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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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

    Figure 9, Two Stone Joints
    Master Class: Fat Tony and the Art of Coursing, Part 1
    Posted June 15, 2021

    Working with slate is not my favourite type of walling. Those not familiar with this specific walling medium seem to think that it should be easy nice flat brick shaped stones… This is of course far from the truth, nothing in walling is that straightforward. -Sean Adcock

    Thanks for coming to the 2-Day Intro Workshop! (June 12 & 13, Minneapolis)
    Posted June 15, 2021
    We had six enthusiastic individuals participate in the first 2021 workshop held at our training site in Isanti, Minnesota. Two of the participants had previous experience working with stone in their landscape business and are looking to improve their stone working skill, two of the participants work in the construction trades as well as farming, [...]
    A Tree is Planted (with Feather & Wedges)
    Posted June 15, 2021
    When a neighbor brought Scott and his wife a beautiful crabapple tree as a living memorial for a loved one who had recently passed, they knew the perfect spot for it. Scott started digging a hole for planting and, as often happens, he soon hit a rock. As he shoveled around it, he unearthed a [...]
    Kim and Jerry Coggin June 2021 Waller of the Month
    June Wallers of the Month: Kim & Jerry Coggin
    Posted June 9, 2021

    KIM & JERRY COGGIN (Pennsylvania) are the owners of Laurel Stoneworks, located in Johnstown, PA. Both are certified professional Level 2 wallers and instructors through the DSWA-GB

    Spring Test Day: May 17, 2021 (VT)
    Posted May 24, 2021
    text Spring Test Day could not have dawned more beautiful, just the right weather for the special kind of day Test Day feels! People gathered before 8 -- wallers ready to prove their stuff, fellow wallers present to support and quietly cheer them on, examiners and the site coordinator. All gathered peacefully, expectantly near the [...]
    Leaving the Wall Better Than You Found It: 3-Day Feature Build, May 14 -16, 2021 (VT)
    Posted May 24, 2021
    Four participants each built their own feature over the course of three days, selecting an arch, a square corner, a round corner, or a squeeze stile. On day one, instructor Brian Post engaged students in lots of learning and discussion about each feature's structure, purpose, traditional use, and variations. Days two and three involved practical [...]
    2-Day Intro and Cheek Ends, May 15 & 16, 2021 (VT)
    Posted May 24, 2021
    As is often the case, the thirteen people who participated in May's 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walls and Cheek Rebuild arrived with varied experience. Some brought experience handed down from parents, others from dabbling with walls on their property. One brought her landscape architect's perspectives, another the lenses of an architect. Two noted that [...]
    Prepping for Spring Test Day
    Posted May 24, 2021
    The Test Prep workshop on May 14 brought five men, four of whom work as professionals in hardscape/landscape and have done so for many years. The fifth has been immersing himself in learning to build with dry stone as an extension to his professional life as an architect. Instructors Martin Beevers and Dan Morales- Walsh [...]
    For Your Convenience, Packs & Sets
    Posted May 13, 2021

    If you’re new to walling and wondering what information resources and tools would be the most useful, the Beginner’s Walling Pack from our online store might be just the thing. Basic and affordable, it has the essentials to get you started.

    Sam Brakeley - May 2021 Waller of the Month
    May Waller of the Month: Sam Brakeley
    Posted May 13, 2021

    SAM BRAKELEY (Vermont) is the owner of Hermit Woods Trailbuilders, and has been building stone walls around Vermont and New Hampshire for almost ten years. Sam writes: “In addition to the art and craft of dry stone walling, I love the physical nature of the pursuit. To come home at the end of the day with tired hands and sore muscles…I know I’ve built something. I get a good night’s rest every time!” He is DSWA-GB Level 2 and also instructs at The Stone Trust.

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.

  • 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…