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Building Walling Skills, Training Capacity, and Community, Twin Cities, July 17 & 18, 2021

We Had a Blast! Stone Shaping, July 17, 2021 Stone Trust Board President and Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) Level 3 Advanced Waller Daniel Peterson and Level 3 Advanced Waller Daniel Arabella led our first Stone Trust stone shaping workshop at the Minnesota Stone Trust site on Saturday July 17. We had five enthusiastic participants,…

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So Many Books, So Little Time

The Stone Trust online store offers a wonderful collection of books on stone walls. The topics range from historical books about old stonewalls to step-by-step How-To manuals about the details and methods of construction. Whether you’ve already taken a workshop, are registered for an upcoming one, or simply have an interest in learning about walling,…

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Learning to prepare the base and lay the stone at our July Flagging/Patio workshops

As is usually the case, you brought a range of experience to our July Flagging/Patio workshops, from none to self-taught to related courses in stone work to the professional day-to-day. Your groups included eight men and three women working from 9 to 5 on two separate days to learn how to prepare the base and…

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Building retaining walls to last, July workshops in Vermont

If you came to more than one workshop during our Summer Medley Weekend, you experienced some rain (deluge to drizzle) and some shine (beautiful full sun to cloudy). Such is the weather in New England. People in the Sunday retaining wall workshop fared better weather-wise than those on Monday. But all of you took the…

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Learning techniques to shape varieties of stone (July 10, 2021, VT)

Introduction to Stone Shaping attracts wallers with significant projects and an abiding interest in learning what they need to know to complete their projects well. This past weekend’s class attracted a number of homeowners and some career-changers who had gotten the basics under their belt at an Intro workshop. A self-taught waller who repairs walls…

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A Full House at the Vermont Women’s Intro on July 10

The sixteen women who attended the Women’s Introduction to Dry Stone Walling on Saturday reported results as happy as the expressions on their faces in the photo. We are so pleased! They came from near (New England) and far (Virginia) with a range of relevant experience–from landscape designer, professional gardener, and architect to little to…

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Thanks for coming to learn the 5 basic rules of dry stone walling, July 9, 2021

July 9 promised plenty of rain, so it was a good thing that vaccinations have made it possible for The Stone Trust to return to teaching in our Indoor Training Center in the foundation of the Scott Farm’s 1862 Barn. Thirteen men and one woman, mostly from New England, arrived to to learn the fundamentals…

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Thanks for coming to the 2-Day Intro Workshop! (June 12 & 13, Minneapolis)

We had six enthusiastic individuals participate in the first 2021 workshop held at our training site in Isanti, Minnesota. Two of the participants had previous experience working with stone in their landscape business and are looking to improve their stone working skill, two of the participants work in the construction trades as well as farming,…

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A Tree is Planted (with Feather & Wedges)

When a neighbor brought Scott and his wife a beautiful crabapple tree as a living memorial for a loved one who had recently passed, they knew the perfect spot for it. Scott started digging a hole for planting and, as often happens, he soon hit a rock. As he shoveled around it, he unearthed a…

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