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Stone Trust Center VT Season Opener: Homeowners, landscapers, and high schoolers learn the five basics of dry stone walling

The Stone Trust Center Vermont’s workshop season started on the first weekend in April with a 1-Day Women’s Introduction to Dry Stone Walling on Saturday and a 1-Day Intro on Sunday. People’s excitement to learn about the five basic principles of dry stone walling was evident. You brought a variety of experience, from homeowners wanting…

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2-Day Intro and Cheek End Wallers Learning Side by Side

In early March, the Stone Trust PA hosted another successful weekend of workshops with a 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling and a Cheek Rebuild Workshop in the barn. It was a busy weekend with seven participants at the intro workshop and a full complement of four wallers on the cheek ends. Even though the…

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PA Cheek End Intensive Prepares Three More Wallers for Level 2 Test

At the end of February, the Stone Trust PA taught another round of the Cheek End Intensive. This four-day workshop is designed to prepare wallers for the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) Level 2 Waller Certification, globally recognized as the professional standard. It is a demanding test with substantially higher expectations for fit and finish.…

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January Intro at the Stone Trust, PA Starts Off 2024 Workshop Season

An appropriate way to start off the 2024 workshop season, the Stone Trust PA had a 2-Day Introductory Workshop in the cold and snow. The outside temperatures for both days started at less than 10°F, and 6 inches of snow on the ground drifted in places to well over two feet. But with some hot…

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Seven New Level 1 Wallers at PA Contractors Intensive

The Stone Trust, PA just finished the 2023 workshop season with a December Contractors Intensive. Seven wallers earned their Level 1 certification. This initial certification establishes that the wallers can execute the basic principles of building a structurally sound, freestanding dry stone wall. This certification places emphasis on sound and solid construction rather than on…

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Professionals and Enthusiasts Alike Enjoy Learning to Wall at the Stone Trust Center

Fourteen people came to experience the craft at a 1-Day Intro to Dry Stone Walling workshop on Sunday November 5. The group included several landscaping professionals and experienced masons who came to sharpen up their skills. Other stone enthusiasts are looking to tackle projects at their property. Among the group were one husband and wife…

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Horticulturalists and Stone Wall Enthusiasts Satisfy Their Curiosity at November’s Women’s Walling Workshop

Ten women convened at the Stone Trust for a 1-Day Women’s Intro to Dry Stone Walling workshop on Saturday November 4. Among the group were two landscape designers currently studying at the School of Professional Horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden. They are looking to expand their horizons by learning more about stonework. One…

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October Medley Weekend: Variety of Skills and Weather

The Stone Trust, NH hosted the last medley weekend of the year in October, offering workshops to help build skills in a four-day period: an introduction to dry stone walling, stone shaping, retaining walls, steps and stairs, and flatwork. Wallers came together from all over the Northeast, as well as Ohio, New York, and Virginia.…

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Wallers from All Over Come to Barre for Contractor’s Intensive

To close out October’s Stone Trust workshops, the Stone Trust Central Valley in Barre, VT hosted a 5-Day Contractor’s Intensive. Five participants joined from all over the country to learn the fundamentals of dry stone walling and achieve their Level 1 Certification. Instructor Alex Hoffmeier says, “With such varied backgrounds, experiences, and future professional goals,…

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