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
We have had a number of requests over the years to carry these tools, and we are pleased to announce that we now have them in stock. A bit different than the traditional English or American tools they have a loyal following among some professional stone workers. Before now, they have been very difficult to get in North America.
Dan Snow, one of the founders of The Stone Trust, DSWA-GB and DSC Master Craftsman, and author of In the Company of Stone and Listening to Stone will be presenting at the Northern Green Trade Show in Minneapolis! His presentations are on this coming Wednesday 1/16/19. See below for all the details. For more information on the Northern Green Trade Show and tickets go to https://northerngreen.org
We recently got a great email from Michael Meehan, who has taken several workshops in the past year, been a volunteer, and also gained his DSWA-GB Level 1 Certification. He has been building walls at his property and been doing a fantastic job. It is wonderful when new wallers share their success.
Waza to Kokoro: Hands and Heart professional seminars at the Portland Japanese Garden!
Join us for this intensive seminar that focuses on stonework in the Japanese tea garden. Visiting instructors from Japan as well as Portland Japanese Garden provide hands-on and theoretical instruction in stonework, pruning, bamboo fence construction, history, drawing, design, and tool use – all framed eloquently in the culture of tea.
DAVID INMAN (Maine) is the owner and operator of Deep Cove Stonework. He is a native of Greenville, Maine and now resides in Southern Maine. He found his love for working
with stone in 1998, while under the tutelage of a third-generation finish stone mason on the coast of Maine. David is currently a DSWA-GB Level II Certified Waller as well as a certified
The November issue of Masonry Magazine featured Part 1 of an article on dry stone wall building. Written by Brian Post, part one provided an introduction and background to dry stone walling. Unfortunately it went to print before being copy edited… but despite the errors, there is still plenty of sound information. Part 1 also […]
You want to see these pictures! As many of you know The Stone Trust played an active role in the building of one of the 1st buildings at the new Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Fairfield PA. Our role began with design consultation, and progressed to dry stone wall training, certification, and on site quality assessment throughout nearly the entire 4 month build.
The City of Boulder Colorado, Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department has been doing a lot stone work on their trail crews. Hilary Dees (DSWA-GB Level II, Instructor, and Stone Trust professional member) was hired near the beginning of 2018 as a Trail Stewardship Program Lead. Since that time she has been sharing dry stone wall knowledge with her co-workers. She got a training site for city employees set up and worked with The Stone Trust to set up certification test days for DSWA-GB certification… Read More
SAM BRAKELEY (Vermont) is featured for for December in our 2018 Calendar. Sam has been building trails since age eight, and has progressed to complex trail constructions throughout New England. Click through to read more.
The Stone Trust has big plans for 2019 and as 501(c)3 non-profit this is the time of year we ask for your help to fulfill our mission to preserve and advance dry stone walling! Read about out successful 2018 and see the highlights and more! Please make a donation to help support The Stone Trust!