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

    A Bridge is Born! (Sept. 8 & 9, 2018)
    Posted September 14, 2018

    After months of structural design considerations, a workshop to prepare the site and another to lay the foundation and abutments, a determined group of wallers made the dry stone arched pony (foot) bridge a reality!


    Amazing Stone Arch Bridges of Southern NH! (Sept. 7, 2018)
    Posted September 13, 2018

    What an incredible day of looking up close at some of the best historic examples of dry stone bridges in New England!


    Nicholas Chesla Completed Feature Front View
    Walling in Australia
    Posted September 5, 2018

    Member Nicholas Chesla of Australia submitted photos and commentary about working with local bluestone.


    Bridge Build Update
    Posted September 5, 2018
    Just three days before the final hurdle of building a dry stone arched bridge in this weekends workshop, here is a recap of what has happened in the last few weeks. The Bridge Build Part 1: Site Prep workshop kicked off building the abutments with great success, learning about the structure layout and building corners.  [...]
    The Costs of Owning and Operating Machinery – An Excerpt
    Posted September 3, 2018
    From our 2018 Member Newsletter here is an excerpt from the feature article: The Costs of Owning and Operating Machinery by Irwin Post.  To get the full article, plus so much, just become a member! Editor’s Note: This article was originally written for Independent Sawmill and Woodlot Magazine. However, the information is highly applicable for any [...]
    September Waller of the Month: Matt Carter
    Posted September 3, 2018

    MATT CARTER (Maine), is featured in The Stone Trust’s 2018 Calendar for the month of September. He built his first dry stone wall in 1992 as a caretaker on a horse farm in upstate NY, and founded Green Island Stonework in Topsham, Maine in 2004. Designing and building stonework for residential landscapes and gardens is a main focus, but Matt also enjoys a wide range of other types of projects, including field walls, old stone foundation repair/restoration, architectural stonework, and any other creative use for natural stone. Matt holds DSWA-GB Level III (Advanced) Certification, and is a Certified Instructor.


    Great reviews for the Intro to Walling Workshop (August 25, 2018)
    Posted August 27, 2018

    Lots of hands-on walling and excellent coaching contributed to a very successful Intro to Walling workshop.


    Building abutments in the Bridge Site Prep Workshop (August 26, 2018)
    Posted August 27, 2018

    Highly skilled instructors discussed the design, layout and geometry of the batter…


    Women’s Intro Workshop – “Instruction superb – camaraderie fabulous!” (August 12, 2018)
    Posted August 20, 2018

    A very successful Women’s Introduction to Dry Stone Walling workshop on Sunday, August 12th at the Stone Trust Center in Dummerston, VT – led by two women wallers and certified instructors, Kim Coggin and Judy Rand,


    The Nuances of Retaining Walls! (August 11, 2018)
    Posted August 20, 2018

    On Saturday, August 11th, an enthusiastic group of 13 participants learned the additional rules and methods that apply to building retaining walls, which are prevalent throughout the northeast.


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