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

    Women’s 2-Day
    Posted May 18, 2022
    Ten people journeyed to the Stone Trust Center in Dummerston, Vermont for the second 2-Day Women's Introduction to Dry Stone Walling of 2022. You came from nearby Vermont, New Hampshire, and New York. You also traveled from farther afield--Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Colorado. You arrived with little to no experience of building with stone, although [...]
    Late April’s Medley, Dummerston, VT
    Posted May 6, 2022

    Learned a lot and want to know more: Late April’s Introduction to Dry Stone Walling Awesome time learning to shape stone! Retaining walls are hard, but fun! Thanks for coming to April’s flagging-patio workshop Building steps and stairs: A wall with extremely modified batter   Join us for Medley Weekends in New Hampshire in July […]

    Walling for Youth & Professionals in Peekskill–Eleven Trained!
    Posted May 4, 2022

    Peekskill Youth Workshop -Saturday, April 30, 2022 (Custom Workshop)

    Historic Preservation: 175-year-old walls (circa) restored at Dutton Farm, Dummerston, VT
    Posted May 3, 2022

    Its one thing to work on a beautiful workshop wall at The Stone Trust where walls go up and down every month, its another to dive into an historic farm wall that has been part of the landscape for over 100 years. It creates a sense of respect to think that the wall that we are rebuilding will hopefully be around for another 100 years.

    May Waller of the Month: Jerry Coggin
    Posted May 1, 2022

    JERRY COGGIN (Pennsylvania) — Jerry has been working in the craft of drystone for about 10 years. My wife Kim’s passion for the craft was the initial influence to get me started. However, as a friend in New Hampshire so aptly states, “it is a slippery slope” and once you get started it can be quite addictive due to sense of accomplishment, and the sheer majesty of the finished product.

    Tool Guide: Power Tool Blades
    Posted April 27, 2022

    The Sencore 4.5″ Turbo Diamond Blade is a fast cutting diamond blade for stone. Far better than anything you will find in a local hardware store. It is used with the flush cut adapter for enhanced capabilities. Mounts on any typical 4.5″ angle grinder. PLEASE NOTE:  It important  to always wear a proper respirator when cutting stone.

    Join us for VOLUNTEER DAY, May 19, 2022
    Posted April 25, 2022

    FIRST VOLUNTEER DAY this Thursday, April 21st from 9am to 5pm at Dutton Farms in Dummerston, VT!

    Master Class: The Cleits of St. Kilda
    Posted April 25, 2022

    The St Kilda island group lies about 40 miles west of the Hebridean island of North Uist. Village Bay, on the southeast corner of Hirta, the largest island, has a wealth of stonework. The head dyke quite clearly separates the arable ground from the hill pasture. The other main feature is the line of the village street. Drystone Blackhouses, built in the 1830’s sit between 16 stone and lime cottages built in the 1860’s. Behind the street lies the circular graveyard, planticrues and enclosures for livestock.

    Building steps and stairs: A wall with extremely modified batter!
    Posted April 25, 2022

    A cool, gray, late-April day greeted the ten of you who came to build steps and stairs. You analyzed the structure and composition of four different existing stairways, one made of large granite steps, a couple from large slabs of schist, one constructed of smaller stones. Somebody said, “Great workshop! I appreciated the exposure to several types of stairs and associated challenges.”

    Thanks for coming to April’s flagging-patio workshop!
    Posted April 25, 2022

    Thanks for coming to April’s Flagging-Patio Workshop! It looks like you got what you came for and had a good time. For the most part, you express confidence in your ability to take what you learned and apply it to your own projects. Enjoy! To see examples of flatwork, visit our photo gallery.

Upcoming Events

  • 4.70/5.20 Sphere Feature Build: May 20-21, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm each day.
    May 20, 2022 - May 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Building a dry stone sphere is challenging task, much appreciated by people of all skill levels. To celebrate 10 years of service for the preservation of the craft of dry stone walling we are paying our respect to the artistic side of the craft. Participants will get to learn about and gain experience splitting and trimming slate, as well as how to approach stacking for complex features, and setting up guides for keeping the geometry true.

  • 1.20 Two-Day Introductory Workshop - May 21 & 22, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    2-day workshop attendance
    May 21, 2022 - May 22, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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.

  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop - May 21 & 22, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    May 21, 2022 - May 22, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whenever your building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well and structurally are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right.

  • 2.80 Test Preparation Workshop: (1-Day): May 21, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    May 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • 3.80 Test Preparation Workshop: (1-Day): May 21, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    May 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is intended for those planning to take a Level 1 or Level 2 certification test. Learning tips and tricks to help you pass, while you practice build for your test.

  • 2.90 Spring Certification Test Day: May. 23, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1 Day attendance
    May 23, 2022
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
  • 3.90 Spring Certification Test Day: May. 23, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1 Day attendance
    May 23, 2022
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
  • 4.90 Spring Certification Test Day: May. 23, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    1 Day attendance
    May 23, 2022
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm

Testing Levels Initial, Intermediate and Advanced (Part B). Thursday, September 23, 2020. NOTE: You must hold the previous level certification to sign up for any test above level 1. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE is August 11th! NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

  • 1.10 Introductory Workshop: (1-Day): June 11 (Nashville, TN)
    June 11, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, hobbyist, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall…