a contractor focused workshop and will take place in Dunning Stone's amazing heated indoor workshop! We will be using a mix of stones including Round [...]
    Small Arches Everywhere!
    Posted January 29, 2018
    Written by Pete Ryder St. Lawrence Market in Toronto has been a bustling site of commerce since the early 1800’s. In 1851 the market was expanded. That is probably the timeframe of the pictured sewer system. The lakeshore is about 1500 feet today. While the shoreline was likely closer in 1850, the outflow tunnel is [...]
    Support The Stone Trust with your Amazon Purchases
    Posted January 23, 2018

    The Stone Trust has is now Registered with the Amazon Smiles Program. By clicking the image above or link below you can have a small portion of your purchase value get donated to the The Stone Trust at no cost to you. It is a great way to support The Stone Trust all year long!

    https://smile.amazon.com/ch/35-2382005

    Just be sure to always shop from the address https://smile.amazon.com. If you revert to just amazon.com we will will no longer get your support.


    Check out the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center
    Posted January 22, 2018
    Here at The Stone Trust we have a passion for stone walls, but also generally for many types of stone work, stone craft, and stone art.  We have been in touch with the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland Vermont, and we think they are a fantastic organization and are well worth checking [...]
    Waller of the Month: Dan Snow
    Posted January 7, 2018

    DAN SNOW (Vermont), featured in The Stone Trust’s 2018 Calendar, is an art maker specializing in dry stone constructions. He has been building with stone since 1972 when he helped restore a 13th century castle in Italy. In 1986 he was an apprentice dyker in Scotland. Snow achieved DSWA-GB Mastercraftsman in 2000. Dan’s dry stone constructions include fences, pillars, staircases, bridges, follies, grottos, and environmental sculpture. In 2001 Snow authored “In the Company of Stone.” His second book “Listening to Stone”, came…


    Where do I Start?
    Posted January 5, 2018

    Learn about the different workshops offered and see example paths for success in dry stone walling, for people with different levels of experience. Great information if your not sure where to start.


Upcoming Events


  • Instructor Certification Course
    March 6, 2018 - March 8, 2018
    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 fundamendtals of teaching walling. A very informative and fun learning experience. For level 2 or certified wallers only.


  • Contractors Workshop
    March 30, 2018
    8:30 am - 5:30 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.


  • Flagging Workshop
    April 7, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1 day workshop attendance

Have a patio or walk way to build? This is the workshop for you!

Learn the fundamentals of patio construction in a fun, energetic, hands-on environment. While not strictly dry stone walling, flat-work is a common part of many projects. Doing a good job starts with a good foundation, and finishes with an attractive pattern of stone. This workshop will teach you how to do flat-work that stays flat and attractive for decades.


  • Stairs Workshop 4/8/18
    April 8, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

This workshop is all about building dry stone steps. You will learn tips and techniques to build several types of stone steps. Layout, design, stone shaping, tool use, and methods for handling large stones will all be part of this workshop.


  • Women's Introductory Indoor Workshop 4/14/18
    April 14, 2018
    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.