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Tool Guide: The Homeowner’s Wall

You’ve been dreaming of that corner in your garden or that failing rock wall along the border of your property, but where and how to start? The Stone Trust–wanting to help with those often difficult decisions–has put together this Beginner Waller Pack to help you identify the best tools to get started with. This set provides a beginner stone waller with the basics tools and instructions to get started in the right direction.

Whether you’ve just completed  your first 1-Day or 2-Day Introduction to Dry Stone Walling Workshop  or you are looking to register, the Stone Trust knows that deciding which tools are essential tools is not always easy.

This Beginner Waller Pack  is a great starting place for you. It includes the basic tools and clear instructions for starting and progressing as an aspiring new dry stone waller.

As with all the items in the Stone Trust store, the products in The Beginner Walling Pack have been thoughtfully selected for beginning wallers by experienced wallers. The Stone Trust offers a curated collection of tools and books for dry stone wallers of all levels of experience.

Next, you’ll need to shape and split stone to fit into your wall. The Bricklayers Hammer and the 3 lb. Mason’s Hammer are the right tools at an affordable cost.

The Bricklayers Hammer from Kraft is used to trim, split and shape small stones with ease. Use the square front end for most trimming and the blade for splitting stone along its grain. Works well for shaping irregular flagging. It also makes a handy digging tool for setting foundation stones. This is a great beginner’s stone hammer.

The 3 lb. Mason’s Hammer from Kraft is a basic stone shaping hammer, a great first stone hammer for utilitarian stone shaping. The high quality steel head will need more frequent sharpening than carbide tipped hammers, but this hammer is still favored by many professional wallers and Master Craftsmen. The 3lb weight is comfortable to swing one handed and heavy enough to do some real work.








Brooks & Adcock’s extensive handbook on dry stone walling, often referred to as the “bible” by stone wallers,  Dry Stone Walling: A Practical Handbook” covers every topic related to proper dry stone walling. It’s a starting point and must-have for beginners.








Once you’ve taken an Introduction to Dry Stone Walling, you will understand how stringline helps you ensure that you are building a strong wall with smooth planes. You need string to build in your batter. This video explains how: Your New Best Friend: Batter Boards.

String is the first tool used by wallers and is still the most important one. You should have the best string which is why Rose Super Tough Mason Line has been selected – the toughest mason line available. It will not fray when cut, or sag in the dew over night. Rugged and tough, it rarely breaks when pinched between rocks. This high friction line holds basic knots easily.