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

    Building Walling Skills, Training Capacity, and Community, Twin Cities, July 17 & 18, 2021
    Posted July 21, 2021
    We Had a Blast! Stone Shaping, July 17, 2021 Stone Trust Board President and Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) Level 3 Advanced Waller Daniel Peterson and Level 3 Advanced Waller Daniel Arabella led our first Stone Trust stone shaping workshop at the Minnesota Stone Trust site on Saturday July 17. We had five enthusiastic participants, [...]
    Master Class: Fat Tony and the Art of Coursing, Part 2, Figure 1
    Master Class: Fat Tony and the Art of Coursing, Part 2
    Posted July 17, 2021

    Part 1 ended with the promise that “Fat Tony” would finally make an appearance here-in. Before he does we need to first look at some of the issues that can occur with jointing within a coursed wall

    July 2021 Waller of the Month: Dario Coletta
    July Waller of the Month: Dario Coletta
    Posted July 17, 2021

    DARIO COLETTA (Massachusetts) has spent the last 10 years or so designing and building in dry stone in the western part of the state.

    Virginia City… Silver City: By rail past dry stone retaining walls through Nevada
    Posted July 17, 2021
    Stone Trust friend, geologist, and Level 1 Initial-certified dry stone waller Jim Wood sent photos from his recent trip from Virginia City to Silver City, Nevada. He writes: Here's the scene. The historic railroad brought in mining supplies in the day and hauled out the silver bullion. Mark Twain worked at the Territorial Enterprise here. [...]
    Splitting boulders under water
    Posted July 17, 2021
    Stone Trust Professional Member John Sandri writes: A customer recently contacted us about a unique project, after having heard we could split boulders.  They were trying to move boulders from their swimming area that were a danger to swimmers jumping or diving off the dock.  A customized crane boat was brought in to move the [...]
    So Many Books, So Little Time
    Posted July 17, 2021
    The Stone Trust online store offers a wonderful collection of books on stone walls. The topics range from historical books about old stonewalls to step-by-step How-To manuals about the details and methods of construction. Whether you’ve already taken a workshop, are registered for an upcoming one, or simply have an interest in learning about walling, [...]
    Planning, laying out, and building solid, stable steps and stairs
    Posted July 16, 2021
    Thanks very much to the two hardy souls who traveled so far (from the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest) to learn a full set of stone work skills at our Summer Medley Weekend! You endured the deluge on day one, and again on the morning of day four, the Steps & Stairs workshop. Throughout you [...]
    Learning to prepare the base and lay the stone at our July Flagging/Patio workshops
    Posted July 16, 2021
    As is usually the case, you brought a range of experience to our July Flagging/Patio workshops, from none to self-taught to related courses in stone work to the professional day-to-day. Your groups included eight men and three women working from 9 to 5 on two separate days to learn how to prepare the base and [...]
    Building retaining walls to last, July workshops in Vermont
    Posted July 15, 2021
    If you came to more than one workshop during our Summer Medley Weekend, you experienced some rain (deluge to drizzle) and some shine (beautiful full sun to cloudy). Such is the weather in New England. People in the Sunday retaining wall workshop fared better weather-wise than those on Monday. But all of you took the [...]
    Learning techniques to shape varieties of stone (July 10, 2021, VT)
    Posted July 15, 2021
    Introduction to Stone Shaping attracts wallers with significant projects and an abiding interest in learning what they need to know to complete their projects well. This past weekend's class attracted a number of homeowners and some career-changers who had gotten the basics under their belt at an Intro workshop. A self-taught waller who repairs walls [...]

Upcoming Events

  • 2.41 Women's Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor) - October 22 & 23 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    October 22, 2021 - October 23, 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.

  • 3.20 Flagging Workshop (10-23-2021) Mont Vernon, NH
    October 23, 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.

  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (2- Day, October 23 & 24, 2021 (Nashville, TN)
    October 23, 2021 - October 24, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 2-day workshop attendance

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 (10-24-2021)
    October 24, 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).

  • 3.10 Steps & Stairs Workshop (10-24-2021)
    October 24, 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.