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 Instructor Training course outside of Great Britain.  The Stone Trust now typically holds an instructors course every spring and is the only place outside of Great Britain where wallers can become certified instructors.

Instructors class
2011 Dry Stone Instructors Course Participants:
Back Row L to R: Brian Post, Chuck Eblacker, Matt Carter, Dean Mclellen
Mid Row L to R: Travis Callahan, Evan Oxland, course instructor Steve Jonas,
Andrew Pighills, Akira Inman,Chris Tanguay
Front Row L to R: Michael Weitzner, Jared Flynn

 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.

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 started building walls at age 10. Since then he has continued working with stone whenever possible.

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.

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.

Jordan Keyes

JORDAN KEYE’S 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…

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 – With every wall I build, I bring my skill as a craftsman and my eye as an artist to create walls that are structurally sound, durable and visually appealing.

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…

Seth Harris

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

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.