The Stone Trust has some of the best resources available on the web for Dry Stone Walls. Whether you want to learn to build a wall, are looking for a contractor, design specs, or some inspiration for your next project this is the place for you! We frequently update this portion of the website with more information, so check back often.
Links to Resources:
Blog – Check out our latest updates, how-to articles, and much more!
Find A Stone Wall Contractor – Need to find a waller? This is the most complete list of Certified Dry Stone Wallers in North America. Includes an interactive map and listings by State.
Project Referrals – Have a project but not sure who to call? Want to let dry stone wall contractors know about your Request for Proposal (RFP)? Just fill out a quick, secure, online form and it automatically goes to all our professional members.
How to Build Walls – Looking for correct how-to information? This is the place to learn how to build your own stone wall.
Photo Gallery – Get Inspired! See the stone work of certified wallers from all over North America
Stone Wall Design and Spcifications – Learn about dry stone wall design and download typical stone wall specifications and details for dry stone walls.
Sources for Stone – Stone walls take a lot of stone to build. This page lists quarries and other sources
Dry Stone Retaining Wall Specifications.
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Once you join our email list you will get a link to download the specifications. Available as a PDF or Word (DOC) file. This 11 page document contains the most detailed dry stone retaining wall specifications freely available on the internet
In part one (Stonechat 26: Summer 2012) I suggested that “poor grading can become what is in effect a self-fuelled inevitability” . This was developed in part 2 when we looked at the tendency to place large stones alongside and on top of each other leading to grouping. This however does not just apply to large stone. If we are not careful similar size stones can tend to flock together – both along and up. Small stones can lead to a ‘mushrooming’, especially if we are concentrating on sitting one on two and half on half and levelling ready for the next stone.
ANDREW PIGHILLS (Connecticut) was born in Yorkshire, England. His formal horticulture training started at The Royal Horticultural Society at Harlow Carr Gardens in Harrogate Yorkshire, and has spent several decades creating gardens and building dry stone walls in his native England, in and around the spectacular Yorkshire Dales and the English Lake District.
There are as many ways to build great stone walls as there are colors in the rainbow. From lacy singles in the Aran Islands to squat bulky consumption walls in New England. Loosely stacked round glacial outwash to the incredible joinery of the Incas. Two-tiered Galloway walls to the fascinating geometric patterns of Majorcan walls…. […]
We’ll be there! You come, too. The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance Old House & Barn Expo, Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, Manchester.
Brian Post presents a workshop at the RINLA 2020 Winter Conference, “From the Ground Up,” January 29 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick. Learn the principles of proper structure when working with dry stone construction. Building with natural stone to last – without mortar – is a craft with a wealth of […]
On January 21 from 8 to 12, Brian Post will present a seminar hosted by LandCare Associates in Madbury, NH. Session content includes: Basics of Structural Dry Stone Wall Building and Evaluation Foundations, Drainage, and Backfill Basics of Tool Usage for Working with Stone. To register, please contact: LandCare Associates, Inc., 282 Knox Marsh Road, […]
Learn to teach with other wallers in this two-and-a-half day course (indoors! In 2018, only the photo happened outside.) Whether you have immediate plans to teach, or just want to get better at communicating with and training your employees, this course teaches invaluable communication skills. Add a DSWA-GB certified instructor credential to your professional portfolio […]