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 these uncertain times, The Stone Trust is working to accommodate people’s desire to learn how to build with dry stone.
Click here to view our updated 2020 schedule of workshops below, published June 22.

We are repeating the popular July sequence of workshops in October. If you can’t come in July, we hope to see you then!

For information about travel eligibility, click here: https://thestonetrust.org/july-workshops-and-covid-19/

Please contact us at info@thestonetrust.org 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

    Events and Items of Interest, August 7
    Posted August 7, 2020
    A Building Conservation Resource In her capacity as board member, Judy Rand brought an article entitled, "Dry Stone Walling in the 21st Century," written by Richard Love, Chairman of the DSWA-GB Craft Skills Group. We thought you might be interested to read about the craft as Love depicts its origins and development, as well as [...]
    Participant Submission from Benjamin Sandri
    Posted August 7, 2020
    Above is a practice arch/gate built by Ben. The hole is about four feet in diameter. "I had already built stone walls for 18 years when I took a one-day introductory course with The Stone Trust. That course completely changed how I build walls--they are stronger, look better, and go up way faster. Two years [...]
    2-Day Intro and Cheek Ends: Aug. 1 & 2, 2020
    Posted August 7, 2020
    Participants in last weekend's workshops came with a range of motivations and brought a diversity of experience. Joe, Ken,  Andrea, and Steve all came to the 2-Day Intro as beginning wallers seeking formal instruction. Some of them brought a degree of experience gleaned from projects at home. One learned from a father-in-law who had built [...]
    After an Intro consider a Cheek Ends workshop
    Posted July 31, 2020
    After whetting their appetites for building with stone, people also wonder what comes next. As wallers say, every wall comes to an end, a cheek end! Why not apply what you've learned in an intro workshop while learning to build a wall end? For other options, why not peruse our Curriculum in Dry Stone? Anyone [...]
    Newly Scheduled 2-Day Intro, Aug and Sept
    Posted July 31, 2020
    We've gotten a number of requests to join this weekend's 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling and Cheek End Rebuild workshops in Mont Vernon, NH. Unfortunately, space did not open for people on our wait list. It's frustrating for everyone as we operate at half capacity to meet the exigencies of social distance. Fortunately, Pete [...]
    Test Day In Action
    Last Call! Fall Certification Tests
    Posted July 31, 2020
    Last Calls for Certification Tests! This year's Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB) certification tests take place on September 17 and September 18. Registration closes on AUGUST 7 to allow lead time for us to submit a test application for each tester to the DSWA-GB. Build better and faster. Test your knowledge and [...]
    Meet Judy Rand, Board Member: Facebook
    Posted July 31, 2020

    Many thanks to fellow board member Paul Peterson for interviewing Judy and writing this profile. Judy joined the board of The Stone Trust in January 2017 and currently serves as secretary. She became an avid enthusiast of dry stone walling after taking a two-day introductory workshop in May 2014. Over the next few years, Judy […]

    Last Call! Women’s Intro to Dry Stone Walling, August 15
    Posted July 30, 2020
    Last Call! Our August 15 Women's Introduction to Dry Stone Walling will be taught by Kim Coggin and Judy Rand. A few spots left! Registration closes this Saturday, August 1. Sign up now!
    Participant Submission from Paul Russell
    Posted July 30, 2020
    Participant Submission from Paul Russell Thanks to Paul for permission to share this photo titled, "My First Wall Ever." Last September I attended your workshop in New Hampshire on Dry Walling hosted by Pete Ryder. I wanted to learn what to do with the stones that I had accumulated during my landscape renovation of my [...]
    Newly Scheduled 2-Day Intro and Cheek Ends Workshops
    Posted July 29, 2020
    We've gotten a number of requests to join this weekend's 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling and Cheek End Rebuild workshops in Mont Vernon, NH. Unfortunately, space did not open for people on our wait list. It's frustrating for everyone as we operate at half capacity to meet the exigencies of social distance. Fortunately, Pete [...]

Upcoming Events

  • Fall Certification Test: Thursday, (9/17/2020) Dummerston
    September 17, 2020
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
    - 1 Day attendance

Testing Levels Initial, Intermediate and Advanced (Part B). Thursday, September 17, 2020. NOTE: You must hold the previous level certification to sign up for any test above level 1. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE is August 7th! NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor) - Sept. 19 & 20, 2020 (Dummerston, VT)
    September 19, 2020 - September 20, 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.

  • 2.13 Contractors Intro - Oct 16, 2020
    October 16, 2020
    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.

  • 2.50 Intro to Stone Shaping (Oct 16, 2020)
    October 16, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-Day workshop

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. PREREQUISITE: Open to those who have taken at least one Level 1 workshop
(or are experienced wallers).

  • 1.11 Women's Introductory Indoor Workshop 10/17/2020 Dummerston VT
    October 17, 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.