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

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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

    Through Grit and Application, Five More Professionals Achieved Certification
    Posted March 22, 2023
    Thoughts from instructor, Martin Beevers As is becoming customary, the Stone Trust's 5-Day Contractor's Intensive was the opener for the 2023 workshop season in Tennessee. My favorite course to teach. A real chance to spend time with the participants, get to know them and see real growth. It's a tough week, make no mistake. But, [...]
    Notes from the Historic Preservation Working Group, March 2023
    Posted March 13, 2023
    Participant at work during our Dutton Farm Historic Wall Preservation workshop from 2022. Our 2023 preservation workshop at Dutton Farm is opening for sign-ups now. What’s uppermost in many preservationists’ minds? Who is going to carry on once we're gone? Needed and noble professions potentially heading towards extinction Much has been written lately about the [...]
    Seeking a Lewis Lifting Appliance: Do you know where to get one?
    Posted March 13, 2023
    Hello, my name is Michael Morrone. I am the owner of an excavation company in Rhode Island. I currently build retaining walls built with large boulders. I am looking to purchase a wedge style lifting anchor--a Lewis Lifting Appliance-- used in a drilled hole within the boulders. I am told that they were used in [...]
    Time on the Wall: Volunteer Day, the Stone Trust @ the Vermont Granite Museum
    Posted March 13, 2023
    You’re Invited for Walling and a Museum Tour! Where: The Stone Trust Training Center at the Vermont Granite Museum When: Saturday April 22 and/or Sunday April 23, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please join Stone Trust site champions and instructors Jordan Keyes, Alex Hoffmeier, and Jake McArdle to help with the continued build out of key [...]
    Learning New Skills at the Stone Trust, PA
    Posted March 10, 2023
    "I learned a ton and it’s really fed my excitement for stonewalling."   Six wallers learned new skills at the introduction and cheek rebuild workshops at the Stone Trust, PA last weekend. The introduction class consisted of five individuals from the Mid-Atlantic. Three of you are based in locations less than 2 hours from our [...]
    Tool Guide: The Use of a Hand Set
    Posted March 8, 2023

    It has always been said, use the right tool for the job. And from time to time, we are so pleased to be able to do exactly that- offer our  drystone walling community  a new tool that should find a home in the waller toolbox. We’ve just added a rugged new Hand Set  that will earn its keep when fabricating features, copes, or just trying to wall tightly. 

    Master Class: Problems and Planning – (Part 2)
    Posted March 8, 2023

    Last time I stated that “Inevitably a wall has faults, being a better waller involves reducing these faults, and not compounding those that are made…” a philosophy I shall now add to…When building a wall you are presented with a series of problems to solve.

    March Waller of the Month: Dan Morales-Walsh
    Posted March 3, 2023

    DANIEL MORALES-WALSH (Maine) — Dan is the owner/operator of Maine Stone Scapes in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. Their mission is to create timeless stonework with a nuanced approach through craftsmanship, integrity, and value.

    Level 1 Waller Success at Contractor’s Intensive in PA
    Posted March 2, 2023
    Thanks to everyone involved in this year’s first Contractor’s Intensive workshop. Your eagerness to learn made it possible that all 5 of you passed your Level 1 Certification. Congratulations!   All of you came from out of the state for this workshop and test day. Three of you came from Michigan, one from New York, [...]
    Contractors and Landscapers Come Pre-Season to Learn Dry Stone Walling in PA
    Posted February 16, 2023
    “This class was very informative and very helpful for future jobs.” We’re so glad you took advantage of this winter training opportunity! All of you came from a background of construction or landscaping. You said you wanted to know more about building stone walls for personal and professional reasons. A few of you commented on [...]

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