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Stonework by Brian Fairfield
Built with assistance from several certified wallers

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

    Dry Stone Walling featured in Masonry Magazine
    Posted December 7, 2018

    The November issue of Masonry Magazine featured Part 1 of an article on dry stone wall building.  Written by Brian Post, part one provided an introduction and background to dry stone walling.  Unfortunately it went to print before being copy edited… but despite the errors, there is still plenty of sound information.  Part 1 also […]


    Fairfield PA Carmelite Monastery Guesthouse Complete
    Posted December 7, 2018

    You want to see these pictures! As many of you know The Stone Trust played an active role in the building of one of the 1st buildings at the new Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Fairfield PA. Our role began with design consultation, and progressed to dry stone wall training, certification, and on site quality assessment throughout nearly the entire 4 month build.


    Certification for City of Boulder CO employees.
    Posted December 7, 2018

    The City of Boulder Colorado, Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department has been doing a lot stone work on their trail crews. Hilary Dees (DSWA-GB Level II, Instructor, and Stone Trust professional member) was hired near the beginning of 2018 as a Trail Stewardship Program Lead. Since that time she has been sharing dry stone wall knowledge with her co-workers. She got a training site for city employees set up and worked with The Stone Trust to set up certification test days for DSWA-GB certification… Read More


    Waller of the Month: Sam Brakeley
    Posted December 7, 2018

    SAM BRAKELEY (Vermont) is featured for for December in our 2018 Calendar. Sam has been building trails since age eight, and has progressed to complex trail constructions throughout New England. Click through to read more.


    Help Support 2019!
    Posted December 5, 2018

    The Stone Trust has big plans for 2019 and as 501(c)3 non-profit this is the time of year we ask for your help to fulfill our mission to preserve and advance dry stone walling! Read about out successful 2018 and see the highlights and more! Please make a donation to help support The Stone Trust!


    The 2019 Stone Trust Wall Calendar!
    Posted November 12, 2018

    This calendar shows some of the finest work by DSWA-GB certified wailers from across North America, showcasing beautiful photos of their stone work and sharing a brief summary of their walling experience. Special price offer until December 7th!


    The Stone Trust Gift Certificates make the perfect holiday gift!
    Posted November 12, 2018

    Give your loved one a gift with options. They can choose from a wide variety of 2019 workshops and events or use the gift certificate for merchandise in The Stone Trust online store.


    Wrapping up the season with a great Introductory workshop! (Nov. 10, 2018)
    Posted November 12, 2018

    Our last of the season, another fun “Intro to Dry Stone Walling”!


    Waller of the Month: Pete Ryder
    Posted November 6, 2018

    Pete Ryder (NH) is our Waller of the Month for November 2018. This wall in Mont Vernon, NH replaces a poison ivy decorated linear pile of field and garden picked stone. Click through to read more.


    Staying dry, having fun building walls indoors! (Oct. 27, 2018)
    Posted October 29, 2018

    It might have been raining outside, but everyone stayed nice & dry inside The Stone Trust training facility, sharing camaraderie and learning to build a dry stone wall.


Upcoming Events


  • 2.13 Contractors Workshop
    March 29, 2019
    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.


  • 1.11 Women's Introductory Indoor Workshop 4/13/19
    April 13, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

A chance to learn from the women in North America who are DSWA Certifed Instructors! This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, landscaper/gardener, artist, or hobbyist. Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq ft of wall (one side), using natural round fieldstone. You will learn all the basic rules of structural walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project.


  • 3.20 Flagging Workshop (4/28/19)
    April 28, 2019
    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.


  • Spring Certification Test: Friday, 5/3/2019
    May 3, 2019
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
    - 1 Day attendance

Testing Levels Initial, Intermediate and Advanced (Part B). Friday, May 3, 2019. NOTE: You must hold the previous level certification to sign up for any test above level 1. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, March 20th! NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.