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 it’s programs going. Help us continue to preserve and advance the art and craft of Dry Stone Walling!

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From the Blog
    Tools for sale at The Stone Trust
    The Stone Trust Sells Tools!
    Posted April 18, 2017

    Did you know The Stone Trust now sells tools and supplies useful for all wallers?

    We currently sell tools from Trow and Holden, Rebit, Micon, Sencore, & Kraft.

    Waller of the Month: Daniel Arabella
    Posted April 17, 2017

    Daniel Arabella has been passionately bringing traditional drystone methods to the Midwest for seven years and incorporating it into the projects he builds for his business: Arabella Stone Co. Daniel’s extensive background in the arts and construction industries provides a cohesive of blend skills and a fresh approach to a traditional craft. Daniel takes an artisan’s approach to his projects and puts his heart into his work so that he can create a masterpiece for each client.

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    April 8 & 9 Workshop Success
    Posted April 12, 2017

    It was a busy weekend at The Stone Trust.  Over April 8&9, we had four workshops with a total of 7 instructors 58 participants!  Walling was introduced to 32 people at indoor workshops. Instructors Michael Murphy, Torben Larsen, and Michael Weitzner led participants through the fundamentals of building dry stone walls.
    Outside our biggest ever retaining wall workshop ever took place, rebuilding a 28 ft long wall over 5 ft high.  This was taught by Brian Post and Benjamin Maron.  On Sunday, our new full day stone shaping curriculum was a great success.  With participants learning everything from basic hammer techniques to using power diamond saws.  Instructors, Brian Post, Seth Harris, Torben Larsen, along with  Jorden Keys from tool manufacturer Trow and Holden,  made for a great student to teacher ratio.  Check out a few of the Highlights below.  There are lots more photos and videos available here too.

    2017 workshops begin
    Posted April 4, 2017

    Despite the late season snows, 2017 dry stone walling workshops have begun. On Friday March 31st, as the snow was coming down outside, 19 people were learning the craft at our contractors dry stone walling workshop. Braving the snow storm to get here, they learned the fundamentals of dry stone wall construction.

    Check out all the pictures below. Thanks to Judy Rand for volunteering and taking all the photos, and the great instructors Jared Flynn, TJ Mora and Brian Post

    Workshop rebuilding old field wall in Vermont
    Join the Volunteer Email List
    Posted March 22, 2017

    Are you interested in hearing about opportunities to volunteer at The Stone Trust?

    We typically have several volunteer days per year to help get our training sites ready for workshops and work on special projects.

    Volunteer days can involve all kinds of tasks including:

    The finished build with team that made it happen
    Boston Flower Show: Wallers win Best of Show and More
    Posted March 21, 2017

    For the 3rd year in a row Brian Fairfield of Maine Stonework lead the build at The Boston Flower and Garden Show, which is open Wednesday March 22 – Sunday March 26, 2017.

    Brian designed the concept and brought together a great group of wallers to make it all happen. Over the days 11 people built this Dry Stone Fairy House garden. Awards were just given out and it won Best in Show and 4 other awards.

    Great Video with Interview of Sally Hodgson
    Posted March 17, 2017

    Sally Hodgson, the worlds only DSWA-GB Certified Master Craftswomen and Examiner will be coming to The Stone trust in May to teach and examine. This video features a great interview with her, covering her travels and experience.

    Stone Walls That Stay Built
    Posted March 17, 2017

    Brian Post, Executive Director of The Stone Trust and DSWA-GB Certified Master Craftsman, wrote an article about building Dry Stone Walls for the current Issue of Fine Home Building Magazine.

    The six page feature article covers the basic rules and more in succinct and easy to read language. With lots of action pictures and clear illustrations, it is a great guide for learning walling practices that will allow your walls to stand for centuries.

    Waller of the Month: TJ Mora
    Posted March 3, 2017

    TJ Mora, featured in The Stone Trust’s 2017 Calendar, is the owner of Mora Stoe. TJ is an Intermediate (Level II) DSWA-GB certified waller. He is also a DSWA-GB Certified Instructor. TJ is a professional member of The Stone Trust and will be instructing our May 6 Outdoor Intro Workshop, a Two Day Outdoor Workshop on June 24-25, and a Test Prep Workshop on Septermber 8.

    Level 3 Part A Test Wall
    Upper Level Testing Part 1: Level III Part A.
    Posted February 20, 2017

    This is the first in a series of planned posts to provide additional information to those wallers who want to progress in certification beyond Level 2.

Upcoming Stone Trust Events
    two day level 1 - 9
    Introductory Workshop: One Day Outdoor
    Saturday, May 6, 2017

    This workshop is perfect for the homeowner or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls. If you are looking to learn more before starting to build a wall at home or trying to educate yourself before hiring someone else to build a wall. This is the workshop for you. It is great introduction for landscapers who are looking to get into dry stone walling.

    Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall (one side), using flat ledge stone. Participants will learn all the basic rules of structural walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project. The different type of stone used is the primary difference between this workshop and the indoor introductory workshops.

    Women's dry stack stone wall workshop
    Women’s Introductory Workshop: One Day Indoor
    Saturday, May 6th, 2017

    A chance to learn from the women in North America who are DSWA Certifed Instructors! At The Stone Trust, all of our women’s only workshops are taught by women wallers. This workshop will have the only 3 women in North America who are certified dry stone wall instructors teaching!

    This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, landscaper/gardener, 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.

    Women’s Level 1 & 2, Dry Stone Walling Highlight Course
    Sunday, May 7th, 2017

    This workshop will have the only 3 women in North America who are certified dry stone wall instructors teaching! This workshop is intended as a follow up to the level 1 workshop the day before. This workshop is all about learning to shape stone. Hammer, split, trim, and cut.

    Wallers learning to use batter frames and string lines for building dry stone walls, dry stack walls, and dry laid walls.
    Batter Frames and String Lines: One Day Indoor
    Sunday, May 7th, 2017

    This workshop is all about how to build and use guides for dry stone walling. We will show you different methods and materials to build batter frames for a variety of situations. Participants will split up into small groups to practice various techniques. Learn tips and tricks for correctly using string lines and how to prevent common errors. Learn how to determine the appropriate dimensions for the walls, correct batter angle, and what to do for special features and unusual circumstances.

    Seth Harris instructing the 2016 Test Prep workshop
    Spring 2017 Test Preparation Workshop: One Day Indoor
    Friday, May 19, 2017

    Prepare for your certification test! This workshop is perfect those planning to test on Monday. Learn tips and techniques to help you pass your test, all while practicing on the stone walls used for the tests. A must-take workshop for those planning to go for the difficult Level 2 test. Take this workshop and receive a discount on a Saturday or Sunday Pre-test, before testing on Monday.

    Seth Harris is a Level 2 certified waller and certified instructor. He has been a test site coordinator at The Stone Trust on several occasions and is well versed in what it takes to pass a test. There is nothing better than a day of tips from the pros! In addition to dry stone walling Seth is also an accomplished fine woodworker, blacksmith, excavator and more. He is the owner of Foxchair Mountain Craftsmen in Springfield VT.

    Come to the first Dry Stone Stairs workshop at The Stone Trust
    Steps and Stairs Workshop – Dry Stone: One Day Outdoor
    Friday, May 19, 2017

    This workshop will teach everything you need to know in order to build strong and long lasting dry stone steps. Participants will divide up to work on building several sets of new stairs in the Master Feature Park. There will be variation in materials and methods. Learn about using equipment for moving large stones as well as techniques for moving large stones by hand. Layout, dimensions, sourcing stones, understanding how to set the elevations with a story pole, shaping the steps, and integrating them into walls will all be included.

    Spring 2-Day Outdoor Workshop
    Saturday & Sunday, May 20 & 21, 2017

    This workshop is perfect for the homeowner, landscaper, mason, or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls, or to improve your skills.

    Over the course of the two days each participant will build about 35 sq. ft. of wall (one side), using either round field stone, flat ledge stone, or a mixture. Level 1 participants will learn all the basics of structural walling, plus so much more. Level 2 participants will work on building a wall end, also known as a cheek end. The knowledge taught in this workshop can be applied to any type of stone and dry stone walling project.

    Irish Feiden Wall Workshop: One Day Outdoor
    Saturday, May 20, 2017

    Irish Feiden Wall, also known as an Irish Family walling is a style that involve a mix of vertically and horizontally placed stones in a variety of sizes to create a distinctive pattern with stones referred to as “children, mothers, fathers” based on their size and location in the wall, suggesting who might have placed them. This type of wall is common in the Aran Islands and places in Western Ireland, but little known elsewhere. Traditionally built with the limestone of that region which is roughly level bedded, we will be adding our own twist to this style of wall, using a mix of our locally available round glacial till and level bedded schist. This workshop will rebuild and improve on the 40 ft section of Feiden wall in the master features park.

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    Slate Carving Workshops
    Saturday, May 20 and/or Sunday May 21, 2017

    This workshop introduces you to slate carving techniques using hand chisels and mallets. The workshop will focus on having participants carve pieces of slate that will become permanent signs in our master feature park. This will primarily be done using a raised letter method. You will be guided through the drawing, composition, and spacing of your letter forms and learn to translate your inscription into a carving. No previous experience with drawing or carving necessary.

    Scottish Galloway Wall Workshop: One Day Outdoor
    Sunday, May 21, 2017

    Galloway walls feature a single stack of large stones on top of a double stack of small stones. While it may seem counter intuitive it is a very strong and fast way to build. Galloway walls are very applicable when there is a wide variety of stone sizes to build with and a lot of large stones. Many of the historic pasture walls in Northern New England were Galloway or Single Stack walls. This workshop will give you an opportunity learn this type of walling.

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