Don’t miss the Landscape Architect/Designer 1-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling and Gathering
April 27 @ the Stone Trust Center, Dummerston, Vermont

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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

    Reading List – Those Dry Stone Walls Revisited with Bruce Munday
    Posted April 11, 2024

    Beautiful stone was nature’s gift to South Australia, and an irresistible building material for early settlers. Join Bruce and Kristin Munday as they traverse South Australia in search of those walls, seeking answers and documenting the adventure. Discover historic masterpieces and insights into rural life in the years following European settlement. And meet the custodians of the walls, rightly proud of this heritage, who shared their stories in this newly revised, second edition of “Those Dry Stone Walls Revisited”.

    Master Class: Professional Column — Ends (part 1 )
    Posted April 10, 2024

    As DSWA’s “Dry Stone Walling: Techniques and Traditions” points out walls have to start and finish somewhere more often than not at gateways (and to a lesser extent corners) so wall ends (heads/cheeks) are something you are likely to encounter early in your walling career and frequently thereafter. Consequently their construction is a technique useful to master, and one that is then easily adapted for the more ‘advanced’ features which employ similar construction techniques, such as sheep passages (a.k.a inter alia; cripples, lunkies, creeps etc.), and right angled corners. In this respect ends can be seen as forming the backbone of the Craftsman Certification Scheme.

    Tool Guide: The Homeowner’s Wall
    Posted April 9, 2024

    You’ve been dreaming of the corner in the garden, that rock wall along the border of your property, but where and how to start? The Stone Trust wanting to help with those often difficult decisions on what are the best tools to get started with for a beginner stone waller has put together this Beginner Waller Pack for you with the basics tools and instructions to get started in the right direction.

    Stone Trust Center VT Season Opener: Homeowners, landscapers, and high schoolers learn the five basics of dry stone walling
    Posted April 9, 2024
    The Stone Trust Center Vermont’s workshop season started on the first weekend in April with a 1-Day Women’s Introduction to Dry Stone Walling on Saturday and a 1-Day Intro on Sunday. People’s excitement to learn about the five basic principles of dry stone walling was evident. You brought a variety of experience, from homeowners wanting [...]
    April Waller of the Month BEN SANDRI
    Posted March 24, 2024

    BEN SANDRI (Massachusets) – Working mostly in western Massachusetts, Ben t grew up building with lumpy fieldstone in New Hampshire. A high school teacher and part-time waller, he love getting to bring both my professions together as an instructor.

    2-Day Intro and Cheek End Wallers Learning Side by Side
    Posted March 18, 2024
    In early March, the Stone Trust PA hosted another successful weekend of workshops with a 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling and a Cheek Rebuild Workshop in the barn. It was a busy weekend with seven participants at the intro workshop and a full complement of four wallers on the cheek ends. Even though the [...]
    The Instructor Gathering: Passing on a culture of craftsmanship and camaraderie
    Posted March 14, 2024
    The Gathering, Day One Every two years, the Stone Trust holds a three-day Instructor Gathering and Certification event. Day one brings both new and experienced instructors together. The waller-teachers who got certified in 2011 have a lot to share with the wallers newly eligible to become Stone Trust instructors. The Gathering also provides the opportunity [...]
    PA Cheek End Intensive Prepares Three More Wallers for Level 2 Test
    Posted March 12, 2024
    At the end of February, the Stone Trust PA taught another round of the Cheek End Intensive. This four-day workshop is designed to prepare wallers for the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) Level 2 Waller Certification, globally recognized as the professional standard. It is a demanding test with substantially higher expectations for fit and finish. [...]
    Master Class: Britain and Ireland’s Walling Treasures Sceilig Mhichíl – Skellig Michael
    Posted March 2, 2024

    12km off the coast of Kerry, Southern Ireland, lie 2 natural old red devonian sandstone pyramids, the Skellig islands, effectively the westernmost point of the Kerry Mountains. Small Skellig is the home of over 25000 pairs of gannets, the larger island, Skellig Michael, also an important site for breeding sea-birds is a world heritage site, home to a 7th Century monastic complex, inscribed (designated) as such by UNESCO in 1996

    Tool Guide: Focus on Flatwork
    Posted March 1, 2024

    Building a stable foundation is always the best entry point for a project’s success. For flagging and patio work, just as for a building a wall, the preparation of the base layer and laying flagging is intertwined with using the right flagging tools. For patios, walkways and paths you may have been imagining, here are a few we have included in our curated store collection.

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