Fall 2016 Certification Day

Stonework by Jo Hodgson

Women's Dry Stone Walling Workshop

Stonework by Jared Flynn
Photo by Ron Kantor

Irish Fedien Wall Workshop in Progress

Stonework by Jared Grant

Dry Stone Walling Workshop

Stonework by Brian Fairfield
Built with assistance from several certified wallers

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

    Bridge Workshop Series is Ready
    Posted December 14, 2017
    We are continuing to work on getting our 2018 events up and ready for your registrations, and you can now register for all workshops in our new bridge building series! The Bridge Series Includes: Bridge stone shaping (1 of 3) 5/20/18 Small Arch Workshop 6/16/18 Bridge stone shaping (2 of 3) 6/17/18 Bridge stone shaping [...]
    2018 Complete Schedule
    Posted December 5, 2017
    Check out all the workshops and events we have this year at a glance!  This table shows all we have going on conveniently color coded by event type (key at bottom).  We are working on getting all these workshops up on our website for online registration.  If you don't see the event your interested in [...]
    Waller of the Month: Mark Jurus
    Posted December 1, 2017

    MARK JURUS (Maryland), featured in The Stone Trust’s 2017 Calendar, is a DSWA-GB Level 2 Certified waller and Certified Instructor. He is also Certified Level 1 by the Dry Stone Conservancy. Mark has specialized in the craft of Dry Laid Stone Construction since 2007. He has become a tireless supporter of dry stone walls and has even set up his own….

    T-Shirt Sale
    Posted December 1, 2017

    Get the original stone trust t-shirt for just $7 while supplies last!!!

    Waller of the Month: Seth Harris
    Posted November 1, 2017

    Seth Harris (Vermont), featured in The Stone Trust’s 2017 Calendar, in 2008 Seth bought an excavator, and his passion for using big stones was finally viable. Since then, Seth has worked with many certified wallers in Vermont and he now holds DSWA-GB Level 2 and Instructor’s Certification. In addition to stonework, Seth is an experienced fine woodworker, timber-framer….

    2018 Workshop & Event Schedule Coming Soon!
    Posted October 20, 2017
    We had a great 2017 season which just wrapped up in the beginning of October. Our 2018 schedule will  be posted and ready for sign-ups shortly. 2018 will be our biggest year ever with over 40 workshops and events. The Stone Arch, the Stone Arch Bridge and the Instructor Certification course will all be offered [...]
    Learning to build dry stone wall
    October Workshop Success
    Posted October 20, 2017
    We had a great workshop with Matt Carter and Brian Fairfield teaching. Fourteen participants Friday prepared the wall site and learned about stone shaping. Fifteen participants built 45 feet of wall on Saturday and Sunday including two cheek ends. Check out all the pictures below!  
    Waller of the Month: Jo Hodgson
    Posted October 1, 2017

    Jo Hodgson (Ontario) is a professional dry stone waller from the UK who moved to Ottawa, Canada in 2003. Jo runs her own business specializing in dry stone construction and restoration for private gardens and public spaces. She is a DSWA-GB Certified Waller and Instructor, and also holds a Master’s degree in Education (Univ. of Manchester). Jo teaches walling in Canada, UK and the U.S. and is committed to passing on her….

    Waller Profile: Patrick McEneaney
    Posted September 25, 2017
    Patrick McEneaney shares his experience of success: starting and operating a new stone working business. Written by Stone Trust Board Member Nancy Shepherd Patrick McEneaney - Village Stonesmith Gardens & Masonry, Inc. After over 20 years of gathering work experience, Patrick decided he was ready to start his own business four years ago. “We hit [...]
    Check out the October Workshop Site
    Posted September 25, 2017
    See where our October 2017 workshops will be held in the video below.   These are our last workshops for 2017 so don't miss out! The Friday October 6th Site Prep workshop will teach you how to go from this old linear rock pile to a site that is ready to wall, with the stone sorted, [...]

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.