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

    2020 Revised Schedule as of April 1st 2020
    Revised 2020 Course Schedule
    Posted April 1, 2020
    Lend me the stone strength of the past and I will lend you The wings of the future... --Robinson Jeffers, To the Rock That Will Be a Cornerstone Dear Members and Friends of The Stone Trust, We are pleased to share with you our revised schedule of courses. Using the best information we can get [...]
    Participant Submissions–Luke Driver
    Posted March 27, 2020

    Luke Driver, workshop/test participant signed up for later this year, sent a photo of his current project, writing, “Last leg of 356” of new wall. 65 yards of hand picked stone through my hands!” He adds, “I apprenticed under a Portuguese master. The flat stone around Narragansett Bay is similar to his native land.” Luke […]

    Meet Michael Murphy, Board Member
    Posted March 27, 2020
    Many thanks to fellow board member Paul Peterson for researching and writing this profile of Michael. Michael has been on the board of the Stone Trust since 2016 and has earned Level III and instructor certifications from the Dry Stone Walling Association of  of Great Britain (DSWA-GB). Michael began working in stone on a casual [...]
    Our Constituents Respond to the COVID-19 Disruption with Generosity, Realism, and Patience
    Posted March 27, 2020

    Dear Supporters of The Stone Trust, I wanted to share with you some of the responses we have received since announcing the postponement of our 2020 Course Schedule. They reflect generosity, realism, patience, and appreciation of the quality of programming and experience that the founders, board members, and staff have developed since our founding a […]

    Jumping the Level 2 Hurdle: Reprise #4–Building Up: Visual Sizing, Cutting and Shaping, Tracing
    Posted March 27, 2020
    by Michael Murphy In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice there is. --  Jan van de Snepscheut BUILDING UP: VISUAL SIZING, CUTTING AND SHAPING, TRACING Going up often requires a 3-on-1 scenario. This is due to both length and material availability.  The 3-on-1 is fine. For purposes of this [...]
    Seven Newly Certified Wallers Complete Contractors 5-Day Intensive @ Stoneyard
    Posted March 26, 2020
    Seven participants of the eight participants registered for the spring 5-Day Contractors Intensive arrived at Stoneyard in Littleton by March 16, just as public health officials began to make clear the urgency of the COVID-19 pandemic. One person, coming from Arkansas, decided with the better part of wisdom to postpone participation, concerned that an eventual [...]
    2020 Season Opens with Contractors 1-day at Stoneyard
    Posted March 26, 2020

    Held indoors at Stoneyard in Littleton, MA, ten contractors enjoyed a day of hands-on learning, connecting with other contractors and a feeling of accomplishment by building their own section of dry stone wall.

    March Waller of the Month: Dario Coletta
    Posted March 25, 2020

    DARIO COLETTA (Massachusetts) has spent the last 10 years or so designing and building in dry stone in the western part of the state. He holds Level II DSWA-GB Certification. Dario writes: “The Stone Trust has really been the key for my continuing improvement and dedication to the fine art of stonework. Every visit to the Trust, whether taking a workshop, testing, instructing, or volunteering, inspires me to improve my craft.”

    Masterclass: Theory of Corbelling
    Posted March 25, 2020

    Not sure this should really be called a masterclass seeing as how I’ve never really carried out structural corbelling. Mind you I don’t suppose it’s ever stopped me spouting on authoritatively before, so why stop now? I have of course used the principle of cantilevering, have some experience of in effect corbelling the bottom and top of the vase whose construction was shown in “Stonechat 16”, and have a smattering of an understanding of mathematics and structural physics so here goes nothing…
    and by the way having a pack of playing cards handy might prove useful.

    Postponing Workshops and Events through May
    Posted March 20, 2020

    Dear Supporters of The Stone Trust, Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Stone Trust is postponing all workshops and events at least through the end of May. We will reschedule as much as possible from June or July through the end of the year, prioritizing 1) workshops for which there is a high level of […]

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