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Dry stone training at the Stone Trust Center–a fun learning environment for all groups no matter the weather!

Every year in the spring and fall, the Stone Trust brings Dry Stone Walling Association Master Craftsmen-Certification Assessors from the UK. The masters teach a 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling the day before or after Test Day. This year, Andy Loudon, Chief Assessor for the DSWA, traveled to the Stone Trust Center in Dummerston,…

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Certification Success at May Stone Trust Test Day

Congratulations: Level 1: Alfred Dedam                    Connor McIntyre                         Crennan Thompson                              Darryl Bullay                                 David Foster Forrest Peaker                  Jared Randall                               Joshua Moore                                           Seth Hatch                                      Tyler Hall Level 2: Sam Johnson Every year, the Stone Trust Center hosts two test days; one in May and one in September. Test days are a chance for wallers to get certified…

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Restoration Completed: Finishing the Historic Dutton Farm Wall

Its one thing to work on a beautiful workshop wall at The Stone Trust where walls go up and down every month, its another to dive into an historic farm wall that has been part of the landscape for over 100 years. It creates a sense of respect to think that the wall that we…

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Nothing Beats a Day of Walling, Except a Day of Walling With Friends

The Stone Trust Center hosted two consecutive 1-Day Intros this weekend–luckily two days of beautiful weather. The Sunday group included ten wallers excited to learn about dry stone walling. Many of you came with friends, whether it be a neighbor, partner, or father/daughter. Those of you who came solo may have bonded over your love…

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Communication and Collaboration Build Confidence at the Women’s Intro in Vermont

On a bright, sunny day, the Stone Trust Center in Dummerston, Vermont hosted a one-day women’s introductory workshop. Thirteen women came to learn about dry stone walling. They took home know-how to apply to projects at home and professionally. One waller treated herself to the workshop for her birthday! Most of the women wallers live…

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Preparing for Certification at the Stone Trust Center

The Stone Trust Center in Dummerston, VT hosted its first workshop of the season on a beautiful spring day. Five participants from across New England arrived for a practice test in preparation for a Dry Stone Walling Association Level 1 or Level 2 certification test. A Test Prep workshop early in the season allows time…

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Thank you for coming! 2-Day Intro, Dummerston, 9/24 & 25

You brought a variety of experience and motivations to September’s  Two-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling. Some came with no experience and excitement to learn. Some wanted to add professional guidance to your histories of rock stacking, wall building, flatwork, and steps. Others came with considerable related professional experience, from restoration masonry to frontcountry and…

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FALL TEST DAY, A QUIET CELEBRATION OF SKILL AND COMMITMENT

DSWA Certification Test Day, September 2021

DSWA Certification Test Day, September 2021 Fall approaches bringing its usual activities to each of us along with unexpected happenings. At the Stone Trust, Fall Test Day happens during the next to last week of September. This year fourteen wallers will challenge themselves to Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) certification—nine at Level 1, three at…

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Early childhood educators learn dry stone walling at their staff retreat

“Today, seven participants came together from Early Education Services with varying levels of background knowledge and worked together to take down and beautifully rebuild a section of wall at Scott Farm. The quality of the wall they put back together was a reflection of their excellent communication- throughout the workshop, I heard people debating different…

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