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Arch by Torben Larsen

Women's Dry Stone Walling Workshop

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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

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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, January 20
    Posted January 20, 2021
    The Yorkshire Dales: From Herriot to Home Stone Trust Professional Member Andrew Pighills shares information about a popular event that he offers in February. Find information and register here. Nature Revisited: The Podcast Long time gardner and producer of Nature Revisited Stefan von Norden was in touch last week to let us know about his [...]
    2021 workshops now open for registration!
    Posted January 20, 2021
    Inquiries come in from near and far, as far afield as Seattle and Kansas. The question: Are we planning to run workshops in 2021? Be assured that we are! From July through October 2020, The Stone Trust successfully and safely ran workshops in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Minnesota. Our strategy: enroll at half capacity to [...]
    Brian Post's Rockingham Project
    January Waller of the Month: Brian Post
    Posted January 7, 2021

    BRIAN POST (Vermont) started building walls at age 10. Brian achieved his DSWA-GB Master Craftsman certification in 2016, 11 years after he took his initial level walling test. In that time Brian also became a licensed landscape architect and started his own firm, Standing Stone LLC. Over the past decade he has served many roles while helping to grow The Stone Trust, including President, Executive Director, and now as Director of Education and Training. He remains committed to sharing dry stone walling expertise and is always learning more himself.


    Using a Tracer Chisel To Split Stone
    Posted December 30, 2020

    Brian Post shares tips and techniques for using a Trow and Holden tracer chisel on several types of stones.  Learn some do’s and dont’s when using a tracing chisel to split stones for dry stone walling applications. The 1.5″ Trow and Holden Hand Tracer (Tracing Chisel) was used throughout this video along with the Trow and Holden Hand Hammer.


    2020 Annual Review Cover
    A Look Back at 2020 and Onward into 2021
    Posted December 17, 2020
    Dear friends of The Stone Trust, Those of us who work regularly on Stone Trust projects count ourselves among the fortunate in this year of loss and suffering for individuals and communities across the nation and the globe. We hope you, too, find yourselves among those who remain healthy and secure. We feel inexpressible sorrow [...]
    Meet Pete Ryder, Board Member
    Posted December 16, 2020
    Pete joined the board of The Stone Trust (TST) in 2017. He took on the role of board president in 2018 and has guided the growth and development of TST for the last three years. Pete is certified by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB) as a Level 2 waller. Currently he [...]
    Master Class: Cloddiau
    Posted December 14, 2020

    One of the major misconceptions people hold about clawdd construction is that it is particularly difficult to course the stone. Compared to coursing a dry stone wall it is really easy.


    December Waller of the Month: Brian Fairfield
    Posted December 14, 2020

    BRIAN FAIRFIELD (Maine) says “I’ve been working with stone for the better part of two decades now, and the one thing that I keep learning about myself is that there’s lots of learning to do. I almost always work alone, but when I do get the opportunity to work with more highly skilled individuals, I’ll gladly make the trek to soak up knowledge.


    In Need of a Last Minute Gift?
    Posted December 14, 2020
    In the Stone Trust store we’ve added gift bundles for all types of wallers, from the walling-curious to the waller looking to jump ahead. In addition, you’ll also find our usual stock of tools, curated for their effectiveness and longevity, as well as a library of knowledge to help you on your way. Our 2021 [...]
    Fine Homebuilding Article Cover
    Read it again! “Walls That Stay Built” by Brian Post
    Posted December 3, 2020
    Kernels of Wisdom from This Primer on Building an Enduring Dry Stone Wall If you learn to properly lay dry stone, you can build walls that out-last your great-grandchildren. Mortar hurts more than it helps. Base the design on the site and the stone. As you start out, aim to build 5 sq. ft. to [...]

Upcoming Events


  • 2.13 Contractors Intro - April 17, 2021
    April 17, 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.


  • 2.50 Intro to Stone Shaping (4-17-2021)
    April 17, 2021
    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).


  • 3.20 Flagging Workshop (4/17/2021)
    April 17, 2021
    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.


  • 3.20 Flagging Workshop (4/18/2021)
    April 18, 2021
    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.


  • 2.20 Retaining wall workshop (4-18-2021)
    April 18, 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


  • 3.10 Steps & Stairs Workshop (4-18-2021)
    April 18, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

This workshop is all about building dry stone steps. You will learn tips and techniques to build several types of stone steps. Layout, design, stone shaping, tool use, and methods for handling large stones will all be part of this workshop.


  • 2.20 Retaining wall workshop (4-19-2021)
    April 19, 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