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

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic The Stone Trust has revised our 2020 schedule of workshops

You can see the revised schedule of 2020 Stone Trust workshops here

Registration is open. July workshops are filling up.
Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions or comments.

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

    TST’s Professional Women Wallers
    Posted June 5, 2020
    In 2020, The Stone Trust boasts seventy-eight professional members, six of whom are women. To join us as a professional member, you must achieve Level 1 certification from the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. Our female professional wallers include two women certified at Level 1 and four certified at Level 2. (Keep your [...]
    Exploring an Old Granite Quarry
    Posted June 4, 2020
    Laurie Sullivan came to a dry stone walling workshop a few years back and while there showed us pictures of the old quarry on her property.   It took a few years but we finally got to take a look.  It is a great example of a small stone quarry.  Hundreds if not thousands of these [...]
    Are you ready for a walling competition?
    Posted June 4, 2020

    As part of 11th anniversary celebration in May 2021 we are considering hosting the 1st ever walling competition at The Stone Trust.  Take a this quick survey and let us know what you think! Wall competitions have a wonderful history going back decades if not centuries.  What to know who the best waller is?  Than attend a walling competition!  Its a bit similar to certification test, but a whole lot more fun!  Each participant builds a section of wall in a set amount of time, with more advanced participants building longer sections.   There are usually several classes to keep the competition fair for different experience levels.   There would be an entry fee along with awards and prizes!  It is also great fun be a spectator and see the wall get built.

    Events and Items of Interest, June 5
    Posted June 3, 2020

    COVID-19 Update Scott eliminates travel quarantine for some, opens indoor dining Vermont guidelines on cross-state travel indicate that people traveling from counties in New England and New York where the coronavirus infection rate equals less than 400 cases per million people may travel across state lines in their personal vehicles for leisure travel without quarantining. […]

    We plan to celebrate 11 years with you. Save the Dates!
    Posted June 3, 2020
    SAVE THE DATES May 11 – May 17, 2021 The Stone Trust 10th Anniversary Celebration events have been rescheduled. So, with confidence and eager anticipation, we plan to celebrate 11 years with you. All the same exciting events, just a year later! We anticipate opening registration in conjunction with September's Certification Test Day. Walling Events [...]
    Melanie Kessler
    Melanie Kessler, Dry Stone Waller
    Posted June 3, 2020
    "I am compelled by stone. I like its permanence; its athleticism—it challenges my strength. It makes me more mindful, or I crush my fingers. I’d love to be really good at using traditional tools, without heavy equipment." This spring, Melanie contacted us about becoming certified as a Dry Stone Waller. Had the pandemic not interfered, [...]
    Thank You to Our Corporate Members
    Posted May 29, 2020
    The Stone Trust's corporate members help us preserve and advance the art and craft of dry stone walling in various ways: Semya Stone has provided Green Mountain Granite for a bridge built in New Hampshire, as well as for cheek ends for walls in our Stone Wall Park. They reference The Stone Trust as an [...]
    Meet David Brown, Board Member
    Posted May 29, 2020

    Many thanks to fellow board member Paul Peterson for interviewing David and writing this profile. David joined the board of The Stone Trust (TST) in January 2020, having participated in a two-day introductory workshop offered by TST in 2019 at Tear Cap Workshops in Hiram, Maine.  David says he became adept at pinning large stones […]

    Events and Items of Interest, May 29
    Posted May 29, 2020

    Barter a Week in Central Brittany in Exchange for a Wall Rebuild Amanda Campbell, proprietor of Caurel Granges in Central Brittany, has a small wall which needs rebuilding (granite and slate).   She is thinking outside the box and writes, “I was wondering if any of your members/readers would be interested in a free week’s accommodation […]

    Participant Submission–Drew Calderwood
    Posted May 29, 2020

    Drew sent us this message with his photo: This is my first attempt at a double faced stone wall or any stone wall for that matter! Although not perfect, I’m happy with the outcome and wanted to say thank you for providing the resources (video/pdf) to learn. I’ll also be signing up for a beginner’s […]

Upcoming Events

  • 3.20 Flagging Workshop (7/19/2020)
    July 19, 2020
    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.

  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor) - Ag. 1 & 2, 2020 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    August 1, 2020 - August 2, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Whenever your building a wall, sooner or later it must come to an end. A cheek end is the typical way to end a wall. It is also called a wall end, wall head, or square end. Cheek ends are a particular challenge to build well and structurally are the most vulnerable part of a wall, so it is important to get it right.

  • 1.11 Women's Introductory Indoor Workshop 8-15-2020
    August 15, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

A chance to learn from the women in North America who are DSWA Certifed Instructors! This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, landscaper/gardener, artist, or hobbyist. Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq ft of wall (one side), using natural round fieldstone. You will learn all the basic rules of structural walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project.

  • 1.10 Introductory Indoor Workshop (8-16-2020)
    August 16, 2020
    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…