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Dry Stone Walling Workshop

Welcome to The Stone Trust

Established in southern Vermont in 2010, The Stone Trust’s mission is to preserve and advance the art and craft of dry stone walling. We do this through an expanding program of educational events and outreach projects. The Stone Trust is a multifaceted resource engaged in preserving the natural use of plentiful stone in simple, gratifying ways.

The Stone Trust Center is the only facility in North America that provides year round educational and DSWA certification opportunities for all levels and abilities. The Stone Trust is a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Organization. It relies on contributions from people like you to keep its programs going. Help us continue to preserve and advance the art and craft of Dry Stone Walling!

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From the Blog

    2018 Workshop & Event Schedule Coming Soon!
    Posted October 20, 2017
    We had a great 2017 season which just wrapped up in the beginning of October. Our 2018 schedule will  be posted and ready for sign-ups shortly. 2018 will be our biggest year ever with over 40 workshops and events. The Stone Arch, the Stone Arch Bridge and the Instructor Certification course will all be offered [...]
    Learning to build dry stone wall
    October Workshop Success
    Posted October 20, 2017
    We had a great workshop with Matt Carter and Brian Fairfield teaching. Fourteen participants Friday prepared the wall site and learned about stone shaping. Fifteen participants built 45 feet of wall on Saturday and Sunday including two cheek ends. Check out all the pictures below!  
    Waller Profile: Patrick McEneaney
    Posted September 25, 2017
    Patrick McEneaney shares his experience of success: starting and operating a new stone working business. Written by Stone Trust Board Member Nancy Shepherd Patrick McEneaney - Village Stonesmith Gardens & Masonry, Inc. After over 20 years of gathering work experience, Patrick decided he was ready to start his own business four years ago. “We hit [...]
    Check out the October Workshop Site
    Posted September 25, 2017
    See where our October 2017 workshops will be held in the video below.   These are our last workshops for 2017 so don't miss out! The Friday October 6th Site Prep workshop will teach you how to go from this old linear rock pile to a site that is ready to wall, with the stone sorted, [...]
    Waller of the Month: Kim and Jerry Coggin
    Posted September 18, 2017

    Kim and Jerry Coggin (Pennsylvania), own and operate Laurel Stoneworks which is located in the beautiful Laurel Highlands are of South central PA. Laurel Stoneworks specializes in the art and craft of dry aid stonework. Kim has been working with dry stone for over eight years. Both Kim and Jerry currently hold Level Two Certificates from the Dry Stone Walling Association…


    September 2 day workshop photos
    Posted September 18, 2017

    Check out photos from our September walling workshop!


    Flagging Workshop Success
    Posted September 18, 2017

    Check out photos from our September flagging workshop!


    Peter Isherwood – Dry Stone Presentation Sat. 9/9/17 at 7pm
    Posted August 30, 2017

    Peter Isherwood, from Lancashire England, will be coming to instruct and examine for the first time in Sept 9 – 11, 2017. He Is one of England top wallers and serves on the Craft Skills Committee of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain which governs the certification program. Your chance to learn from Peter is around the corner. Click here to register.

    On Saturday Sept 9th, at 7pm Peter will be giving a presentation about his work in event room (Apple Packing Barn) on Scott Farm. The presentation is open to the public and free (though a small donation to the stone trust is suggested). With lots of slides of Peter’s work from England and elsewhere this presentation is sure to leave you great ideas for your walling projects, and a desire to go visit England.


    Peter Isherwood – Dry Stone Presentation Sat. 9/9/17 at 7pm
    Posted August 24, 2017

    Peter Isherwood, from Lancashire England, will be coming to instruct and examine for the first time in Sept 9 – 11, 2017. He Is one of England top wallers and serves on the Craft Skills Committee of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain which governs the certification program. Your chance to learn from Peter is around the corner. Click here to register.

    On Saturday Sept 9th, at 7pm Peter will be giving a presentation about his work in event room (Apple Packing Barn) on Scott Farm. The presentation is open to the public and free (though a small donation to the stone trust is suggested). With lots of slides of Peter’s work from England and elsewhere this presentation is sure to leave you great ideas for your walling projects, and a desire to go visit England.


    Discounted Hotel Rate for September Workshops
    Posted August 24, 2017

    The Stone Trust has worked with the Latches Hotel to give Stone Trust participants a special rate while attending our events in September. Available for September 8-11 the Latches will give Stone Trust participants a rate of $115 per night (+tax). This is a 25% discount on the regular rate for September. The well appointed rooms have a single queen sized bed, though other options may be available.

    To book your room call (802) 254-6300. If you book online at http://www.latchishotel.com. When they book through the website, the discount rate will not show up, so they should mention they are with The Stone Trust when they check in, and we will apply the discount. If they book through a booking engine like Expedia or Booking.com, we cannot offer the discount at all, so please have them call or book direct.


Upcoming Events


  • Retaining wall workshop 4/28/18
    April 28, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

Here in the North East, many of the walls people are building are retaining walls. While all the principals of a free standing wall apply there are additional rules and methods to follow when building retaining walls. The focus needs to be on a sound structure that will last for generations. Local round field stone will be used for this wall. The rules and principals learned here can be applied to all retaining walls whether hand-built or those built with equipment.


  • Stone Shaping 4/29/18
    April 29, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop will spend the day learning about how to shape stones for use in dry stone walls. Participants will be introduced to a variety of stone types, and how to work with them. Both hand and power tools will be demonstrated and used. The stone shaping portion will focus on efficient practices, learning how to look at a stone and judge how to shape it, as well as proper use and care of tools.


  • Test Preparation Workshop (5/5/18)
    May 5, 2018
    7:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Test Preparation Workshop (5/6/18)
    May 6, 2018
    7:30 am - 3:30 pm

This workshop is intended for those planning to take a certification test. Learning tips and tricks to help you pass, while you practice build for your test.


  • Two Day Workshop: Feature Build (5/5 & 5/6/18)
    May 5, 2018 - May 6, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the artist, homeowner, landscaper, mason, or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls, or to improve your skills. We will be building a permanent wall on Scott Farm or in the Masters Park that will incorporate some artistic features. The design has yet to be finalized, but it will be fun! This workshop will follow the typical two-day format. It is suited to beginners and those with previous experience. The workshop will run 9:00am-5:00pm each day with a 1/2 hour lunch break. This workshop is open to everyone.


  • Slate Lettering & Relief Carving (5/5/18)
    May 5, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop

Learn to carve slate! In this workshop participants will learn techniques for carving slate, and then apply those techniques to create permanent signs for The Stone Trusts Master Feature park.


  • Monday, 5/7/18: Certification Test
    May 7, 2018
    7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Testing Levels Initial, Intermediate & Advanced. Monday, May 7, 2018. NOTE: You must hold the previous level certification to sign up for any test above level 1. Click here to return to test day information page. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS Monday, March 26th! NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.