Welcome to The Stone Trust Resources

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

    Volunteers Build Social Distance Walls
    Instructors Build Walls for Social Distance, July 4 Volunteer Day
    Posted July 6, 2020
    Many thanks to the professional wallers who gave of their time and expertise on the Fourth of July to make it possible for The Stone Trust to safely teach people to build structurally sound, aesthetically pleasing stone walls. Over the years, each of them has supported us in many ways, as founders, board members, professional [...]
    Social Distance Wall Site
    Keeping Apace With COVID-19: Workshops in July and Newly Scheduled for October
    Posted June 26, 2020
    Last Wednesday Brian Post, Jared Flynn, and I met at The Stone Trust Center in Dummerston, Vermont to review plans to incorporate social distancing into our workshop instruction. Scott Renault, the new General Manager of Scott Farm where our many of our workshops take place, joined us. It takes us all to assure that we [...]
    Jordan Keyes, The Stone Trust Board Member
    Meet Jordan Keyes, Board Member
    Posted June 25, 2020

    Many thanks to fellow board member Paul Peterson for interviewing Jordan and writing this profile. Jordan joined the board of The Stone Trust (TST) in May 2019. He is a member of the management team of Trow & Holden Company, a manufacturer of stone cutting tools in Barre, Vermont. Trow & Holden services the diverse […]

    Events and Items of Interest, June 30
    Posted June 25, 2020
    An article in The Guardian's June 10 edition brought our attention to the ancient stone work in the Chaco Cultural National Historical Park in New Mexico. Looks like it is not dry stone work. Still it's amazing! Worth a visit!
    Events and Items of Interest, June 22
    Posted June 22, 2020

    Workshop in Minnesota Check out our 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling in Isanti, MN on July 18 and 19. If you find that location convenient, you can learn from Advanced Waller Dan Peterson, instructor, professional member, and board member of The Stone Trust. October Workshops Added Many people registered for workshops in our July […]

    July Workshops and Looking Ahead
    Posted June 19, 2020
    A number of people registered for our July 11 Introduction to Dry Stone Walls and our 4-Day Medley of Dry Stone workshops have responded to last week's article providing Cross State Travel Information. Some have expressed disappointment that they won't be able to come to Vermont in July. Others are waiting to see how the [...]
    Update: Follett Stone Arched Bridges Restoration Project
    Posted June 19, 2020
    We offer this update from Stone Trust founder, certified instructor, master craftsman, and professional member Michael Weitzner, who provides the expertise and labor to restore the Follett Stone Arched Bridges. For background information, please see the original article by Charlie Marchant, President of the Townshend Historical Society. This project has unfolded over more than 45 [...]
    Feathers and Wedges: Sizing Holes, Stuckness, and More
    Posted June 19, 2020

    Brian Post shares shares additional tricks and techniques when working with feathers and wedges (aka wedges and shims) to split stone.  This detailed video is a great supplement to the Detailed guide to using feathers and wedges video. This video provides additional information about the hole sizes when using feathers and wedges, what to do if your feathers and wedges get stuck in the stone, and much more.  Watch as we work large blocks from an abandoned quarry into great pieces for wall ends and troughs, each about 1/16 of the original block.

    June Waller of the Month: Fran Hammond
    Posted June 15, 2020

    FRAN HAMMOND (Pennsylvania) is a DSWA-GB Level II Certified Waller and owner of Morning Dew Stonework and Landscape. Fran loves the harmony that can be created with natural stone and plant material.

    COVID-19 Travel Information As of June 12, 2020
    July Workshops and COVID-19
    Posted June 12, 2020
    Dear friends of The Stone Trust, We want to update you about travel to Vermont and to apprise you of changes in our July workshop formats necessary to create conditions for health safety. Please understand that we are working with the most recent information available to us. As you know, changes happen almost daily. We [...]

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