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

    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 […]


    Fall Introductions to Dry Stone Walling in South Fork, PA
    Posted February 18, 2021

    Kim and Jerry Coggin of Laurel Stoneworks in South Fork, Pennsylvania will lead three one-day introductory workshops in October. Come learn the basic principles of building a structurally sound freestanding dry stone wall: 1.11 Women’s Introduction to Dry Stone Walling, October 9 & 10 1.10 Introduction to Dry Stone Walling, October 16 Registration for each […]


    July 18 2-day Intro in Isanti, MN
    Minnesota’s Three 2021 Workshops, June, July, and October
    Posted February 18, 2021
    You may or may not know that The Stone Trust (TST) runs workshops in locations outside of New England. In the north central US, sustainable landscape designer Dan Peterson offers workshops at the site of TST corporate member Northland Landscape Nursery in  Isanti, MN. Dan is also a TST professional member, certified DSWA-GB instructor, and [...]
    New Hampshire October Medley Weekend : Come learn the basics, then add other dry stone building skills
    Posted February 18, 2021
    Many people, professionals and enthusiasts alike, have asked us to cluster skill-building workshops so they can learn a lot in one trip. Our 2021 offerings respond to that request. Come in to Vermont to learn at April and July Medley Weekends. Or come in October to our first Medley Weekend in New Hampshire. We have [...]
    A Summertime Medley Weekend: Come learn the basics and select your other dry stone work skills
    Posted February 17, 2021
    Many people, professionals and enthusiasts alike, have asked us to cluster skill-building workshops so they can learn a lot in one trip. Our 2021 offerings respond to that request. Come in to Vermont to learn at April and July Medley Weekends. Or come in October to our first Medley Weekend in New Hampshire. We have [...]
    The Versatile, Humble Hand Hammer
    Posted February 17, 2021
    Written by Brian Post The Trow and Holden 3lb hand hammer is a great option for striking chisels and more.  It is also referred to as a striking hammer.   It was one of the two hammers I bought when first getting into walling over 25 years ago and it has served me well ever since.   [...]
    Our April Medley Weekend lets you cluster what you want to learn about building with dry stone
    Posted February 17, 2021
    Many people, professionals and enthusiasts alike, have asked us to cluster skill-building workshops so they can learn a lot in one trip. Our 2021 offerings respond to that request. Come in to Vermont to learn at April and July Medley Weekends. Or come in October to our first Medley Weekend in New Hampshire. We have [...]
    Franklin Smith's Stone Arch Bridge
    Living Stone Dry Stone Bridge
    Posted February 17, 2021

    Franklin Smith is a DSWA Level 2 Intermediate waller located in Asheville, North Carolina. Watch him design and construct a stone arch bridge. You can find his listing on our Find a Stone Wall Contractor page.


Upcoming Events


  • 3.20 Flagging Workshop (7/9/2021)
    July 9, 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.


  • 1.11 Women's Introductory Workshop 7/10/2021 Dummerston VT
    July 10, 2021
    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.


  • 2.50 Intro to Stone Shaping (7-10-2021)
    July 10, 2021 - October 21, 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).


  • 3.20 Flagging Workshop (7/11/2021)
    July 11, 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.


  • 2.20 Retaining wall workshop (7-11-2021)
    July 11, 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 (7-11-2021)
    July 11, 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.


  • 2.20 Retaining wall workshop (7-12-2021)
    July 12, 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