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 [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

    Volunteers Build Social Distance Walls
    Instructors Build Walls for Social Distance, July 4 Volunteer Day
    Posted July 6, 2020
    Many thanks to the professional wallers who gave of their time and expertise on the Fourth of July to make it possible for The Stone Trust to safely teach people to build structurally sound, aesthetically pleasing stone walls. Over the years, each of them has supported us in many ways, as founders, board members, professional [...]
    Social Distance Wall Site
    Keeping Apace With COVID-19: Workshops in July and Newly Scheduled for October
    Posted June 26, 2020
    Last Wednesday Brian Post, Jared Flynn, and I met at The Stone Trust Center in Dummerston, Vermont to review plans to incorporate social distancing into our workshop instruction. Scott Renault, the new General Manager of Scott Farm where our many of our workshops take place, joined us. It takes us all to assure that we [...]
    Jordan Keyes, The Stone Trust Board Member
    Meet Jordan Keyes, Board Member
    Posted June 25, 2020

    Many thanks to fellow board member Paul Peterson for interviewing Jordan and writing this profile. Jordan joined the board of The Stone Trust (TST) in May 2019. He is a member of the management team of Trow & Holden Company, a manufacturer of stone cutting tools in Barre, Vermont. Trow & Holden services the diverse […]

    Events and Items of Interest, June 30
    Posted June 25, 2020
    An article in The Guardian's June 10 edition brought our attention to the ancient stone work in the Chaco Cultural National Historical Park in New Mexico. Looks like it is not dry stone work. Still it's amazing! Worth a visit!
    Events and Items of Interest, June 22
    Posted June 22, 2020

    Workshop in Minnesota Check out our 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling in Isanti, MN on July 18 and 19. If you find that location convenient, you can learn from Advanced Waller Dan Peterson, instructor, professional member, and board member of The Stone Trust. October Workshops Added Many people registered for workshops in our July […]

    July Workshops and Looking Ahead
    Posted June 19, 2020
    A number of people registered for our July 11 Introduction to Dry Stone Walls and our 4-Day Medley of Dry Stone workshops have responded to last week's article providing Cross State Travel Information. Some have expressed disappointment that they won't be able to come to Vermont in July. Others are waiting to see how the [...]
    Update: Follett Stone Arched Bridges Restoration Project
    Posted June 19, 2020
    We offer this update from Stone Trust founder, certified instructor, master craftsman, and professional member Michael Weitzner, who provides the expertise and labor to restore the Follett Stone Arched Bridges. For background information, please see the original article by Charlie Marchant, President of the Townshend Historical Society. This project has unfolded over more than 45 [...]
    Feathers and Wedges: Sizing Holes, Stuckness, and More
    Posted June 19, 2020

    Brian Post shares shares additional tricks and techniques when working with feathers and wedges (aka wedges and shims) to split stone.  This detailed video is a great supplement to the Detailed guide to using feathers and wedges video. This video provides additional information about the hole sizes when using feathers and wedges, what to do if your feathers and wedges get stuck in the stone, and much more.  Watch as we work large blocks from an abandoned quarry into great pieces for wall ends and troughs, each about 1/16 of the original block.

    June Waller of the Month: Fran Hammond
    Posted June 15, 2020

    FRAN HAMMOND (Pennsylvania) is a DSWA-GB Level II Certified Waller and owner of Morning Dew Stonework and Landscape. Fran loves the harmony that can be created with natural stone and plant material.

    COVID-19 Travel Information As of June 12, 2020
    July Workshops and COVID-19
    Posted June 12, 2020
    Dear friends of The Stone Trust, We want to update you about travel to Vermont and to apprise you of changes in our July workshop formats necessary to create conditions for health safety. Please understand that we are working with the most recent information available to us. As you know, changes happen almost daily. We [...]

Upcoming Events

  • 1.20 Two-Day Introductory Workshop (Outdoor) - Oct-10 & 11, 2020 (Barre, VT)
    October 10, 2020 - October 11, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 2-day workshop attendance

This Barre VT workshop is perfect for the homeowner, landscaper, mason, or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls, or to improve your skills. Workshops at this site use primarily flat stone.

  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (2-Day, Outdoor) - Oct. 10 & 11, 2020 (Barre, VT)
    October 10, 2020 - October 11, 2020
    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.

  • 2.13 Contractors Intro - Oct 16, 2020
    October 16, 2020
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc.

  • 2.50 Intro to Stone Shaping (Oct 16, 2020)
    October 16, 2020
    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).

  • 1.11 Women's Introductory Indoor Workshop 10/17/2020 Dummerston VT
    October 17, 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.

  • 2.20 Retaining wall workshop (10-17-2020)
    October 17, 2020
    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

  • 3.20 Flagging Workshop (10/17/2020)
    October 17, 2020
    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.