Upcoming Workshops

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  • Contractors Workshop
    March 30, 2018
    8:30 am - 5:30 pm

This workshop is perfect for the landscape contractor interested in starting to build dry stone walls, or expand that line of work. In addition to the hands on building of a wall, there will be discussions of good work practices, pricing walls, proper foundations, etc.


  • Flagging Workshop
    April 7, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1 day workshop attendance

Have a patio or walk way to build? This is the workshop for you!

Learn the fundamentals of patio construction in a fun, energetic, hands-on environment. While not strictly dry stone walling, flat-work is a common part of many projects. Doing a good job starts with a good foundation, and finishes with an attractive pattern of stone. This workshop will teach you how to do flat-work that stays flat and attractive for decades.


  • Stairs Workshop 4/8/18
    April 8, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

This workshop is all about building dry stone steps. You will learn tips and techniques to build several types of stone steps. Layout, design, stone shaping, tool use, and methods for handling large stones will all be part of this workshop.


  • Women's Introductory Indoor Workshop 4/14/18
    April 14, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

A chance to learn from the women in North America who are DSWA Certifed Instructors! This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, landscaper/gardener, artist, or hobbyist. Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq ft of wall (one side), using natural round fieldstone. You will learn all the basic rules of structural walling that can be applied to any type of stone and project.


  • Retaining wall workshop 4/28/18
    April 28, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

Here in the North East, many of the walls people are building are retaining walls. While all the principals of a free standing wall apply there are additional rules and methods to follow when building retaining walls. The focus needs to be on a sound structure that will last for generations. Local round field stone will be used for this wall. The rules and principals learned here can be applied to all retaining walls whether hand-built or those built with equipment.


  • Batter Frames Workshop 4/28/18
    April 28, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Proper set up and use of batter frames and string lines is a real challenge for many wallers. We continually hear from examiners that poor use of string lines is one of the biggest reasons that wallers fail certification tests. You will learn multiple ways to build frames and use string lines to improve the efficiency of your building process and quality of the walls you build.


  • Stone Shaping 4/29/18
    April 29, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop will spend the day learning about how to shape stones for use in dry stone walls. Participants will be introduced to a variety of stone types, and how to work with them. Both hand and power tools will be demonstrated and used. The stone shaping portion will focus on efficient practices, learning how to look at a stone and judge how to shape it, as well as proper use and care of tools.


  • Test Preparation Workshop (5/5/18)
    May 5, 2018
    7:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Test Preparation Workshop (5/6/18)
    May 6, 2018
    7:30 am - 3:30 pm

This workshop is intended for those planning to take a certification test. Learning tips and tricks to help you pass, while you practice build for your test.


  • Two Day Workshop: Feature Build (5/5 & 5/6/18)
    May 5, 2018 - May 6, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is perfect for the artist, homeowner, landscaper, mason, or enthusiast looking to start learning about how to build dry stone walls, or to improve your skills. We will be building a permanent wall on Scott Farm or in the Masters Park that will incorporate some artistic features. The design has yet to be finalized, but it will be fun! This workshop will follow the typical two-day format. It is suited to beginners and those with previous experience. The workshop will run 9:00am-5:00pm each day with a 1/2 hour lunch break. This workshop is open to everyone.


  • Slate Lettering & Relief Carving (5/5/18)
    May 5, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop

Learn to carve slate! In this workshop participants will learn techniques for carving slate, and then apply those techniques to create permanent signs for The Stone Trusts Master Feature park.


  • Spring Walling Day (5/12/18)
    May 12, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    - 1-day workshop attendance

Already been to workshop? Want to build more but don’t have a wall to work on? Than this walling day is for you! Come work on a wall along side a few experienced wallers and instructors. This is a day for you to gain experience without lots of dedicated teaching time. There will still be instructors around to answer questions and help with trouble spots. This walling day will help you gain confidence in your walling and practice in a real world environment with irregular field stone. The atmosphere will be nice and relaxed. 9am to 5pm with a break for lunch. This event is open only to those who have taken a workshop at the stone trust, or are certified wallers.


  • Introductory Workshop 1-day: 5/19/18
    May 19, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, hobbyist, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls. The workshop site is located just 1 hour from Boston. Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall…


  • Bridge Stone Shaping (1 of 3) 5/20/18
    May 20, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Small Arch Workshop 6/16/18
    June 16, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge Site Prep 8/26/18
    August 26, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge Tour 9/7/18
    September 7, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge Build 9/8/18 & 9/9/18
    September 8, 2018 - September 9, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop will spend the day learning how to shape stones for use in an arched bridge. The main priority will be making the voussoirs (tapered stones forming the arch). Both hand and power tools will likely be demonstrated and used.

This stone shaping workshop will focus on making the stones needed for the bridge build in September. However, these techniques can be applied to all kinds of stone shaping and walling. The assumption is that participants taking this workshop already know at least the basics of dry stone walling. This workshop will delve into stone shaping and to a much greater level of detail than workshops that focus on wall building.


  • Site Prep Workshop at Eureka Rd (6/8/18)
    June 8, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Workshop Level: 1. Up to 16 participants with Learn how to rebuild a historic field wall in a beautiful Vermont setting. Participants will be guided through the preparation for rebuilding a dilapidated field wall using the local field stone. This workshop is an excellent professionals, homeowners, hobbyists, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls. Workshop participants will learn the needed site preparation for building a wall. Participants will be lead through discussions of sourcing and selection stone to use, and preparing the foundation. For the better part of the day, participants will be learn from and be working along side the instructors setting up batter frames and sorting stone for building.


  • 2-Day Workshop: Eureka Rd. (6/9 & 6/10/18)
    June 9, 2018 - June 10, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Learn how to rebuild a historic field wall in a beautiful Vermont setting. Participants will be guided through all aspects of rebuilding a dilapidated field wall using the local field stone. This workshop is an excellent professionals, homeowners, hobbyists, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls. Participants will learn all about setting foundation stones, building and hearting the wall, throughstones, and copes!


  • Small Stone Arch Workshop: Scott Farm (6/16/18)
    June 16, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge stone shaping (2 of 3) 6/17/18
    June 17, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge Site Prep 8/26/18
    August 26, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge Tour 9/7/18
    September 7, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge Build 9/8/18 & 9/9/18
    September 8, 2018 - September 9, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Learn the basics of building dry stone arches. This course will focus on building arches up to a few feet in diameter. Work with natural stone to create artistic and structural builds.


  • Bridge Site Prep (8/26/18)
    August 26, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge stone shaping (2 of 3) 6/17/18
    June 17, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Small Arch Workshop 6/16/18
    June 16, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge Tour 9/7/18
    September 7, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge Build 9/8/18 & 9/9/18
    September 8, 2018 - September 9, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop will spend the day getting ready for the bridge building. We will be finishing excavating for the foundation, setting in foundation stones, building and placing the form work, and other tasks needed to get ready to build a bridge. This is the workshop where you will really get to see all the components laid out and learn math behind the design and more.


  • Bridge Tour (9/7/18)
    September 7, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Small Arch Workshop 6/16/18
    June 16, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge stone shaping (2 of 3) 6/17/18
    June 17, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge Site Prep 8/26/18
    August 26, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge Build 9/8/18 & 9/9/18
    September 8, 2018 - September 9, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Learn about the amazing dry stone bridges (and perhaps a few mortared ones) of Southern New Hampshire. This guided tour will get you an up close look at some of the best historic examples of dry stone bridges in New England. Open to everyone!

More information coming soon!


  • 2-Day Bridge Building Workshop: (9/8 & 9/9/18)
    September 8, 2018 - September 9, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Small Arch Workshop 6/16/18
    June 16, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge stone shaping (2 of 3) 6/17/18
    June 17, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge Site Prep 8/26/18
    August 26, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge Tour 9/7/18
    September 7, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Learn to build a dry stone arched bridge. This workshop will culminate the bridge building series with a two day build of our farm road dry stone arched bridge.


  • Bridge Stone Shaping (2 of 3) 6/17/18
    June 17, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Small Arch Workshop 6/16/18
    June 16, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge Site Prep 8/26/18
    August 26, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge Tour 9/7/18
    September 7, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge Build 9/8/18 & 9/9/18
    September 8, 2018 - September 9, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop will spend the day learning how to shape stones for use in an arched bridge. The main priority will be making the voussoirs (tapered stones forming the arch). Both hand and power tools will likely be demonstrated and used.

This stone shaping workshop will focus on making the stones needed for the bridge build in September. However, these techniques can be applied to all kinds of stone shaping and walling. The assumption is that participants taking this workshop already know at least the basics of dry stone walling. This workshop will delve into stone shaping and to a much greater level of detail than workshops that focus on wall building.


  • Bridge Stone Shaping (3 of 3) 7/15/18
    July 15, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Small Arch Workshop 6/16/18
    June 16, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge Site Prep 8/26/18
    August 26, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge Tour 9/7/18
    September 7, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Bridge Build 9/8/18 & 9/9/18
    September 8, 2018 - September 9, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop will spend the day learning how to shape stones for use in an arched bridge. The main priority will be making the voussoirs (tapered stones forming the arch). Both hand and power tools will likely be demonstrated and used.

This stone shaping workshop will focus on making the stones needed for the bridge build in September. However, these techniques can be applied to all kinds of stone shaping and walling. The assumption is that participants taking this workshop already know at least the basics of dry stone walling. This workshop will delve into stone shaping and to a much greater level of detail than workshops that focus on wall building.


  • Introductory Workshop 1-day (7/14/18)
    July 14, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, hobbyist, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall…
Participants will be lead through setting foundation stones, building and hearting, setting throughstones, and copes!


  • 2-Day Galloway & Single Stack Workshop: (7/28 & 7/29/18)
    July 28, 2018 - July 29, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This specialized two day workshop will teach two building techniques traditionally used to build field walls when large stone was the readily available building material. The Galloway wall is built with small stones making up the bottom half of the wall, with the large stones placed above. A single stack wall is built much like a stack of firewood, with big irregular stones. Tens of thousands of miles of these wall types exist in New England, and they were built because they made the best use of the material at hand and are fast to build.


  • Introductory Workshop 1-day (8/25/18)
    August 25, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is an excellent introduction to dry stone walling for the homeowner, hobbyist, or anyone interested in Dry Stone Walls Over the course of the day each participant will build about 25 sq. ft. of wall…
Participants will be lead through setting foundation stones, building and hearting, setting throughstones, and copes!


  • Test Preparation Workshop (9/22/18)
    September 22, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Test Preparation Workshop (9/23/18)
    September 23, 2018
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

This workshop is intended for those planning to take a certification test. Learning tips and tricks to help you pass, while you practice build for your test.