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Stonework by Jo Hodgson

Women's Dry Stone Walling Workshop

Stonework by Jared Flynn
Photo by Ron Kantor

Irish Fedien Wall Workshop in Progress

Stonework by Jared Grant

Dry Stone Walling Workshop

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

    A wall or a snow fence
    Posted March 19, 2018

    Andrew Pighills, a DSWA-GB certified waller in CT, was recently over in England during the major snow storm there, and sent us these great photos of how a wall can act like a snow fence in windy conditions. In these conditions walls can provide shelter to sheep, but it can also become a death trap if the snow builds up too quickly.

    Amazon Smiles Donation Tripled Till March 31
    Posted March 13, 2018
    Did you know that you can donate to The Stone Trust, at no additional cost to you, with every purchase you make from Amazon.  Typically the rate is .5% of the purchase amount.  But this week it is Tripled to 1.5% for your first eligible purchase.   Please take this opportunity to help out The [...]
    2018 Instructors Course Success
    Posted March 13, 2018
    The DSWA-GB Instructors course was once again held at the Stone Trust.  We had 10 certified wallers attend and become Dry Stone Walling Instructors. Steve Jonas facilitated the DSWA-GB course.  Steve is professional educator who specializes in training for group management and facilitation.  His knowledge and experience was key to the success of the course.  [...]
    Old House and Barn Expo
    Posted March 13, 2018

    The Stone Trust will be at The Old House and Barn Expo in Manchester NH on March 24th and 25th. Come by our booth and practice your walling skills with out mini table top wall. We will also be demonstrating how to use ‘feathers and wedges’ to split stones, and much more besides. We will have a selection of tools, hammers, and books for sale right on site. Plus an at show discount of 10% off any workshop registered for at the Expo.

    First 2018 workshop: Time Lapse and results
    Posted March 5, 2018

    We had a great time at the Stone Trust’s first workshop of the year. Check out the great video time lapse and all the photos!

    dry stone wall with herringbone. Build lead by Brian fairfield
    Waller of the Month: Brian Fairfield
    Posted March 5, 2018

    BRIAN FAIRFIELD (Maine), is featured in The Stone Trust’s 2018 Calendar. Brian says “I’ve been working with stone for the better part of two decades now, and the one thing that I keep learning about myself is that there’s lots of learning to do. I almost always work alone, but when I do get the opportunity to work with more highly skilled individuals, I’ll gladly make the trek to soak up knowledge. My goal is always to build to the highest level of quality possible. “Always do the next job at least a little better than the last job” Brian is DSWA-GB Advanced Certified Waller, and a Certified Instructor. http://www.mainestonework.com

    The Garfinny Bridge
    Posted March 5, 2018
    ~ by Brian Post ~ While over in Ireland in the beginning of February, Kenneth Curran of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Ireland suggested I check out the Garfinny Bridge, a historic dry stone structure.  Arched stone bridges are seemingly everywhere in Ireland, but they are nearly aways mortared.  This bridge reportedly dates back to before [...]
    A Visit to The Gathering Of Stones
    Posted February 26, 2018

    As many of you know I had the opportunity to spend a few days in Ireland at the beginning of February. One of the highlights of the trip was getting to meet Ken Curran and Karl Kennedy of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Ireland (DSWAI). Both were incredibly generous with their time and took me to over to the Laugh Boora Parklands where the DSWAI built the ‘Gathering of Stones.’

    Thank you to our 2017 Annual Appeal Contributors!
    Posted February 26, 2018

    A big thank you to everyone who contributed to our annual appeal. Because of your contributions, we met our goal of raising the $7000 need for matching grant to further expand the Masters Features Park. We also have an good start on our scholarship fund, with enough for several scholarships, and we look forward to continuing to raise additional funds for this throughout the year. Overall this was our biggest return ever for an annual appeal, both in terms of numbers of donors and total value.

    New Project Photos
    Posted February 19, 2018

    Mike Santini, a Level 1 DSWA Certified waller recently sent us these photos as he was signing up for his Level 2 Test in May. The project includes his first arch.

    Mike says: “[The stone] Did take a bit of shaping, most if that stone is from the southern tier of New York, a good bit of sandstone so rather easy to shape. The corner stones at the steps are reclaimed Medina sandstone road curbs. That stone is unique to our region, they took quite a

Upcoming Events

  • Contractors Workshop
    March 30, 2018
    8:30 am - 5:30 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.

  • Flagging Workshop
    April 7, 2018
    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.

  • Stairs Workshop 4/8/18
    April 8, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

This workshop is all about building dry stone steps. You will learn tips and techniques to build several types of stone steps. Layout, design, stone shaping, tool use, and methods for handling large stones will all be part of this workshop.

  • Women's Introductory Indoor Workshop 4/14/18
    April 14, 2018
    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.

  • Retaining wall workshop 4/28/18
    April 28, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

Here in the North East, many of the walls people are building are retaining walls. While all the principals of a free standing wall apply there are additional rules and methods to follow when building retaining walls. The focus needs to be on a sound structure that will last for generations. Local round field stone will be used for this wall. The rules and principals learned here can be applied to all retaining walls whether hand-built or those built with equipment.