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

    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 [...]
    August Waller of the Month: Mark Jurus
    Posted August 25, 2020

    MARK JURUS (Maryland) is dedicated to the craft of dry laid stone construction as is evident in his Blog, YouTube channel and training site for workshops and certification. Quality not quantity – one project at a time.

    Meet Jerry Coggin, Board Member
    Posted August 25, 2020
    Many thanks to fellow board member Paul Peterson for interviewing Jerry and writing this profile. Jerry joined the board of The Stone Trust (TST) in 2016 and currently serves as Treasurer. He has participated in the transition of TST from a small group of annual workshops to a broad curriculum of dry-stone walling courses that [...]
    Notice of RFP: Developing our IT and relaunching our website
    Posted August 24, 2020

    The Stone Trust staff has documented in a thorough analysis our current IT processes and future needs. Documentation includes site architecture, considerations for a content management system, and goals for the new system. We invite you to request the document and respond with a proposal. Please address inquiries to: Amy-Louise Pfeffer, Executive Director, amy-louise.pfeffer@thestonetrust.org.

    Events and Items of Interest, August 18
    Posted August 18, 2020
    Our friend Jim Wood sends this link to George Gunn's Facebook post on the Proper Dry Stone Walling public group. George posted photos of ancient dry stone work at Broch Gurness in the Orkney Islands of Scotland, only 38 miles from the Northstone Stonefest! Thanks to Jim for bringing the post to our attention and [...]
    Participant Submission from Melanie Kessler
    Posted August 17, 2020
    Participant Submission from Melanie Kessler Melanie writes, "When I arrived at this client's job, they showed me to a pallet of flat, crumbling stones. The first day was hard and I was desiring the chance to work with more varied rock.  After talking to them, they led me to a secret stash that they didn't [...]
    Test Prep Workshop: Aug. 16, 2020
    Posted August 17, 2020
    Four Level 1 and one Level 2 test prep participants did a great job practicing for their test and learning many new tips and tricks for improving their quality and speeding up their walling.  They need to be quick and efficient on test day in order to complete the tests in the requisite 7 hour [...]
    1-Day Intro Workshop: Aug. 16, 2020
    Posted August 17, 2020
    Three women and three men came to The Stone Trust Center to learn the basic tools needed to build a dry stone wall. Who are they and why did they decide to spend eight hours on a summer Sunday lifting and placing stone? Half arrived to learn how to rebuild the stone fences they inherited [...]
    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 [...]

Upcoming Events

  • 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…

  • 2.60 Contractors Intensive (5-day) 12-7-11-2020 Stoneyard
    December 7, 2020 - December 11, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 5-day workshop

This workshop includes 4 days of training and the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB) Level I (Initial) certification test on the final day. It is perfect for the landscape or masonry contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work, and gain DSWA-GB Certification. Equivalent to a combination of courses 1.20, 2.8, and 2.9 plus much more!

  • 1.10 Introductory Indoor Workshop 12/12/2020 (Stoneyard)
    December 12, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1.10 Introductory (1-Day) Workshop Attendance

This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the landscaper, mason, 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…