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

    First in Pennsylvania: Women’s Introduction to Dry Stone Walling!
    Posted October 19, 2021
    On October 10 the weather was slightly overcast and the temperature was mild for the first Women’s Introduction to Dry Stone Walling held in Pennsylvania. Three women, ranging in age from 36 to 65 arrived from Maryland to learn the five basics of dry stone construction techniques. After a brief overview, everyone experienced some quality [...]
    If you listen, stone walls have a story to tell
    Posted October 13, 2021
    After our last big medley weekend of workshops is over and with days getting shorter, grab a good book to read during those long, dark evenings. If you look closely at the books in our online store, hidden among the assortment of ‘how-to’ books, you’ll find two gems on the history of stone walls. The [...]
    David Wilson's Completed Project
    Master Class: ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ (Part 2)
    Posted October 12, 2021

    Continue with the 2nd part of David Wilson’s piece ‘Exit Through the Gift shop’


    October 2021 Waller of the Month: Fran Hammond
    October Waller of the Month: Fran Hammond
    Posted October 12, 2021

    FRAN HAMMOND (Pennsylvania) is a DSWA-GB Level 2 certified waller and owner of Morning Dew Stonework and Landscape.


    Events & Items of Interest, October 13, 2021
    Posted October 11, 2021
    Participant Submission: Foo Larkin's Living Walls Operations Manager Theresa Spear tells us, "Foo bought some tools from us and mentioned a project he was working on. I said I 'd be interested in seeing pics. He just sent these and I thought they were very unique looking. They might be interesting to include in our [...]
    Thanks for coming! 2-Day Intro and Cheek Rebuild Workshops, Oct 9 & 10 (MN)
    Posted October 11, 2021
    Hello everyone, I just wanted to send a quick thank you to all of you for participating in the workshop this weekend. For those of you interested in acquiring stone working tools, I encourage you to order them through the Stone Trust website at https://thestonetrust.org/store/ .  The funds assist The Stone Trust with our mission [...]
    Thanks for coming! 2-Day Intro + Cheek End: September 25-26, 2021 (VT)
    Posted October 1, 2021
    On two beautiful late September days, fifteen men and women gathered at the Stone Trust Center in Dummerston, Vermont to learn the five basic rules of dry stone walling. Four others came to apply those principles to building vertical wall ends, also known as cheek ends. You came from near and far--Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, [...]
    2-Day Intro & Cheek End: Sept. 18 & 19, 2021 (TN)
    Posted September 30, 2021
    Well it rained and it rained from pretty much start to finish. By 10:00 AM on Saturday I was ready to call it. The truth of the matter is, the Nashville site is very close to the Harpeth river and flooding isn't uncommon. After we lost two canopies to the deluge I gave everybody the [...]
    Certifying as a Waller Is No Mean Feat!–Fall Test Days 2021
    Posted September 28, 2021
    It takes brave souls to test their walling skills against the Dry Stone Walling Association's Craftsman Certification Scheme. Each of you fit training into busy lives full of work, family, friends, community obligations, celebrations and losses. Some of you drove 2000 miles, others 400. A few of you live relatively close to the Stone Trust [...]
    Cutthroat Castle Group at the Hovenweep National Monument
    Master Class: ‘Exit Through the Gift Shop’ (Part 1)
    Posted September 17, 2021

    Illusion and mystery are part of Banksy’s schtick…however as an intellectual starting point it is thought provoking and throws up some interesting aspects around the issues of appropriation and motivation. What does it contribute to creating work that is real and authentic?


Upcoming Events


  • 2.13 Contractors Intro - October 21, 2021
    October 21, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc.


  • 2.20 Retaining wall workshop (10-22-2021) Mont Vernon, NH
    October 22, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

Participants will learn how to maximize strength for a retaining wall while following the basic rules. Foundations, drainage, perforated pipe, filter fabric, geo-textiles and more are all discussed or demonstrated. This workshop is intended to give you the information to make wise decisions on your own projects. It is well suited for both homeowners and contractors. PREREQUISITE:  any 1.00 level course, or 2.10, or 2.13


  • 2.41 Women's Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor) - October 22 & 23 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    October 22, 2021 - October 23, 2021
    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.


  • 3.20 Flagging Workshop (10-23-2021) Mont Vernon, NH
    October 23, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1 day workshop attendance

Have a patio or walk way to build? This is the workshop for you!

Learn the fundamentals of patio construction in a fun, energetic, hands-on environment. While not strictly dry stone walling, flat-work is a common part of many projects. Doing a good job starts with a good foundation, and finishes with an attractive pattern of stone. This workshop will teach you how to do flat-work that stays flat and attractive for decades.


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (2- Day, October 23 & 24, 2021 (Nashville, TN)
    October 23, 2021 - October 24, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 2-day workshop attendance

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.