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

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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

    Shaping Stone at the Stone Trust Central Valley, Vermont
    Posted September 15, 2023
    The weekend after Labor Day was a busy one for the Stone Trust with three different workshops at three different sites. The Stone Trust Center in Dummerston, VT and at the Stone Trust Minnesota each hosted a 1-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling. The Stone Trust Central Valley hosted an Introduction to Stone Shaping workshop [...]
    Walling in the Barn at the Stone Trust Center
    Posted September 15, 2023
    Early in September, when the weather was not very cooperative, a group of wallers managed to complete a one-day introductory workshop to learn about dry stone walling in the barn at the Stone Trust Center. The foundation of Scott Farm’s 1862 barn provides space safe from the weather to practice dry stone walling skills, whether [...]
    Learning to Build by Repairing a Wall in Minnesota
    Posted September 14, 2023
    A group of novice dry stone wallers came to a one-day introductory workshop this weekend in Minnesota to learn the five basic principles of dry stone walling. All but one were local to Minnesota. One waller came from Iowa. The Upper Midwest walling community continues to grow! Thank you to instructor and site champion, Dan [...]
    Underway! The Second Annual Derbyshire American Training Program
    Posted September 11, 2023
    Eight American wallers arrived in Manchester, England on September 2, ready to achieve Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) certification. They have finished their first week of training during a two-week intensive walling course led by Master Craftswoman Sally Hodgson with support from Master Craftsman Trevor Wragg, both highly respected figures in the walling world with [...]
    Tool Guide: Choosing a Hammer: THE HAMMER POINT
    Posted August 31, 2023

    It may be that you already have a pair of stone busters  in your tool chest. Though the Trow & Holden 2lb Hammer Point Hammers work with the same principal, this hammer has another strong suit. The hammer points round point is ideal for removing high spots, again keeps you hand out of harms way when striking.

    Reading List – The How To – Essential Edition
    Posted August 31, 2023

    Here is beginning spot for your dry stone walling library, just in case you wanted to narrow it down to the essential starter list of titles. This curated collection is solid foundation to return to time and time again and is  dedicated to the “How To” of dry stone walling.

    Master Class: Potato Houses – Part 2
    Posted August 30, 2023

    Having graduated to houses I should mention an interesting little booklet “An Illustrated Guide to Stone Antiquities on The North Yorkshire Moors” by Elizabeth Ogilvy which I acquired many years ago and includes an entry on “Potato Houses”.

    September Waller of the Month: BENJAMIN MARON
    Posted August 28, 2023

    BENJAMIN MARON (New York) — In 2002, Benjamin founded Kraftwright, dedicated to designing and constructing dry stonework throughout the Hudson Valley. He holds a Dry Stone Walling Association Level 2 Waller Certification and has been a certified instructor since 2016. He has assisted with the restoration of Opus 40, a large environmental sculpture in Saugerties, New York.

    No Better Way to Spend a Day Than Walling!
    Posted August 23, 2023
    On a lovely, sunny Saturday, the Stone Trust Center hosted a 1-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling workshop and Level 1 and 2 Test Prep workshops. Though these groups are very different in background and skill level, everyone enjoyed their day in learning and practicing dry stone walling. Sharing the outdoor classroom creates great synergy! [...]
    Time on the Wall: Volunteer @ the Milton Cemetery Historic Dry Stone Wall Rebuild Project
    Posted August 23, 2023
    The Milton Cemetery Historic Dry Stone Wall Rebuild Project is in need of Level I Certified wallers willing to volunteer their time in exchange for the opportunity to gain some walling experience in genuine field walling conditions on a historic wall rebuild.  This wall project is remarkable in that it is being built entirely from [...]

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