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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Feel free to visit the Stone Wall Park any time during daylight hours. You may also want to download a map of nearby dry stone features built by local wallers. Check out the Scott Farm, site of The Stone Trust Center.

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

    Events & Items of Interest, January 14, 2021
    Posted January 12, 2022

    Events & Items of Interest, November 22, 2021

    Master Class: Ecology of Stone
    Posted January 12, 2022

    We all have different paths that lead us to dry stone and to using dry stone in the landscape. Many of us are drawn to the aesthetics of dry stoneworks. Some of us are drawn by the historic value and significances, and some are drawn by the timeless nature and longevity of dry stone.

    Tool Guide: Choosing and Using Stone Buster Hammers
    Posted January 5, 2022

    Stone Buster Hammers are versatile, powerful, and can be used with great accuracy as well.  You never have to worry about hitting your hand again with these hammers.

    January 2022 -Waller of the Month- Jared Flynn (Moongate)
    January Waller of the Month: Jared Flynn
    Posted January 3, 2022

    JARED FLYNN (Vermont) — Jared holds Master Craftsman certification from the DSWA-GB and is a certified examiner. In 2010, Jared helped found the Stone Trust, demonstrating his commitment to the professional development of his fellow waller

    Winter Wall at the Stone Trust Center
    Closed for the Holiday
    Posted December 23, 2021
    The Stone Trust will be closed from December 24, 2021  through January 2, 2022. Thank you and all our best for a wonderful Holiday and New Year! We look forward to helping with any inquiries or questions when we return January 3, 2022. We will  resume fulfilling orders on January 3rd as well.
    Tool Guide: Feathers and Wedges
    Posted December 15, 2021

    Brian Post shows how to use feathers and wedges (aka wedges and shims) to split stone.  This detailed video will take you through setup, what sizes to use, spacing and layout, drilling, history and much more as we split down granite blocks to make through stones and cheek end material.  This video is full of basic knowledge and advanced techniques.  Just like building a wall everything is done to improve efficiency while achieving the needed accuracy.  Trow and Holden feathers and wedges were used throughout this video along with the Trow and Holden Hand Hammer.  The Trow and Holden 4lb Stone Busters make a few appearances as well.

    Events & Items of Interest, December 8, 2021
    Posted December 10, 2021

    Events & Items of Interest, November 22, 2021

    A Place to Practice Walling in an Urban Landscape: Roger Snell’s Community Garden Project
    Posted December 6, 2021
    Roger first contacted the Stone Trust in December 2020 seeking training on the West Coast. As an exiled New Englander, he was willing to travel to learn the art and craft of dry stone walling, but the pandemic interfered with his plans. He finally was able to learn the five basics of dry stone walling [...]
    Master Class: “Punta Nati: Saving Heritage” – (part 2)
    Posted December 6, 2021

    Master Class: “Punta Nati: Saving Heritage” part 2 … In Spring 2013 Stonechat 28 visited Menorca, Borut Juvanec took us around the corbelled structures on the island whilst I adapted Frederique Mahieu’s leaflet about the Espai paret seca – the dry stone wall space

    December Waller of the Month: Hilary Dees
    Posted December 6, 2021

    HILARY DEES (Colorado) started working with stone on trails in 2012 and has traveled and worked across New England and the West, specializing in utilizing rigging systems to quarry

Upcoming Events

  • 4.10 Instructors Certification Course- March 8 to March 10, 2022
    March 8, 2022 - March 10, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Learn to teach dry stone walling and become a certified instructor! After taking this course you will know the fundamentals of teaching walling. A very informative and fun learning experience. For level 2 or higher certified wallers only.

  • 2.60 Contractors Intensive (5-day): March 14-18, 2022
    5-day workshop
    March 14, 2022 - March 18, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

2.60 Contractors Intensive: (5-Day): March 14 – 18, 2022 (Tennessee) This workshop includes 4 days of training and the
Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB) Level I (Initial) certification test on the final day.

This workshop is perfect for the landscape or masonry contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work, and gain DSWA-GB Certification.

  • 2.13 Contractors Intro - March 19, 2022 (Nashville, TN)
    March 19, 2022
    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. Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall, 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.

  • 3.30 Walling Skills Intensive (4 Days) - March 21-24, 2022 (Nashville, TN)
    3.30 workshop attendance
    March 21, 2022 - March 24, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

NEW FOR 2022! The Walling Skills Intensive (WSI) workshop is intended for the intermediate waller who desires to test for Level 2. You will understand the scoring criteria used in the DSWA Level 2 Certification Test, and you will know what areas you personally need to focus on to successfully test.

  • 2.10 Historic Wall Rebuild (3-Day or 2-Day option) - April 8-10, 2022(Nashville, TN)
    3-Day course attendance
    April 8, 2022 - April 10, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Stone Trust, in conjunction with the Hunterwood Home Owners Association, will be repairing a section of Civil War-era dry stone wall on Manley Lane in the Brentwood area of Nashville, Tennessee. Here you can learn dry stone walling while working to rebuild historic dry stone walls.

  • 1.10 Introductory Workshop: (1-Day): April 9, 2022 (Dummerston VT)
    April 9, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, hobbyist, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall…