Certified Instructors

All workshops are taught by instructors that are certified by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA).  To gain Instructor Certification one must already hold Level 2 or higher DSWA dry stone walling certification and must attend a DSWA instructor training course.  The course covers learning and teaching styles as well as dry stone wall instruction.

In 2011 The Stone Trust held the first DSWA-GB Instructor Training course outside of Great Britain.  The Stone Trust now typically holds an instructors course every other year, and is the only place outside of Great Britain where wallers can become DSWA-GB certified instructors.

 A full list of all certified dry stone walling instructors in North America coming soon.

Selected Instructor Bios:

Many DSWA certified instructors teach workshops at The Stone Trust.  Brief bio’s of frequent instructors are below.

Alex Hoffmeier

ALEX HOFFMEIER moved to Vermont in 2004 and earned a Masters of Arts in Landscape Design from the Conway School.

Andras Lazar

Andras Lazar is a DSWA-GB Level II certified and a certified instructor. He was born in Hungary in 1950.

Ben Maron

BEN MARON is the proprietor of Kraftwight, a landscape construction company with a focus on stonework, based in Red Hook NY. He has a love for stone, learning new techniques and sharing his knowledge and experience.

Brian Post

BRIAN POST, a Certified DSWA-GB Master Craftsman and Licensed Landscape Architect, started building walls at age 10…

Chris Tanguay

CHRIS TANGUAY is a dual certified Master Craftsman through the Dry Walling Association (DSWA) of Great Britain and the Dry Stone Conservancy.

Chuck Eblacker

CHUCK EBLACKER is a dry stone waller from Rochester, NY. His partnership with stone began over 15 years ago.

Dan Snow

DAN SNOW is an art maker specializing is dry stone constructions. He has been building with stone since 1972.

Daniel Arabella

DANIEL ARABELLA (Minnesota) holds DSWA-GB Advanced (Level III) and Instructor Certification. He is the owner of Arabella Stone Co. and has an extensive background in the arts and construction industries which provides a blend of skills and a fresh approach to a traditional craft.

Daniel Peterson

DANIEL PETERSON (Minnesota) holds DSWA-GB Advanced (Level III) and Instructor Certification. He is the owner and designer at HabAdapt Landscape Design, focusing on long-term sustainability and functionality.

Dario Coletta

Dario Coletta runs D.C. Stoneworks out of Plainfield MA. Dario is DSWA-GB Level II certified and a certified instructor.

Dean McLellan

DEAN MCLELLAN began his life with stone at a very early age working on removing stone from the fields with his grandfather in Lafontaine, Ontario.

Hilary Dees

Hilary’s journey with stone started in Kansas at her grandparents’ 1884 limestone house on the prairie. She is certified with the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain and with the Dry Stone Conservancy.

Jamie Masefield

JAMIE MASEFIELD is inspired by the ancient craft of dry stone masonry and feels passionate that it has an important role to play in a modern society.

Jared Flynn

JARED FLYNN is a native Vermonter who’s passion is the preservation of Dry Stone Walls. As a founding member of the Stone Trust his efforts have supported Dry Stone enthusiasts and professionals with access to all things related to Walling.

Jerry Coggin

JERRY COGGIN has been working with drystone in one capacity or another since 2010. He started out assisting his wife Kim on her projects and very quickly realized how rewarding working with drystone can be.

Jo Hodgson

JO HODGSON is a professional dry stone waller from the UK who now lives in Ottawa, Canada. Jo runs her own business specializing in dry stone construction and restoration for private gardens and public spaces.

Joe Dinwiddie

JOE DINWIDDIE (North Carolina) Joe began his drystone masonry career in 1997 during a revival of the craft in central Kentucky. After seven years of working with the top drystone masonry crews in Kentucky, Joe started his own business, Drystone Joe.

Jordan Keyes

JORDAN KEYES’ work with The Stone Trust and walling has become the confluence of personal and professional pursuits.

Judy Rand

JUDY RAND is a certified instructor and attained her DSWA-GB Level II certification in Derbyshire, England. Judy has an artistic background…

Karl Gifford

KARL GIFFORD (Maine) spent 11 years doing trail work with several organizations in New England.

Kim Coggin

KIM COGGIN has been building dry stone walls and structures since 2008. Kim’s journey in stone started shortly after relocating to Pennsylvania from the Southeast…

Mark Jurus

MARK JURUS – has been working with stone since 2007 and started his certification process in 2009. Currently dual certified both with the DSWA-GB and the DSC.

Martin Beevers

MARTIN BEEVERS (TENNESSEE) grew up in Derbyshire, England in the heart of a countryside crisscrossed by miles of dry stone walls. These ancient walls are still very much a working part of rural life and tradition.

Matt Carter

MATT CARTER built his first dry stone wall in 1992 as a caretaker on a horse farm in upstate NY, and founded Green Island Stonework in Topsham, Maine in 2004.

Michael Weitzner

MICHAEL WEITZNER has been a full-time dry stone waller/mason and a professional member of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain since 1993.

Pete Ryder

PETE RYDER got the walling bug in 2015 at a workshop at The Stone Trust. After 32 years in aerospace engineering…

Ron Neil

Ron Neil has decades of experience in masonry from leading large crews on commercial buildings to small jobs. He now runs his own company and got involved with dry stone walling in 2016.

Sam Brakeley

SAM BRAKELEY (Vermont) has been building trails since age eight, and has progressed to complex trail constructions throughout New England. Sam’s trail building work led him to working with stone.

Seth Harris

SETH HARRIS specializes in many types of historic crafts including stonework, fine woodworking, and blacksmithing…

Stone Trust Workshops at Opus 40: An Amazing Combination of Inspiration and Learning!

On the first weekend in May, the Stone Trust hosted two simultaneous workshops at Opus 40, a world-famous sculpture park and museum in Saugerties, New York. Created by artist and professor Harvey Fite over the course of nearly forty years, Fite’s opus is currently undergoing a multi-year restoration to rebuild sections that are failing. Brian [...]

TJ Mora

TJ MORA has been walling for 10 years and is grateful for all the fellow DSWA-GB wallers who have guided him over the years.

Torben Larsen

Torben Larsen has decades of experience in landscaping, stonework, and running a large landscape company. Now downsized, he has taken joy from becoming certified, and producing high quality stonework. Torben is DSWA-GB Level II certified and a certified instructor.