Feature Build at Scott Farm

Arch Bridge Workshop

Arch by Torben Larsen

Women's Dry Stone Walling Workshop

Stone Steps by Michael Weitzner

Instructor Certification Course 2018

Stonework by TJ Mora

Stone Arch Bridge Tour, Southern NH

Small Stone Arch Workshop

Stonework by David Fielder

Intro to Dry Stone Walling Workshop

Stonework by Brian Post

Welcome to The Stone Trust website! To review our 2021 schedule of workshops, click here. Please scroll down to subscribe to our virtual newsletter. If you would like to receive a copy of our 2021 Annual Newsletter, join us as a member!

Feel free to visit the Stone Wall Park any time during daylight hours. You may also want to download a map of nearby dry stone features built by local wallers. Check out the Scott Farm, site of The Stone Trust Center.

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

    A Place to Practice Walling in an Urban Landscape: Roger Snell’s Community Garden Project
    Posted December 6, 2021
    Roger first contacted the Stone Trust in December 2021 seeking training on the West Coast. As an exiled New Englander, he was willing to travel to learn the art and craft of dry stone walling, but the pandemic interfered with his plans. He finally was able to learn the five basics of dry stone walling [...]
    Master Class: “Punta Nati: Saving Heritage” – (part 2)
    Posted December 6, 2021

    Master Class: “Punta Nati: Saving Heritage” part 2 … In Spring 2013 Stonechat 28 visited Menorca, Borut Juvanec took us around the corbelled structures on the island whilst I adapted Frederique Mahieu’s leaflet about the Espai paret seca – the dry stone wall space

    December Waller of the Month: Hilary Dees
    Posted December 6, 2021

    HILARY DEES (Colorado) started working with stone on trails in 2012 and has traveled and worked across New England and the West, specializing in utilizing rigging systems to quarry

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    Tool Guide: Choosing the Right Chisels
    Posted December 6, 2021
    Chisels are one of the most essential tool for any waller. To help undestand how to choose and decide on what chisels to use, we got the input of Brian Post - DSWA certified Master Craftsman and past Executive Director of The Stone Trust - for his insights based on his extensive knowledge by putting [...]
    The Stone Trust Gift Certificates – let them choose their perfect holiday gift!
    Posted November 22, 2021

    With November quickly coming to a close and it’s that time of year when we’re looking for meaningful gift ideas. Gift certificates are a great option for friends and loved ones as it does just that – gives them option of choosing their own perfect gift.

    Events & Items of Interest, November 22, 2021
    Posted November 20, 2021

    Events & Items of Interest, November 22, 2021

    5 Day Contractors Intensive Workshop Nashville, TN, November 8-12
    Posted November 20, 2021

    We brought the 2021 workshop season to a close here in Tennessee on a real high. This was the first year of workshops at the Nashville site as part the Stone Trust organization. It has been a remarkably successful partnership.

    Events & Items of Interest, November 12, 2021
    Posted November 10, 2021
    Morrison Point Dry Stone Wall Project: Update Last February we told you about this community-based heritage preservation project in Milford, Ontario. Greg Forbes, one of the volunteer project coordinators sent this update: We finished our season here on the Morrison Point Road with a BBQ last weekend, which was covered by a local paper. The [...]
    Great day! Great instructors! Intro Workshops, 11-05 & 11-06 2021 (VT)
    Posted November 10, 2021

    11-05 & 11-06 2021 1-Day Intro Workshop (VT)

    2-Day Intro to Walling: October 23 & 24, 2021 (TN)
    Posted November 10, 2021

    Fall has well and truly come to Tennessee. It’s colder, but that isn’t Vermont cold. It’s Tennessee cold. Which basically means long sleeves in the morning, T shirts by noon. I could do Summer all year round, but the world keeps on turning, so I’m not going to get my wish and the teaching season will draw to an inevitable close. This was the penultimate workshop of 2021 and I was joined by four participants from as far away as Beacon, NY and as close as Franklin, TN. 

Upcoming Events

  • 1.10 Introductory Workshop: (1-Day): April 22, 2022 (Dummerston VT)
    April 22, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, hobbyist, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall…

  • 2.20 Retaining Wall Workshop (1 Day, Outdoor): April 23, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    April 23, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

Participants will learn how to maximize strength for a retaining wall while following the basic rules. Foundations, drainage, perforated pipe, filter fabric, geo-textiles and more are all discussed or demonstrated. This workshop is intended to give you the information to make wise decisions on your own projects. It is well suited for both homeowners and contractors. PREREQUISITE:  any 1.00 level course, or 2.10, or 2.13

  • 3.20 Flagging/Patio Workshop: (1-Day), April 23, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    April 23, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1 day workshop attendance

Have a patio or walk way to build? This is the workshop for you!

Learn the fundamentals of patio construction in a fun, energetic, hands-on environment. While not strictly dry stone walling, flat-work is a common part of many projects. Doing a good job starts with a good foundation, and finishes with an attractive pattern of stone. This workshop will teach you how to do flat-work that stays flat and attractive for decades.

  • 3.10 Dry Stone Steps & Stairs Workshop (1-Day): April 24, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    April 24, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

This workshop is all about building dry stone steps. You will learn tips and techniques to build several types of stone steps. Layout, design, stone shaping, tool use, and methods for handling large stones will all be part of this workshop.

  • 3.40 Stringlines & Batter Frames Workshop (1 Day, Outdoor): April 24, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    April 24, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Proper set up and use of batter frames and string lines is a real challenge for many wallers. We continually hear from examiners that poor use of string lines is one of the biggest reasons that wallers fail certification tests. You will learn multiple ways to build frames and use string lines to improve the efficiency of your building process and quality of the walls you build. PREREQUISITE: This workshop is intended for wallers who have taken one or more prior workshops, are level 1 or higher certified, or have experience building stone walls.

  • 4.70/5.20 Curved wall & Cheek End Feature Build: April 25-29, 2022 (Dutton Farm Walls)
    April 25, 2022 - April 29, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 9am to 5pm each day.

Learn and build curves, cheek ends, and retaining walls! Come and join us for completing the Dutton Farm wall of which 900ft has been rebuilt over the past 10 years through Stone Trust Workshops.  This will be run as a combined 5.20 Feature build course for those with less experience (just 1 prior workshop needed), and a 4.70 Walling Day for those who are already Level II or higher DSWA-GB Certified.

  • 2.13 Contractors Intro (1-Day): April 30, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    April 30, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc.