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, September 28
    Posted September 29, 2020

    October Workshops Two spots left in our last 2020 2-Day Intro to Dry Stone Walling/Cheek End Rebuild workshops, October 3 & 4, Isanti, MN Come learn to shape stone with Seth Harris, Brian Post, and TJ Mora, 10/16, Dummerston, VT. Four spaces left. Jared Flynn and Sam Brakeley teach the Contractors Intro, 10/16, Dummerston. We […]


    Ed Marrinan
    Meet Ed Marrinan, Board Member
    Posted September 29, 2020
    Many thanks to fellow board member Paul Peterson for interviewing Ed and writing this profile. Ed joined the board of The Stone Trust (TST) in January 2020. He has spent his entire professional career working in finance, but when he took an introductory course with TST in 2014, as he says, “I was bitten by [...]
    Polygonal Masonry
    Posted September 28, 2020

    Whilst polygonal walls are a feature of a number of Mediterranean countries, perhaps the most famous polygonal walls are the Inca walls of Peru, of Machu Picchu, Cuzco and llantaytambo. These walls take `tightness` to extremes, as can be seen from the cover photo of the famous ”12 sided stone of Hatunrumiyoc” in the wall of the Inka Roq`e`s palace in
    Cuzco.


    September Waller of the Month: Seth Bullock
    Posted September 28, 2020

    SETH BULLOCK (Maine) is passionate about the art and craft of dry stone walling and educating clients and others in the trade about the longevity and quality in which proper walling brings.


    Fall Test Days 2020–Everyone Passed!
    Posted September 24, 2020
    The Stone Trust usually hosts two test days for people challenging themselves to achieve higher levels of certification through the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. This year, for obvious reasons, we cancelled the spring test day.  Most of the people who signed up to test last spring followed up on their aspirations this [...]
    2-Day Intro and Cheek Ends: Sept. 19 & 20, 2020
    Posted September 22, 2020
    Our 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling often runs simultaneously with a 2-Day Cheek Rebuild workshop. Both happen in the same place on the same wall(s). People new to building a double-face, freestanding dry stone wall build the middle section. People who have already learned the basics sign up to learn how to complete the [...]
    Steps & Stairs Workshop: Sept. 12 & 13, 2020
    Posted September 14, 2020

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


    1-Day Intro Workshop: Sept. 12, 2020
    Posted September 14, 2020
    What brings people to an Introduction to Dry Stone Walling workshop? For some people it's a visit to Scott Farm's orchard to pick apples. They experience the Stone Wall Park and follow the intrigue. For others it's the purchase of a home with 200-year-old stone walls that they feel inspired to rebuild. Some people come [...]
    Test Prep Workshop: Sept. 12, 2020
    Posted September 14, 2020
    This season's last Test Prep workshop took place on Saturday, one of the first relatively cool and cloudy days, which made walling a joy. Heather, Owen, Jordan, and John came to be sure they are ready to pass their Level 1 certification test this coming Thursday or Friday. Michael arrived for a last practice before [...]
    Master Class: Arcane Walling – Globes and Vases/Urns
    Posted August 26, 2020
    The content below was copied with the generous permission of the author Sean Adcock.  This Master Class article originally appeared in the Autumn 2008 issue of Stonechat, produced by the North Wales Branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Brittan.  This entire issue of Stonechat, and many more, are available at http://www.dswales.org.uk/Stonechat.html   Thank [...]

Upcoming Events


  • 1.10 Introductory Indoor Workshop (10-18-2020)
    October 18, 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…


  • 2.20 Retaining wall workshop (10-18-2020)
    October 18, 2020
    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


  • 3.20 Flagging Workshop (10/18/2020)
    October 18, 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.


  • 1.11 Women's Introductory Workshop 10/19/2020 Dummerston VT
    October 19, 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 (11/7/2020) Dummerston VT
    November 7, 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…