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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.

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From the Blog

    A great Women’s Introductory Walling Workshop! (4/14/18)
    Posted April 16, 2018
    The Women's Introductory Walling Workshop was a full class and a great success. Held indoors at Scott Farm, the workshop was led by two women wallers and certified instructors, Kim Coggin and Judy Rand.   Participants comments included: "Loved being with other women that love rocks!" "the whole experience was great and very useful!" "excellent [...]
    Introductory Walling Workshop – A day of fun learning the basics! (4/15/18)
    Posted April 16, 2018

    The Introductory Walling Workshop, held indoors at Scott Farm, was a full day of learning the basics of stone wall building from certified instructors Jared Flynn and Jerry Coggin. It was great to see the indoor center flourishing as the rain and snow came down outside!


    First Introductory Walling Workshop of 2018!
    Posted April 10, 2018

    The Introductory Walling Workshop was great. 18 participants got to learn from Jared Flynn, Michael Weitzner (both DSWA-GB Master Craftsman) and Judy Rand (DSWA-GB Intermediate). Workshop participants included a Father & Son, Father and Daughter and several couples. Take a look at photos of day!


    The Steps and Stairs Workshop – lots of hands-on – April 8th
    Posted April 10, 2018

    The Steps and Stairs Workshop was a great success. Here are some photos of the day!


    Flagging / Patio Workshop on April 7th enjoyed by all!
    Posted April 10, 2018

    The Flagging / Patio Workshop started with the fundamentals. Take a look at the photos of the day!


    Thanks for all the help on Volunteer Day!
    Posted April 9, 2018

    A huge thank you to the amazing people who came to our volunteer day. We built a footbridge, prepared for the flagging workshop, prepared for the stairs workshop, organized the barn, set up the big tent and finished off a section of wall.

    It was a great day of fun, work, and well SNOW… When your told to stand close together so we all fit in the picture when taking the group photo you know it has been a good volunteer day! This was largest number of volunteers we have had in one day. Thank you! It makes it all feel so worth it when you have a group of folks come excited to help! Our next volunteer days are May 1st and May 4. Anyone is welcome to come.


    DSWA-GB 50th Anniversary
    Posted April 4, 2018

    This year is the 50th anniversary of the DSWA and to celebrate we are organising a National dry stone walling competition on Sunday 20th May 2018 at Fleet farm , ten minutes from the Crooklands office and training site. There are classes for all including a prestigious inter branch pairs competition for members of the DSWA, they would would love to have an entry from the US competing and representing The Stone Trust if at all possible.


    Waller of the Month: Patrick McEneaney
    Posted April 4, 2018

    PATRICK McENEANEY (Massachusetts), is featured in The Stone Trust’s 2018 Calendar, is the owner of Village Stonesmiths Gardens & Masonry Inc. along with his wife Erika. It is a full service landscape design & build company that specializes in work with natural stone. Patrick holds a B.S. degree in Environmental Design from UMass Amherst, and is a certified Intermediate Level 2 waller with the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. He is supported by his crew of mason laborers: Andy McCarthy, John Callahan (Level 1 certified waller), Francky Cledomin, and Harrison Doamarral. Photos by Adam Rourke. http://www.villagestonesmith.com/


    2018 Contractors Workshop Success!
    Posted April 2, 2018

    The Contractors Workshop was a great success. Check out all the photos!


    Masterclass: Hearting by Sean Adcock
    Posted March 29, 2018

    On courses trainers seem to really emphasize the importance of hearting and I suppose the reasons for that should be fairly obvious, however just to recap. When we build a wall with everything we do we are essentially striving for 3 related goals. The first is should be somewhat obvious — that it stands up. In the short term that is fairly easy to achieve, however practices have to vary slightly to make walls something more than ephemeral. That is where the second goal comes in. Walls settle and move, they cannot escape the effects of gravity (inter alia) and so techniques have to be adjusted/developed to control this movement, reducing the potential for it (e.g. tightness) and then the third goal, controlling it when it happens (e.g. length in). At times I think this third goal gets forgotten.


Upcoming Events


  • Retaining wall workshop 4/28/18
    April 28, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

Here in the North East, many of the walls people are building are retaining walls. While all the principals of a free standing wall apply there are additional rules and methods to follow when building retaining walls. The focus needs to be on a sound structure that will last for generations. Local round field stone will be used for this wall.


  • Batter Frames Workshop 4/28/18
    April 28, 2018
    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.


  • Stone Shaping 4/29/18
    April 29, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop will spend the day learning about how to shape stones for use in dry stone walls. Participants will be introduced to a variety of stone types, and how to work with them. Both hand and power tools will be demonstrated and used. The stone shaping portion will focus on efficient practices, learning how to look at a stone and judge how to shape it, as well as proper use and care of tools.


  • Two Day Workshop: Feature Build (5/5 & 5/6/18)
    May 5, 2018 - May 6, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

his workshop is perfect for the artist, homeowner, landscaper, mason, or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls, or to improve your skills. We will be building a permanent wall on Scott Farm will incorporate some artistic features. The wall will be divided up into panels with old granite curbstones set vertically. Each panel will be built in a regional style or have artistic patterning in the courses and types of stone being used. We will also be incorporating some small niches into the wall as well. The image below gives a good idea of the plan. The final designs will be determined by the stone available, and the visual statement.


  • Monday, 5/7/18: Certification Test
    May 7, 2018
    7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Testing Levels Initial, Intermediate & Advanced. Monday, May 7, 2018. NOTE: You must hold the previous level certification to sign up for any test above level 1. Click here to return to test day information page. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS Monday, March 26th! NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.