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Tool Guide: Where to Start and Other Questions from Beginner Wallers

We are often asked the question from beginner wallers, “What tools should I start with?” and “How do I begin assembling the tools I will need to go forward?”

You may be considering what one-day intro or two intro workshop  you would like to sign-up for our upcoming 2023 Workshop season or perhaps working on those skills you learned from attending workshops in the next couple of months of 2022.

The Stone Trust wants to help with those often difficult decisions on what are the best tools to get started with for a beginner stone waller has put together this Beginner Waller Pack for you with the basics tools and instructions to get started in the right direction. The products in The Beginner Walling Pack were thoughtfully selected for beginning wallers by experienced wallers.

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.

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.

You can see all our curated packs here.

Additionally, all Stone Trust members receive an additional 10% discount!

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.