I wanted to drop you a line and tell you about some of the cool stuff that we have going on here at the Stone Trust. It’s Peter here, the President of the Board of The Stone Trust.
But before I go into straight up shameless plugging — I thought I might get a little heady with you. You can skip to the bottom if you feel like but you’ll miss all the big insights and aspirational gobbldy gook, so here goes…
A few weeks ago an ABC film crew came out to the Trust to add to a video article they are putting together for the television show, Chronicle (airs/streams tomorrow Feb 4 at 7:30 and will be posted on line the next day).
We took the opportunity to call some of the certified masons and include them in the production.
We figured it would be cool to see hands working, moving stones, clunking away in the background.
It was cool, and I wanted to share with you an awesome feeling I had.
Initially before we heard the word “A CTION!” we were as individuals standing around.
Suddenly and effortlessly we formed into a working machine! Though the word machine is not quite right.
We were working organically — pulling the wall down below the through stones; sorting material as we went, chattering about the holidays and what our upcoming year looked like; and then starting to rebuild. Six or seven trained folks just jumping right in and letting the stones tell the story— it was beautiful.
This is one of the most instructive parts of being a part of The Stone Trust. That when trained strangers get together, their combined strength is multiplied, not added. And it can happen fluidly.
I have been thinking a great deal about the power of our combined forces —many hands working and creating together creating beauty and function out of literally — rocks! An abundance of resources that are value less. I know that when we come together, great things happen.
This year, at the Stone Trust, we have launched a membership structure. We want to strengthen the bonds between us so we can work together with greater ease.
Last year, TJ Mora (Vice president of the Board) used the power of the Trust to rebuild a retaining wall for the State of Vermont. The project was in Rutland, Vermont and he had a team of eight certified wallers working together. Folks travelled from North Carolina and Pennsylvania to answer his call to come join in and lay some stone!
If you are a certified waller, I urge you to become a Professional Member this year — you will feel the power of our combined forces.
If you are a waller hobbyist and fan of stonewalls, I encourage you to join as a Basic Member so you too can join forces with us to multiply our efforts.
I recommend you checking out our event schedule for this year, because it is filling up faster than we thought. Reserving your spot today will ensure that you join us this year!
President of the Board of Directors
The Stone Trust