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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.

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

    Engaging the Art and Craft of Dry Stone Walling at the Stone Trust NY @ Opus 40
    Posted May 17, 2024
    The Stone Trust NY @ Opus 40 hosted a full weekend of workshops with a 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling and a Cheek Rebuild Workshop. The Stone Trust NY has attracted folks from all over who want  to learn the art and craft of dry stone walling at such a unique site. Built at [...]
    Back-to-Back Workshops Start the Stone Trust Central Valley Season
    Posted May 17, 2024
    The Stone Trust Central Valley in Barre hosted a weekend of back-to-back workshops with a 1-Day Intro and Stone Shaping. On Saturday, aspiring wallers came from Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, and Canada. Many of you came to this workshop to understand more about working with stone on your property. One person brought over ten years [...]
    Reading List – A Closer Look at Those Dry Stone Walls Revisited
    Posted May 10, 2024

    The South Australia landscape welcomed the use of stone as an irresistible building material for early settlers. Bruce and Kristin Munday traversed 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”.

    Tool Guide: Focus on Stone Shaping
    Posted May 10, 2024

    People have been shaping stones for millennia. As a natural material, stone varies widely, and a range of methods and tools can be used to achieve a similarly wide range of purposes. Stone shaping, focuses on basic techniques that are appropriate for landscape uses and building structural walls with stone. These techniques can often be applied to other types of stonework, such as veneer, as well.

    Master Class: Professional Column — Ends (part 2 )
    Posted May 10, 2024

    With a ‘broken tie’ end you have runners but no ties. Instead you place a runner and then at the same level butt a broken tie stone to it. This broken tie should be more than half the width of the wall so it at least ties something, but less than ¾, simply because if it is more than ¾ the runner is too narrow. You can place the broken tie first but usually it is easier and structurally sounder to place the runner first and then fully utilise the available space with a broken tie

    Certification Success at First Contractor’s Intensive @ Opus 40
    Posted May 9, 2024
    The Stone Trust New York @ Opus 40, one the Stone Trust’s newer sites, hosted its first workshop in the fall of 2022. 2023 brought a small but steady schedule, offering the 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling and the Cheek Rebuild workshops on spring and fall weekends. Spring 2024 added a Contractor’s Intensive to [...]
    April Medley Weekend: A Buzzing Five Days of Workshops
    Posted May 6, 2024
    The April Medley Weekend at the Stone Trust Center offers an exceptional way to hone your skills as a waller. Five five days of workshops span a variety of fundamental dry stonework elements. The medley includes an Introduction to Dry Stone Walling, Introduction to Stone Shaping, Retaining Walls, Steps & Stairs, and Flatwork. This year’s [...]
    First-Ever Intro for Landscape Architects and Designers
    Posted May 3, 2024
    On a sunny spring Saturday, eleven professionals from the adjacent field of landscape architecture and design arrived at the Stone Trust Center in Dummerston, Vermont for hands-on experience building a dry stone wall. Several came from firms with national scope designing at municipal and institutional scales. Others came from smaller local design-build companies, including a [...]
    Inaugural Workshop at the Stone Trust Colorado
    Posted April 26, 2024
    April 2024 marks the first workshop at the Stone Trust Colorado @ Early Bird Farm. Six wallers turned out to learn the 5 basic rules of dry stone walling at a 2-Day Introductory Workshop. Five wallers came from the state of Colorado. One drove all the way from Washington State! Most brought minimal walling experience, [...]
    May Waller of the Month – ALEX HOFFMEIER
    Posted April 24, 2024

    ALEX HOFFMEIER (Vermont) – Alex, a Level 3 waller, is a landscape designer specializing in dry stone building. He and his wife Sarah own Ecolibrium, LLC, in Montpelier, Vermont. Together they work with homeowners to envision and install beautiful,
    functional, and ecologically minded landscapes.

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