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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

    Great Introductory Workshop – our first in Mont Vernon, NH! (5/19/18)
    Posted May 21, 2018

    This outdoor Introductory Walling workshop was the first one held at our new location, Broadview Farm, in Mont Vernon, NH.


    Spring Feature Build Completed!
    Posted May 18, 2018

    8 lucky workshop participants got to work with Master Craftsman instructors Dan Snow and Cris Tanguay to build an amazing feature wall at Scott Farm. The two day workshop allowed participants to design their own pannel, and work with a variety of stone types. Some truely great wall designs emerged throughout the weekend.


    The Joy of Building
    Posted May 18, 2018
    The Stone Trust had a great time working with students at a local students in engineering expo.  Over 200 students - junior high and high school - cam through in groups of 15 or so.  The Stone Trust had several hands on activities with foam arches to show how force, friction, and gravity work.  They [...]
    Fairfield, PA Carmelite Monastery Project
    Posted May 18, 2018
    A new monastery is being built in Fairfield PA (South Eastern) for the Carmel of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph; Fairfield, PA. This group of Carmelite Nuns, is seeking the construction to be built with the guiding principles of authenticity and simplicity. The plans call for many structural stone buildings to built. This year, with basic [...]
    An amazing 2-day Feature Build Workshop (5/5 and 5/6/18)
    Posted May 7, 2018

    Through sun and rain, the participants continued to build this permanent wall -a perfect blend of skill and artistry – at Scott Farm.


    A Creative Day at the Slate Lettering & Relief Carving Workshop! (5/5/18)
    Posted May 7, 2018

    A day of play and hand-on learning!


    Lots of learning at the Stone Shaping Workshop! (4/29/18)
    Posted April 30, 2018

    A rare opportunity to delve into stone shaping with a variety of stone types.


    Good times at the Retaining Wall Workshop! (4/28/18)
    Posted April 30, 2018

    This workshop was a full day of learning how to build a retaining wall that lasts!


    Successful Batter Frames & String Lines Workshop! (4/28/18)
    Posted April 30, 2018

    The Batter Frames & String Line Workshop was a great day of learning one of the most important parts of stone wall building…


    Cris-cross wall: localized style of old wall
    Posted April 26, 2018
    I was up in the Randolph & Brookfield VT area and noticed a localized walling style in the old field walls and even some large foundation walls (which I sadly did not get a photo of). The local bedrock seemed to be naturally splitting away into long narrow strips of stone.  In the field walls [...]

Upcoming Events


  • Site Prep Workshop at Eureka Rd (6/8/18)
    June 8, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Learn how to rebuild a historic field wall in a beautiful Vermont setting. Participants will be guided through the preparation for rebuilding a dilapidated field wall using the local field stone. This workshop is an excellent professionals, homeowners, hobbyists, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls. Workshop participants will learn the needed site preparation for building a wall.


  • Rebuild 2-Day Workshop: Springfield VT (6/9 & 6/10/18)
    June 9, 2018 - June 10, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Learn how to rebuild a historic field wall in a beautiful Vermont setting. Participants will be guided through all aspects of rebuilding a dilapidated field wall using the local field stone. This workshop is an excellent professionals, homeowners, hobbyists, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls.


  • Bridge Stone Shaping (2 of 3) 6/17/18
    June 17, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop will spend the day learning how to shape stones for use in an arched bridge. The main priority will be making the voussoirs (tapered stones forming the arch). Both hand and power tools will likely be demonstrated and used.

This stone shaping workshop will focus on making the stones needed for the bridge build in September. However, these techniques can be applied to all kinds of stone shaping and walling. The assumption is that participants taking this workshop already know at least the basics of dry stone walling. This workshop will delve into stone shaping and to a much greater level of detail than workshops that focus on wall building.


  • Introductory Workshop 1-day (7/14/18)
    July 14, 2018
    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…
Participants will be lead through setting foundation stones, building and hearting, setting throughstones, and copes!


  • Bridge Stone Shaping (3 of 3) 7/15/18
    July 15, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop will spend the day learning how to shape stones for use in an arched bridge. The main priority will be making the voussoirs (tapered stones forming the arch). Both hand and power tools will likely be demonstrated and used.

This stone shaping workshop will focus on making the stones needed for the bridge build in September. However, these techniques can be applied to all kinds of stone shaping and walling. The assumption is that participants taking this workshop already know at least the basics of dry stone walling. This workshop will delve into stone shaping and to a much greater level of detail than workshops that focus on wall building.


  • 2-Day Galloway & Single Stack Workshop: (7/28 & 7/29/18)
    July 28, 2018 - July 29, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This specialized two day workshop will teach two building techniques traditionally used to build field walls when large stone was the readily available building material. The Galloway wall is built with small stones making up the bottom half of the wall, with the large stones placed above. A single stack wall is built much like a stack of firewood, with big irregular stones. Tens of thousands of miles of these wall types exist in New England, and they were built because they made the best use of the material at hand and are fast to build.