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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

    How to split a boulder!
    Posted May 23, 2019

    Have you ever wondered how you work with boulders when building a stone wall? Watch this great video to see how you can split a boulder using feathers and wedges.


    Australian Walling
    Posted May 17, 2019
    Bryce Holingsworth sent us these photos and captions from his experience working with some wallers in Australia this past winter, (Australian Summer!).  Looks like he had a fantastic time! Four Images of the Sunken Shack project I did with Josh Bowes over the course of three days out in the bush in Victoria, using only [...]
    What is a Historic Rebuild Workshop?
    Posted May 17, 2019

    We have two great 2.10 Historic Wall Rebuild Workshops coming up in June.  But what is a Historic Rebuild Workshop like, and how is it different from other workshops? Read this post to find out!


    Waller of the Month: Bryce Hollingsworth
    Posted May 9, 2019

    BRYCE HOLLINGSWORTH (Massachusetts) focuses his energy on the construction of dry stone projects primarily for residential clients in Western Massachusetts, but travels anywhere for the right job.


    Walling Day & Retaining Wall! (May 4 & 5, 2019)
    Posted May 6, 2019

    Several experienced wallers got to have a great time working with Master Craftsmen Dan Snow and Jared Flynn building this new permanent wall at The Scott Farm.  The wall was built as a hybrid of vertical stack and herringbone techniques.  Provided that there is good end wall end support this style of construction is very strong and fast to build.  And it was a new experience for the participants. 


    Spring Certification Test Day! (May 3, 2019)
    Posted May 6, 2019

    May 3rd 2019 brought another DSWA-GB Certification Test day to the Stone Trust.  With 10 initial level tests, 4 intermediate level tests, and 1 advanced part A test to mark, it was a busy day for examiners Chris Tanguay, Michael Weitzner.  The initial level candidates all passed, and many showed excellent quality, greatly improving the wall that was there previously.


    A wonderful weekend with Intro to Walling and Cheek Ends (May 4 & 5, 2019)
    Posted May 6, 2019
    24 workshop participants took down and reassembled nearly 80 linial feet of dry stone wall.  Learning the principles of how to build correctly so the walls will stand the test of time.  From foundations, to setting the top cope stones on everyone did a fantastic job and learned a lot.  The instructors for the workshop [...]
    Great fun learning Steps & Stairs! (April 27, 2019)
    Posted April 30, 2019

    Eight participants enjoyed lots of one-on-one time with three experienced instructors!


    Enthusiasm reigns at the Women’s Intro Workshop! (April 13, 2019)
    Posted April 15, 2019

    12 enthusiastic women had a great time coming together to learn the basics of dry stone walling.


    16 participants enjoy a great Introduction to Dry Stone Walling! (April 14, 2019)
    Posted April 15, 2019

    A fun day learning the basics of dry stone walling at The Stone Trust Center in Dummerston, VT!


Upcoming Events


  • 1.10 Introductory Workshop 1-day Mont Vernon (8/10/19)
    August 10, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1.10 Intro (1-Day) workshop

This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, contractor, hobbyist, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall…
Participants will be lead through setting foundation stones, building and hearting, setting throughstones, and copes!


  • 1.10 Introductory Workshop 1-day Mont Vernon (9/14/19)
    September 14, 2019
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1.10 Intro (1-Day) workshop

This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, contractor, hobbyist, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall…
Participants will be lead through setting foundation stones, building and hearting, setting throughstones, and copes!


  • 2.20 Retaining wall workshop 9/15/19
    September 15, 2019
    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.


  • Fall Certification Test: Friday, 9/20/2019, Dummerston
    September 20, 2019
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
    - 1 Day attendance

Testing Levels Initial, Intermediate and Advanced (Part B). Friday, May 3, 2019. NOTE: You must hold the previous level certification to sign up for any test above level 1. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, August 5th! NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.