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

Welcome to The Stone Trust website! To review our 2021 schedule of workshops, click here. Please scroll down to subscribe to our virtual newsletter. If you would like to receive a copy of our 2021 Annual Newsletter, join us as a member!

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

    The Stone Trust Gift Certificates – let them choose their perfect holiday gift!
    Posted November 22, 2021

    With November quickly coming to a close and it’s that time of year when we’re looking for meaningful gift ideas. Gift certificates are a great option for friends and loved ones as it does just that – gives them option of choosing their own perfect gift.

    Events & Items of Interest, November 22, 2021
    Posted November 20, 2021

    Events & Items of Interest, November 22, 2021

    5 Day Contractors Intensive Workshop Nashville, TN, November 8-12
    Posted November 20, 2021

    We brought the 2021 workshop season to a close here in Tennessee on a real high. This was the first year of workshops at the Nashville site as part the Stone Trust organization. It has been a remarkably successful partnership.

    Events & Items of Interest, November 12, 2021
    Posted November 10, 2021
    Morrison Point Dry Stone Wall Project: Update Last February we told you about this community-based heritage preservation project in Milford, Ontario. Greg Forbes, one of the volunteer project coordinators sent this update: We finished our season here on the Morrison Point Road with a BBQ last weekend, which was covered by a local paper. The [...]
    Great day! Great instructors! Intro Workshops, 11-05 & 11-06 2021 (VT)
    Posted November 10, 2021

    11-05 & 11-06 2021 1-Day Intro Workshop (VT)

    2-Day Intro to Walling: October 23 & 24, 2021 (TN)
    Posted November 10, 2021

    Fall has well and truly come to Tennessee. It’s colder, but that isn’t Vermont cold. It’s Tennessee cold. Which basically means long sleeves in the morning, T shirts by noon. I could do Summer all year round, but the world keeps on turning, so I’m not going to get my wish and the teaching season will draw to an inevitable close. This was the penultimate workshop of 2021 and I was joined by four participants from as far away as Beacon, NY and as close as Franklin, TN. 

    Master Class: “Punta Nati: Saving Heritage” – (part 1)
    Posted November 9, 2021

    Master Class: “Punta Nati: Saving Heritage” … In Spring 2013 Stonechat 28 visited Menorca, Borut Juvanec took us around the corbelled structures on the island whilst I adapted Frederique Mahieu’s leaflet about the Espai paret seca – the dry stone wall space

    November Waller of the Month: Brian Fairfield
    Posted November 8, 2021

    Brian Fairfield : (Maine) says “I’ve been working with stone for the better part of two decades now

    Beginner Walling Pack
    Bundles for Wallers and Would-Be Wallers
    Posted November 8, 2021

    In case you haven’t heard yet, our 2022 workshop year is now open for registration as we promised!  And registrations are already rolling in. This is a great time to start looking at some beginner tools if you are new to our workshops and looking for a good place to start with the tools you’ll need. We get lots of requests for help selecting gifts for 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.

    October Medley, October 21-24, 2021–New Hampshire
    Posted November 5, 2021
    A Contractors Intro opened the first New Hampshire Medley Weekend, possible thanks to Pete Ryder's three years of effort conceiving and building outdoor classrooms where you can come and learn across the Curriculum in Dry Stone. Sixteen of you garnered the five basics of dry stone walling, some of you with the intention of continuing [...]

Upcoming Events

  • 2.41 Women's Cheek End Workshop (Outdoor): October 21 & 22, 2022
    October 21, 2022 - October 22, 2022
    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.

  • 2.50 Intro to Stone Shaping Workshop (1-Day): October 21, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    October 21, 2022
    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).

  • 2.20 Retaining Wall Workshop (1 Day, Outdoor): October 21, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    October 21, 2022
    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/Patio Workshop: (1-Day), October 22, 2022 (Mont Vernon, NH)
    October 22, 2022
    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.

  • 3.10 Dry Stone Steps & Stairs Workshop (1-Day): October 23, 2022 (Mont Vernon NH)
    October 23, 2022
    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.

  • 2.60 Contractors Intensive: (5-Day) - October 24 - 28, 2022 (Dummerston, VT)
    October 24, 2022 - October 28, 2022
    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 FEBRUARY 14th!