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2018 Member Newsletter is coming soon!

Our very own, 2018 Member Newsletter will shortly be mailed to all our members!  This is our second ever hard copy newsletter and it is bigger and better than last years edition.  Filled with content and information that is not available anywhere else at The Stone Trust, it is an important benefit of being a member.  This issue contains:

  • The Costs of Owning and Operating Machinery, by Irwin Post
  • Historical Profile: James Otis Follett – Dry Stone Bridge Builder, by Dan Snow
  • Member Journal: Building Level 3 Test Features in England by Jamie Masefield
  • This Year’s Highlights in Photographs: submitted by TST members

Thank you to Tom Hutten who did the design, editing, and layout of this fantastic 20 page newsletter.

Owning and operating equipment is something that many professional and amateur wallers do, or aspire to do.  But how do you know how much to charge for using it?  If you put your savings into buying a piece of equipment and then 10 years later don’t have the money for a replacement did you really understand the costs?  This article will give you over 5 pages of in-depth information on how to figure out your costs.  It is must read for anyone who owns, or plans to own, equipment.

We have been talking a lot about about the dry stone arch bridges in Southern NH, with our upcoming historic bridge tour on Sept 7th.   But over in and around Townshend Vermont is another pocket of dry stone bridges built by James Otis Follett.   Researched by Dan Snow, this article looks at who James was, as well as at the bridges he constructed between 1894 and 1911.

Building the features for Part A of the advanced and master craftsman certification tests is not only a challenge to do, the logistics of where, when, and with what stone, can also be quite a challenge.  Jamie Masefield writes about his choice and experience going to England to do his Advanced Part A features this past winter.

We all love photos of stonework!  This issue we had photos submitted from many professional members, and they fill 8 pages with joy and passion of finally crafted dry stone walls and features.