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

Welcome to The Stone Trust website! To review our 2022 schedule of workshops, click here. Please scroll down to subscribe to our virtual newsletter. If you would like to receive a copy of Hearting: The Annual Journal of the Stone Trust (2021), join us as a member!

Feel free to visit the Stone Wall Park any time during daylight hours. You may also want to download a map of nearby dry stone features built by local wallers. Check out the Scott Farm, site of the Stone Trust Center.

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

    Two Members Sought for Stone Trust Board of Directors
    Posted August 6, 2022

    We welcome your nominations to the Stone Trust Board of Directors. Our board includes up to thirteen members. At present, twelve men and women help to set direction and provide oversight to our nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational organization. These twelve members each engage in one or more of the following committees: Executive Committee Finance Committee Governance […]

    Learn dry stone walling at Opus 40, Saugerties, NY
    Posted August 5, 2022

    Opus 40 is the creation of renowned artist, stone mason and Bard College professor Harvey Fite. In 2021, a stone mason team of Stone Trust professional members began the conservation planning and restoration work for Fite’s 6.5 acres of remarkable earthwork sculpture. You can read about the first phase at the Opus 40 Sculptural Rock Steady  Blog. […]

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    Latest Episodes from Nature Revisited: The Podcast
    Posted August 5, 2022

    Our friend Stefan van Norden discovers compelling stories about people connecting themselves and others to the natural world in which we live. Over the course of the past two years, he has interviewed a remarkable collection of luminaries across a range of human endeavor.

    Posted August 5, 2022

    HELP WANTED – Waller Positions Available , July 15, 2022- INSTRUCTORS IN DESIGN AND FABRICATION WITH STONE The Central Vermont Career Center working in conjunction with the Vermont Granite Museum,

    Stonework Symposium 2022
    Gathering of the Stone Tribe at the Stonework Symposium, October 18-22, Santa Fe
    Posted August 5, 2022

    You won’t want to miss the Stone Foundation’s 18th Stonework Symposium! Download the program guide here.

    Help build the retaining wall! Antrim Grange #98, NH, Historic Rehabilitation
    Posted August 5, 2022

    Antrim Grange #98- Volunteer opportunity

    Tool Guide: Stone Shaping
    Posted August 5, 2022

    “Stones are strong in compression, but weak in tension,” writes Brian Post, DSWA Master Craftsman, in this very informative article on stone shaping which appeared in the Dec/Jan issue of Mother Earth News magazine. In the Basic Techniques for Shaping Stone article, Brian starts by explaining the difference between level bedded and irregular stone.

    Master Class: Throughs
    Posted August 5, 2022

    A throughstone is, as its name suggests, a stone which completely traverses the width of a wall. Its function being to tie the two faces of the wall together and to distribute the weight of the wall above them more evenly to the wall below. In North Wales they are set flush with face of the wall. In other parts of the country they project through the face of the wall (usually from both faces, but occasionally from just one).

    August Waller of the Month: Joe Johonness
    Posted July 28, 2022

    JOE JOHONNESS (New York) — Joe has been building dry stone projects in the Sullivan County, NY area since 2017. He holds Level 1 Initial Certification from the DSWA-GB and looks forward to his next workshop with the Stone Trust.   creativeearthlandscape.com

    Scott Farm and Landmark Trust USA
    Posted July 14, 2022

     UPCOMING EVENTS! Crêpe Nights are back! July 13th with River Gallery School -August 10th with the Stone Trust – September 14th with CASP (Community Asylum Seekers Project)

Upcoming Events

  • 2.41 Women's Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor): October 21 & 22, 2022
    October 21, 2022 - October 22, 2022
    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.

  • 2.50 Intro to Stone Shaping Workshop (1-Day): October 21, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    1-Day workshop
    October 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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).

  • 2.20 Retaining Wall Workshop (1 Day, Outdoor): October 21, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    1-day workshop attendance
    October 21, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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

  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (2-Day, Outdoor) - October 22 & 23, 2022 (Nashville, TN)
    2-day workshop attendance
    October 22, 2022 - October 23, 2022
    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.

  • 3.20 Flagging/Patio Workshop: (1-Day), October 22, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    1 day workshop attendance
    October 22, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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.

  • 3.10 Dry Stone Steps & Stairs Workshop (1-Day): October 23, 2022 (Mont Vernon NH)
    1-day workshop attendance
    October 23, 2022
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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.