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

    Events & Items of Interest, September 17, 2021
    Posted September 16, 2021
    On September 8, Board President Dan Peterson presented a webinar, Designing for Dry Stone Walling in the Landscape, to the Ecological Landscape Association. Fifty people tuned in and over 100 signed up to view after the broadcast. You can view Dan's presentation, Focus on Sustainability, on YouTube. Of specialist interest: habitat creation, microclimates, and water [...]
    Everyone Feels Ready! Test Prep Workshop: Sept. 11, 2021 (VT)
    Posted September 16, 2021
    Four people came to Saturday's Test Prep workshop, taught by Jamie Masefield,  to be sure they are ready to pass the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain Level 1 Initial Waller certification test, coming up next week. This group includes those who engaged in their first walling workshop in 2021 and have been "bitten by [...]
    Splitting, dressing, bending and more…
    Posted September 16, 2021
    “Stones are strong in compression, but weak in tension,” writes Brian Post, DSWA Master Craftsman, in this very informative article on stone shaping which appeared in the Dec/Jan issue of Mother Earth News magazine. In the Basic Techniques for Shaping Stone article, Brian starts by explaining the difference between level bedded and irregular stone. He [...]
    Beautiful Days for the Intro Workshops! September 11 & 12, 2021 (VT)
    Posted September 13, 2021
    "Best darn workshop--beautiful and learned a ton!" Two beautiful late summer days brought two happy groups of people to the Stone Trust Center in Dummerston, Vermont to learn the five basic rules of dry stone walling. Given the weather and the prevalence of the Delta Variant, we chose to teach outside on the social-distance walls [...]
    Test Prep Workshop: August 21, 2021 (VT)
    Posted August 27, 2021
    A couple of noteworthy items in the August 21 Test Prep workshop. It's the first time we've included a Level 3B Advanced Waller speed test. Thanks to Ben for suggesting it! It is also rare that we run a workshop for such a small group. But given that you are prepping for the test, we [...]
    Intro to Walling: August 21 & 22, 2021 (VT)
    Posted August 24, 2021
    For the first time since March 2020, we were able to host a workshop in the Stone Trust's Indoor Training Center. On Saturday, that kept all sixteen participants out of the hot sun. The foundation of the 1862 barn tends to be ten degrees cooler than outdoors. Nevertheless, one person reported being "Hot! Very hot!" [...]
    Master Class: Fat Tony and the Art of Coursing, Part 3
    Posted August 11, 2021

    Almost 3 years since part 2… For those with a good memory I promised that this time I would ‘look a little more at building on ‘FTs [Fat Tonies], revisit the problem of one on three, and look to close the gap…


    Work by Joe Norton
    August Waller of the Month: Joe Norton
    Posted August 11, 2021

    JOE NORTON (Maine) has spent the last 10 years or so designing and building in dry stone in the western part of the state.


    Events & Items of Interest, August 11
    Posted August 11, 2021
    The Scott Farm and Landmark Trust USA Lots of news from the hosts of our Vermont site! Farm Market ready to open on Saturday, August 14th. We have expanded the retail space and are now licensed to sell alcohol, and therefore feature ciders and other beverages made with Scott Farm fruit. The Orchard--Early season apples [...]
    Call for Nominations to Stone Trust Board of Directors
    Posted August 11, 2021

    We welcome your nominations to the Stone Trust Board of Directors. Our board includes up to thirteen members. At present, we have eleven members working to set direction and provide oversight to our nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization. These eleven members each engage in one or more of the following committees: Executive Committee Finance Committee Governance […]


Upcoming Events


  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (2-Day, Outdoor) - October 9 & 10, 2021 (Minneapolis, MN)
    October 9, 2021 - October 10, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 2-day workshop attendance

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 Workshop (10-9-2021) South Fork, PA
    October 10, 2021
    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 (10-16-2021) South Fork, PA
    October 16, 2021
    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…


  • 2.13 Contractors Intro - October 21, 2021
    October 21, 2021
    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.


  • 2.20 Retaining wall workshop (10-22-2021) Mont Vernon, NH
    October 22, 2021
    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


  • 2.41 Women's Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor) - October 22 & 23 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    October 22, 2021 - October 23, 2021
    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.