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Women's Dry Stone Walling Workshop

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Stonework by David Fielder

Intro to Dry Stone Walling Workshop

Stonework by Brian Post

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic The Stone Trust has revised our 2020 schedule of workshops

You can see the revised schedule of 2020 Stone Trust workshops here

We expect registration to open Saturday, April 4th.
Please contact us at [email protected] 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

    2020 Revised Schedule as of April 1st 2020
    Revised 2020 Course Schedule
    Posted April 1, 2020
    Lend me the stone strength of the past and I will lend you The wings of the future... --Robinson Jeffers, To the Rock That Will Be a Cornerstone Dear Members and Friends of The Stone Trust, We are pleased to share with you our revised schedule of courses. Using the best information we can get [...]
    Participant Submissions–Luke Driver
    Posted March 27, 2020

    Luke Driver, workshop/test participant signed up for later this year, sent a photo of his current project, writing, “Last leg of 356” of new wall. 65 yards of hand picked stone through my hands!” He adds, “I apprenticed under a Portuguese master. The flat stone around Narragansett Bay is similar to his native land.” Luke […]

    Meet Michael Murphy, Board Member
    Posted March 27, 2020
    Many thanks to fellow board member Paul Peterson for researching and writing this profile of Michael. Michael has been on the board of the Stone Trust since 2016 and has earned Level III and instructor certifications from the Dry Stone Walling Association of  of Great Britain (DSWA-GB). Michael began working in stone on a casual [...]
    Our Constituents Respond to the COVID-19 Disruption with Generosity, Realism, and Patience
    Posted March 27, 2020

    Dear Supporters of The Stone Trust, I wanted to share with you some of the responses we have received since announcing the postponement of our 2020 Course Schedule. They reflect generosity, realism, patience, and appreciation of the quality of programming and experience that the founders, board members, and staff have developed since our founding a […]

    Jumping the Level 2 Hurdle: Reprise #4–Building Up: Visual Sizing, Cutting and Shaping, Tracing
    Posted March 27, 2020
    by Michael Murphy In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice there is. --  Jan van de Snepscheut BUILDING UP: VISUAL SIZING, CUTTING AND SHAPING, TRACING Going up often requires a 3-on-1 scenario. This is due to both length and material availability.  The 3-on-1 is fine. For purposes of this [...]
    Seven Newly Certified Wallers Complete Contractors 5-Day Intensive @ Stoneyard
    Posted March 26, 2020
    Seven participants of the eight participants registered for the spring 5-Day Contractors Intensive arrived at Stoneyard in Littleton by March 16, just as public health officials began to make clear the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic. One person, coming from Arkansas, decided with the better part of wisdom to postpone participation, concerned that an eventual [...]
    2020 Season Opens with Contractors 1-day at Stoneyard
    Posted March 26, 2020

    Held indoors at Stoneyard in Littleton, MA, ten contractors enjoyed a day of hands-on learning, connecting with other contractors and a feeling of accomplishment by building their own section of dry stone wall.

    March Waller of the Month: Dario Coletta
    Posted March 25, 2020

    DARIO COLETTA (Massachusetts) has spent the last 10 years or so designing and building in dry stone in the western part of the state. He holds Level II DSWA-GB Certification. Dario writes: “The Stone Trust has really been the key for my continuing improvement and dedication to the fine art of stonework. Every visit to the Trust, whether taking a workshop, testing, instructing, or volunteering, inspires me to improve my craft.”

    Masterclass: Theory of Corbelling
    Posted March 25, 2020

    Not sure this should really be called a masterclass seeing as how I’ve never really carried out structural corbelling. Mind you I don’t suppose it’s ever stopped me spouting on authoritatively before, so why stop now? I have of course used the principle of cantilevering, have some experience of in effect corbelling the bottom and top of the vase whose construction was shown in “Stonechat 16”, and have a smattering of an understanding of mathematics and structural physics so here goes nothing…
    and by the way having a pack of playing cards handy might prove useful.

    Postponing Workshops and Events through May
    Posted March 20, 2020

    Dear Supporters of The Stone Trust, Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Stone Trust is postponing all workshops and events at least through the end of May. We will reschedule as much as possible from June or July through the end of the year, prioritizing 1) workshops for which there is a high level of […]

Upcoming Events

  • 1.11 Women's Introductory Indoor Workshop 10/18/2020 Dummerston VT
    October 18, 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…