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 website! To review our 2021 schedule of workshops, click here. Please scroll down to subscribe to our virtual newsletter. If you would like to receive a copy of our 2021 Annual Newsletter, join us as a member!

Feel free to visit the Stone Wall Park any time during daylight hours. You may also want to download a map of nearby dry stone features built by local wallers. Check out the Scott Farm, site of The Stone Trust Center.

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

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    Posted June 10, 2022

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    Tool Guide: Flagging Stonework
    Posted June 9, 2022

    Having the right flagging tools is an important to building the patio or walkway you may have been imagining. Here are a few we have included in our curated  store collection:

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    Meet Karen Jarret, Board Member
    Posted June 8, 2022

    Karen joined the board of the Stone Trust in January 2022. Like many of us, she was introduced to the Stone Trust through a weekend walling course, in her case a one-day Women’s Intro workshop in 2020.  Karen had retired earlier that year as Facilities Director for Trinity Church, built in 1877, located in Copley […]


    Master Class: Giren
    Posted June 6, 2022

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    Such a special tour! Dry stone features Hidden in the Hills of Dummerston, Vermont
    Posted June 6, 2022
    Dummerston, VT, Sunday, June 5 Friends of the Stone Trust gathered on a glorious Sunday afternoon for a tour of dry stone structures. We gathered at the Stone Trust Center for a quick overview of the architecture of a double-stack dry stone wall before heading off to see stonework built into the local landscape.    [...]
    June Waller of the Month: Daniel Peterson
    Posted May 31, 2022

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    A Quiet Celebration of Dry Stone Walling: Spring Test Day 2022
    Posted May 28, 2022
    Test Days Twice a year serious wallers present themselves as candidates for Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) certification. In May and September each year, the Stone Trust provides access to and administers the DSWA certifications at the Stone Trust Center in Dummerston, Vermont. The certification pathway consists of four levels: 1-Initial, 2-Intermediate, 3-Advanced, and 4-Master [...]
    Spring Prep Day 2022
    Posted May 27, 2022
    A Test Prep workshop increases a candidates chances of passing a Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) test to 85%. So six people came to learn from Martin Beevers and Jerry Coggin how to succeed on their upcoming tests. Four rebuilt Level 1 test stints--both faces of a double-stack, freestanding wall--against the clock on a very [...]

Upcoming Events


  • 2.13 Contractors Intro (1-Day): July 7, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    July 7, 2022
    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.


  • 2.20 Retaining Wall Workshop (1 Day, Outdoor): July 08, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    1-day workshop attendance
    July 8, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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. PREREQUISITE:  any 1.00 level course, or 2.10, or 2.13


  • 2.50 Intro to Stone Shaping Workshop (1-Day): July 08, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    1-Day workshop
    July 8, 2022
    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. PREREQUISITE: Open to those who have taken at least one Level 1 workshop
(or are experienced wallers).


  • 3.20 Flagging/Patio Workshop: (1-Day), July 09, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    1 day workshop attendance
    July 9, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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.


  • 2.50 Intro to Stone Shaping Workshop (1-Day): July 09, 2022 (Minneapolis, MN)
    1-Day workshop
    July 9, 2022
    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. PREREQUISITE: Open to those who have taken at least one Level 1 workshop
(or are experienced wallers).


  • 3.10 Dry Stone Steps & Stairs Workshop (1-Day): July 10, 2022 (Mont Vernon NH)
    1-day workshop attendance
    July 10, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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.