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

    Brian Post's Rockingham Project
    January Waller of the Month: Brian Post
    Posted January 7, 2021

    BRIAN POST (Vermont) started building walls at age 10. Brian achieved his DSWA-GB Master Craftsman certification in 2016, 11 years after he took his initial level walling test. In that time Brian also became a licensed landscape architect and started his own firm, Standing Stone LLC. Over the past decade he has served many roles while helping to grow The Stone Trust, including President, Executive Director, and now as Director of Education and Training. He remains committed to sharing dry stone walling expertise and is always learning more himself.

    Using a Tracer Chisel To Split Stone
    Posted December 30, 2020

    Brian Post shares tips and techniques for using a Trow and Holden tracer chisel on several types of stones.  Learn some do’s and dont’s when using a tracing chisel to split stones for dry stone walling applications. The 1.5″ Trow and Holden Hand Tracer (Tracing Chisel) was used throughout this video along with the Trow and Holden Hand Hammer.

    2020 Annual Review Cover
    A Look Back at 2020 and Onward into 2021
    Posted December 17, 2020
    Dear friends of The Stone Trust, Those of us who work regularly on Stone Trust projects count ourselves among the fortunate in this year of loss and suffering for individuals and communities across the nation and the globe. We hope you, too, find yourselves among those who remain healthy and secure. We feel inexpressible sorrow [...]
    Meet Pete Ryder, Board Member
    Posted December 16, 2020
    Pete joined the board of The Stone Trust (TST) in 2017. He took on the role of board president in 2018 and has guided the growth and development of TST for the last three years. Pete is certified by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA-GB) as a Level 2 waller. Currently he [...]
    Master Class: Cloddiau
    Posted December 14, 2020

    One of the major misconceptions people hold about clawdd construction is that it is particularly difficult to course the stone. Compared to coursing a dry stone wall it is really easy.

    December Waller of the Month: Brian Fairfield
    Posted December 14, 2020

    BRIAN FAIRFIELD (Maine) says “I’ve been working with stone for the better part of two decades now, and the one thing that I keep learning about myself is that there’s lots of learning to do. I almost always work alone, but when I do get the opportunity to work with more highly skilled individuals, I’ll gladly make the trek to soak up knowledge.

    In Need of a Last Minute Gift?
    Posted December 14, 2020
    In the Stone Trust store we’ve added gift bundles for all types of wallers, from the walling-curious to the waller looking to jump ahead. In addition, you’ll also find our usual stock of tools, curated for their effectiveness and longevity, as well as a library of knowledge to help you on your way. Our 2021 [...]
    Fine Homebuilding Article Cover
    Read it again! “Walls That Stay Built” by Brian Post
    Posted December 3, 2020
    Kernels of Wisdom from This Primer on Building an Enduring Dry Stone Wall If you learn to properly lay dry stone, you can build walls that out-last your great-grandchildren. Mortar hurts more than it helps. Base the design on the site and the stone. As you start out, aim to build 5 sq. ft. to [...]
    Arne Henning Holten
    Miljøskifer AS
    Posted December 3, 2020
    Back in the spring, Arne Henning Holten became a friend in walling from Norway, where he and others have started a slate quarry. He sent good wishes and photos of some of the projects they have completed. Later he showed us how they split slate. Most recently he sent us an article about the Thams [...]
    Holiday Bundles for Wallers and Would-Be Wallers
    Posted December 3, 2020
    We get lots of requests for help selecting gifts for wallers and aspiring wallers, so we put our heads together and came up with few holiday bundles perfectly suited to the level of your favorite wall builder. For those just starting to explore the world of walling, we've gathered The Primer set, with our most [...]

Upcoming Events

  • Fall Certification Test: Friday, (9/24/2021) Dummerston
    September 24, 2021
    8:15 am - 6:30 pm
    - 1 Day attendance

Testing Levels Initial, Intermediate and Advanced (Part B). Friday, Sept. 24, 2021. NOTE: You must hold the previous level certification to sign up for any test above level 1. THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE is AUGUST 11th! NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED.

  • 1.20 Two-Day Introductory Workshop (Outdoor) - Sept. 25 & 26, 2021 (Dummerston, VT)
    September 25, 2021 - September 26, 2021
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 2-day workshop attendance

This 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.

  • 2.40 Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor) - Sept. 25 & 26, 2021 (Dummerston, VT)
    September 25, 2021 - September 26, 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.

  • 1.10 Introductory Indoor Workshop (11-5-2021)
    November 5, 2021
    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…

  • 1.10 Introductory Indoor Workshop (11-6-2021)
    November 6, 2021
    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) 11-8 thru 11-12-2021
    November 8, 2021 - November 12, 2021
    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! REGISTRATION DEADLINE is September 19, 2021!