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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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Virginia City… Silver City: By rail past dry stone retaining walls through Nevada

Stone Trust friend, geologist, and Level 1 Initial-certified dry stone waller Jim Wood sent photos from his recent trip from Virginia City to Silver City, Nevada. He writes: Here’s the scene. The historic railroad brought in mining supplies in the day and hauled out the silver bullion. Mark Twain worked at the Territorial Enterprise here.…

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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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