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

    Masterclass: Problems and Planning, Part 4
    Posted January 17, 2020

    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.


    January Waller of the Month: Andrew Pighills
    Posted January 17, 2020

    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.


    Stringlines: Thoughts from Pete Ryder, Board President
    Posted January 15, 2020

    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…. […]


    The Stone Trust partners with the Windham Regional Career Center to train wallers
    Posted January 13, 2020
    It's pretty clear from our professional members  that wallers love the work and that there's lots of work out there. It's also part of our mission to build a professional pipeline. So we couldn't pass up the chance to connect The Stone Trust expertise to local high school students, incumbent workers, and professional contractors through [...]
    West Coast Participant Build
    Posted January 13, 2020
    Tom K. who attended a historic rebuild workshop back in Oct 2018 recently sent us this picture of a wall he is working on.  He writes "About 15 tons of stone. I attended your historic wall rebuild seminar last Oct and I used so much of what I learned" Flat stones look easy to those [...]
    The Stone Trust to Present at LandCare Associates Inc. Madbury NH
    Posted January 13, 2020
    Brian Post will be giving a seminar on dry stone wall construction at LandCare Associates Inc in Madbury NH.  The presentation will focus on to how-to correctly build structural dry stone walls.  This will include retaining walls and other features.  Proper foundations drainage and backfill, layout and more will be discussed, as well as the [...]
    Site of the dry stone wall center
    Save the dates: NH Old House & Barn Expo
    Posted January 3, 2020

    We’ll be there! You come, too.  The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance Old House & Barn Expo, Saturday and Sunday, March 21 and 22, Manchester.


    Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association Winter Conference, Jan. 29
    Posted January 3, 2020

    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 […]


    Lunch & Learn at LandCare Associates in Madbury, NH
    Posted January 3, 2020

    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, […]


    Stone Trust instructors who earned certification in 2018
    February is the right time to become a Stone Trust instructor
    Posted January 3, 2020

    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 […]


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