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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

    “Walling for professionals” presentation in Farmington CT
    Posted February 14, 2018
    Feb. 28th 4-6pm.  Attendance cost is $100. Held at the Dunning Stone and Supply showroom, 163 Brickyard Rd.  Farmington, CT 06032 To Register for this presentation Call Dunning Stone at (860) 470-7023 In addition to the two day walling workshop being taught at Dunning Stone, Brian Post will be giving a presentation on building dry [...]
    Winter Walling Workshop at Dunning Stone in CT 2/28 & 3/1, 2018
    Posted February 14, 2018

    The workshop is intended for landscape and masonry contractors. It will be a two day workshop in Dunning Stone’s awesome heated indoor workshop space. The workshop will focus on the proper structural techniques for walling with several materials that are available from Dunning stone. This includes PA field stone, round ‘River Jacks’ and the local granite ledge. The workshop will focus on teaching the structural principals that allow stone walls to last, techniques to improve speed and efficiency, and on carefully following guidelines to achieve an even finish.


    Gilsum Stone Arch Bridge
    Posted February 13, 2018

    Southwestern NH is home to remarkable dry stone bridges many of which are still in use. Most of these were constructed in the later half of the 1800’s. The Stone Trust Bridge Tour will introduce you to several of them. As a taster, check out the Gilsum Stone Arch Bridge. 155 years after construction, it is still carrying everyday traffic. We will share the history of these bridges as well as examine the design and materials used as we navigate the byways of rural NH. Tour space is limited.


    Waller of the Month: Philip O’Donnell
    Posted February 5, 2018

    PHILIP O’DONNELL (New Hampshire), featured in The Stone Trust’s 2018 Calendar, is the founder and owner of New England Land Artisan, a landscape construction company established 22 years ago. Philip is relatively new to The Stone Trust and gained his Initial Certification this year and is working on the next level. Philip embraces the design process and is driven by optimism and constant inspiration. The result is thoughtful and expressive outdoor spaces and objects that have purpose. http://www.nelandartisan.com


    Winter Walling Workshop Feb 28 & March 1, 2018
    Posted February 1, 2018
    We have just confirmed a two-day walling workshop at Dunning Stone and Supply in Farmington, CT.  The workshop will take place Feb 28 & March 1, 2018.  This will be a contractor focused workshop and will take place in Dunning Stone's amazing heated indoor workshop! We will be using a mix of stones including Round [...]
    Small Arches Everywhere!
    Posted January 29, 2018
    Written by Pete Ryder St. Lawrence Market in Toronto has been a bustling site of commerce since the early 1800’s. In 1851 the market was expanded. That is probably the timeframe of the pictured sewer system. The lakeshore is about 1500 feet today. While the shoreline was likely closer in 1850, the outflow tunnel is [...]
    Support The Stone Trust with your Amazon Purchases
    Posted January 23, 2018

    The Stone Trust has is now Registered with the Amazon Smiles Program. By clicking the image above or link below you can have a small portion of your purchase value get donated to the The Stone Trust at no cost to you. It is a great way to support The Stone Trust all year long!

    https://smile.amazon.com/ch/35-2382005

    Just be sure to always shop from the address https://smile.amazon.com. If you revert to just amazon.com we will will no longer get your support.


    Check out the Carving Studio & Sculpture Center
    Posted January 22, 2018
    Here at The Stone Trust we have a passion for stone walls, but also generally for many types of stone work, stone craft, and stone art.  We have been in touch with the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center in West Rutland Vermont, and we think they are a fantastic organization and are well worth checking [...]
    Waller of the Month: Dan Snow
    Posted January 7, 2018

    DAN SNOW (Vermont), featured in The Stone Trust’s 2018 Calendar, is an art maker specializing in dry stone constructions. He has been building with stone since 1972 when he helped restore a 13th century castle in Italy. In 1986 he was an apprentice dyker in Scotland. Snow achieved DSWA-GB Mastercraftsman in 2000. Dan’s dry stone constructions include fences, pillars, staircases, bridges, follies, grottos, and environmental sculpture. In 2001 Snow authored “In the Company of Stone.” His second book “Listening to Stone”, came…


    Where do I Start?
    Posted January 5, 2018

    Learn about the different workshops offered and see example paths for success in dry stone walling, for people with different levels of experience. Great information if your not sure where to start.


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.


  • Batter Frames Workshop 4/28/18
    April 28, 2018
    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.


  • 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.