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

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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

    No Man’s Land: A Living Sculpture
    Posted March 5, 2021

    Artist Hugh Pocock contacted us as part of his research into materials apt for fencing about an acre of land, No Man’s Land, fencing to last more than one hundred years. We shared thoughts about the value of stone fences in terms of aesthetics, durability, habitat creation, and low-carbon footprint. We noted that many First […]

    Tools and Books Our Women Professional Dry Stone Wallers Recommend
    Posted March 5, 2021

    Kim Coggin tells us: If you are just getting started in the craft, there are a range of basics tools that you will need. First, I highly recommend a book what we wallers call “the Bible”.  It’s Dry Stone Walling: A Practical Handbook by Alan Brooks & Sean Adcock. Outstanding source of information for DIY, wallers, […]

    American Stone Craft: Aside from a wall, what else can you create from harvested stones?
    Posted March 5, 2021

    Gerald, from American Stonecraft, got in touch with this message: We are using the same rocks so I think the audience would love learning about us. Indeed, while friends of The Stone Trust harvest stones to build walls, American Stonecraft partners with farmers to harvest stones to turn into functional artifacts in the household landscape. […]

    Luke Bonang, March 2021 Waller of the Month
    March Waller of the Month: Luke Bonang
    Posted March 5, 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.

    Historical Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic and 1918 Influenza Pandemic
    Posted March 5, 2021

    Because so many of our friends take a long-run view of life on Earth, we thought you might like to peruse this article from the American Journal of Public Health: Historical Perspectives on the COVID-19 Pandemic and 1918 Influenza Pandemic.

    1.11 Women's Intro Workshop
    2021 Workshops for Self-Identifying Women
    Posted March 5, 2021
    Women represent slightly more than one-quarter of all the people who have participated in Stone Trust workshops since 2014, so clearly co-educational instruction works well. But especially in the trades, traditionally male-dominated fields, many women enjoy the comfort of learning from women in a female environment. So we offer women's workshops! Our 2021 schedule includes [...]
    The Stone Trust Entry-Level Professional Pathway Scholarship
    Posted March 4, 2021
    What is the change The Stone Trust wants to see in the world? We want people in communities across the continent to be able to preserve the stone work that exists as part of their cultural heritage. We also want them to build durable, energy-efficient stone work into their contemporary landscapes. And we want people [...]
    Dry Stone Wall Art: Beginning to Understand Dry Stone Walls in the Landscape
    Posted February 19, 2021
    Join instructor, professional member, and Stone Trust board president Dan Peterson for his presentation on Designing for Dry Stone Walling in the Landscape during the Ecological Landscape Alliance's Conference & Eco-Marketplace on March 4th. Learn more about the day's events and Dan's presentation.
    The Land, TN Workshop Site
    2021 Workshops in Nashville, TN: Learn the basics at one of four 2-Day Intros
    Posted February 19, 2021
    You may know that we have added a Stone Trust workshop site in Nashville, TN. Certified Stone Trust instructor Martin Beevers leads four workshops spaced across the season at The Land in the Kingston Springs area of Nashville. Together we intend this site to continue to develop capacity over the next several years to offer [...]
    David's Ultimate Stone Talk Title Image
    David’s Ultimate Stone Talk on YouTube
    Posted February 18, 2021

    David F. Wilson came to our attention through Joe Dinwiddie, the most recent guest on his You Tube channel. There, David writes, “… the craft & trade have long noble traditions the time when they were ubiquitous has passed, the skills and knowledge are under threat like at no other time in human History. This […]

Upcoming Events

  • 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

  • 3.10 Steps & Stairs Workshop (4-19-2021)
    April 19, 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.

  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor) - May 1 & 2 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    May 1, 2021 - May 2, 2021
    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.

  • 3-Day Workshop: Feature Build (May 14 -16-2021)
    May 14, 2021 - May 16, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Looking for more information and hands on experience building arches, stiles, corners and more?  This workshop is for you!  Our most advanced workshop for 2020. Participants will be guided through the building of several features that are relatively common in modern landscaping, and are also part of the DSWA-GB Master Craftsman Test. As part of this workshop we will be building several arches, a corner and a squeeze stile.