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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.

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From the Blog

    Pair of Wallers Improve Walling Skills at Cheek End Intensive
    Posted June 19, 2024
    Most Stone Trust workshops start with an existing stone feature whose structure students study before dismantling the wall (wall end, steps/stairs) and rebuilding it using time-tested techniques. Over the course of the almost fifteen years of Stone Trust training, instructors have determined this teaching method to be the most effective and efficient. The Cheek End [...]
    Improving Skills at the First Minnesota Workshops of the Season
    Posted June 12, 2024
    To start off the summer and the 2024 workshop season in Minnesota, the Stone Trust MN had great weather for a 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling and a Cheek Rebuild Workshop. Five wallers came to the introductory workshop from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from those who work and teach in the industry to [...]
    Gear Guide: Staying Cool
    Posted June 12, 2024

    A long time Stone Trust friend favorite, these beautifully embroidered Stone Trust baseball caps are available in both a black or silver embroidery style. Stay cool supporting the Stone Trust in these durable caps, whether you’re working on project outside all day or you’ve got the day off! One size fits all and all in stock now!

    Master Class: Britain’s & Ireland’s Walling Treasures: Redrawing Patterns (part 1)
    Posted June 5, 2024

    Walling Treasures is an ongoing project and I do occasionally unearth more information and very (very, very) rarely get sent information (sadly I never, ever, receive nominations these days). Following the “patterns” edition (which you can of course find on wallingwonderland) back in Waller and Dyker Spring 2011 Richard Tufnell was kind enough to provide more information on the ‘Butt and Hudd’ style of single walling which I am told I got very wrong. My interpretation was based on a wall I had been taken to when researching the rewrite of BTCV’s “Dry Stone Walling”, and on F.Rainsford-Hannay’s scant text when describing the method as “short pieces of single dyke of the bigger stones are built, with stretches of double dyke between them. The effect is to tighten up the work and to divide it into panels.”

    Tool Guide: Batterboards, String Lines and Guides
    Posted June 5, 2024

    To work efficiently, having good guides is critical. Batterboards, string lines and guides makes it possible to stay on track and build right. As with any project much of the construction set up and methods used were site and project specific and need to be considered carefully when adapting to other sites. Exclusively at the Stone Trust!

    Reading List – Nick Aitken – A Journey of Thousands Miles
    Posted June 4, 2024

    Nick Aitken is one of the people in the world of dry stone walling you will want to meet. The Stone Trust was thrilled that Nick had time to come to the Stone Trust Center in Dummerston, VT to participate in Irish and Scottish Dry Stone Walling Workshop May of 2016, volunteering his time to give an presentation, “Ribbons of Stone” on Scottish dry stone walling .This must have dry stone walling guide is written by Nick Aitken with its particularly interesting tour of the dry stone walls stretching thousands of miles of stone ribbon stretching across the landscapes of the Scottish Highlands, Yorkshire Dales and Cotswolds guides you through construction methods which have existed for thousands of years. Indeed, dry stone structures in the Orkney Islands and Ireland are even older than the Egyptian pyramids.

    Women Learn Walling at the Stone Trust CO: Managing Critters and Slopes
    Posted June 4, 2024
    A word from Site Champion and Instructor, Hilary Dees: Four women from all walks of life from across the country met on a perfect spring weekend in Colorado to engage with the art and craft of dry stone walling. The women brought their hopes, dreams, and aspirations for future projects with them and we discussed [...]
    Building Faces or Ends, an Enthusiastic Group of Wallers Learn Side by Side
    Posted June 3, 2024
    In the middle of May, the Stone Trust Center hosted simultaneous workshops of a 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling and a Cheek Rebuild Workshop. With over twenty wallers and four instructors participating in workshops, the site was full of excitement. Two long training walls create the opportunity for large groups of enthusiastic wallers to [...]
    Comparing Notes on Traditional Walling Techniques at a 2-Day Intro in PA
    Posted May 30, 2024
    On a nice, warm weekend in the middle of May, four wallers came to the Stone Trust PA barn to a 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling Workshop. The wallers were looking to learn the five basic principles of dry stone walling, specifically as the traditional techniques apply to geology in a region of North [...]
    Record Numbers at May Test Day at the Stone Trust Center
    Posted May 24, 2024
    Congratulations to all newly certified wallers: Level 1 Wallers: Isaiah Clarke* Micah Franzman Jay Hartshorne Prescott Hartshorne Ben Jenkins-Provost* Elijah Karecki* Michael Maher Saman MoeinJahromi Kestrel Osman Matthew Nunn Eric Tatro Level 2 Wallers: Jackson Conn Kelly Maloney *In the spring of 2022, Ted Carter Inspired Landscapes worked with the Stone Trust to certify the [...]

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