Welcome to The Stone Trust

Established in southern Vermont in 2010, The Stone Trust’s mission is to preserve and advance the art and craft of dry stone walling.  We do this through an expanding program of educational events and outreach projects. The Stone Trust is a multifaceted resource engaged in preserving the natural use of plentiful stone in simple, gratifying ways.

The Stone Trust Center is the only facility in North America that provides year round educational and DSWA certification opportunities for all levels and abilities. The Stone Trust is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization. It relies on contributions from people like you to keep it’s programs going. Help us continue to preserve and advance the art and craft of Dry Stone Walling!

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From the Blog
    Garden Dialogues 2017: Vermont – Featuring Dan Snow
    Posted June 14, 2017

    EVENT DETAILS

    On Saturday, July 15th, The Cultural Landscape Foundation will sponsor a garden dialogue with Robin Key of RKLA Studio in conversation with artist, Dan Snow.

    July 15th from 2 – 4 PM
    Borderline Farm
    2455 Spring Hill Road
    South Londonderry, VT 05155

    Tickets for Garden Dialogues are tax deductible and proceeds benefit the educational programs of The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

    2.0 LA CES™ Professional development hours will be available to attendees.


    Summer workshops at Eureka Rd in Springfield VT
    Posted June 14, 2017

    We have had a few questions about what the stone will be like at our Eureka Rd. Training Site in Springfield VT. Workshop preparation work started yesterday, so now that we have done some clearing you can get a sense of the stone in the photos and video available here.

    The stone tends to be a mix of tumbled granite glacial till, along with some pieces of the local ledge which is a mix angular shapes with occasional flat ones. Most of the stone is reasonably shape-able, so will will have some hammers out at the workshops.


    Pricing Products and Services – Excerpt
    Posted June 14, 2017

    “How much should I charge?” and “How much do you charge?” I’m frequently asked these questions by people thinking about starting a new business or getting into a new product line or service. Prices are a common topic of conversation for those of us already in business, and we frequently compare our prices to those of others.

    Financial success in business amounts to bringing in more money than goes out. If pricing isn’t realistic, it doesn’t matter how hard you work: the business won’t last long. Remember, it’s not how much money that goes through your business that is important, it’s how much money sticks!


    1st hard copy Member Newsletter ever!
    Posted June 13, 2017

    The Stone Trust’s 1st ever hard copy member newsletter has just been sent out today! If your a member it should be arriving soon. If not sign up as a member and we will sent it right out to you!

    This 16 page newsletter contains exclusive content that dry stone wallers and wall enthusiasts will find informative and interesting.


    Waller of the Month: Daniel Peterson
    Posted June 13, 2017

    Daniel Peterson (Minnesota), featured in The Stone Trust’s 2017 Calendar, says of his work “HabAdapt, my business, was born the day I realized my design work focused on adapting home landscapes to meet the habitat requirements for native life. The wildlife supported includes plants, arthropods, and birds. These thriving entities then sustained the earth by enhancing soil. The functional components are aimed at utilization of sustaining and sustainable materials. The materials molded together beautifully. All of my designs and projects incorporate permaculture design principles to work with nature rather than against nature. I have a passion for traditional construction techniques including dry stone walling and Japanese garden design. www.habadapt.com


    Northstone 58˚– Scottish Dry Stone Walling Festival
    Posted June 9, 2017

    If you are in Scotland This July, be sure to check out Northstone 58˚ The Dry Stone Walling Festival in Scotland July 7-9, 2017.

    The second Northstone 58° Stonefest is the UK’s only Dry Stone Festival and also the world’s most Northerly, up here just above a Latitude of 58 degrees It is based in Thurso, Caithness, Northern Scotland and being held on the 7th to 9th July 2017. Itinerary for 2017 Festival.


    Master Class: Foundations Part 2
    Posted May 12, 2017

    In the last edition of Stonechat the basic principles of building foundations out of reasonably regular shaped stone were dealt with. Here we take a look at what to do with essentially triangular shaped stones.

    In part 1 the need for adjacent stones to butt up against each other with as much of their internal edges touching as possible was dealt with. This reduces the chance of stones being forced out of the wall. Triangular stones can present a problem in achieving this.

    The diagram left, taken from a photograph of some foundations constructed out of oolitic’. limestone, illustrates how to deal with these. The ideal is to find a stone to match the slope of the triangle, butting tightly with it. This is not always possible and the important thing is not to place two triangular stones next to each other. Try to ensure that the stone next to the point of a triangl


    An Evening of Dry Stone with Sally Hodgson – Taking place on May 20th!
    Posted May 12, 2017

    Sally Hodgson will be giving the key note presentation at our Evening of Dry Stone Event. The presentation is titled “The Adventures of a Dry Stone Waller” – looking at walls and stone structures around the world, including the scholarship she received from the Winston Churchill Trust. Sally’s talk will be fully illustrated and is both humorous and enthusiastic!

    Sally is one of only 3 women ever to have attained Master Craftswomen (Level 4) Certification. She is the only certified Master Craftswomen still active in walling, and the only women ever to be come a Dry Stone Walling Examiner. Sally currently runs a dry stone walling training facility in England with several other wallers, and is also a farmer in Derbyshire England.


    Volunteers Needed!
    Posted May 12, 2017

    The Stone Trust Needs Your Help!
    Wed. and Thurs. May 17 and 18, 9am – 4pm

    We are looking for as many volunteers as possible to help with getting ready for the May 19 – 21 workshops!

    The key tasks will be:

    Moving stone in preparation for our new wall in the Masters Park
    Shaping stones for building cheek ends
    Preparing the site for our stairs workshop (4 sets of stairs!)


    Photos and More from the Examiners Standardization
    Posted May 2, 2017

    In addition to being Certified Master Craftsmen, Examiners for dry stone wall certification tests need to attend the Standardization event at least twice every 6 years. There is a lot to being an examiner and to the standardization event. The standardization event is based around a test day where actual test candidates are taking their tests. Examiners mark each wall as one would during a normal test day, but don’t confer on the marks. Until the following day when all the examiners marks are tallied. The examiners than discuss what why they what they saw and why they marked the way they did. This discussion allows all examiners to be able to score as evenly as possible.


Upcoming Stone Trust Events
    October 6th, 2017 Site Prep Workshop at Eureka Rd. (Springfield VT)
    Friday October 6, 2017

    Set on a 200 acre property of field and forest, this is a fantastic location to learn the craft of dry stone walling. This is a site preparation workshop that is intended to be paired with the dry stone wall building workshop happening on the following two days. This workshop can also be taken independently of the weekend wall building workshop. In this 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 working along side the instructors setting up batter frames and sorting stone for building.


    Walling Workshop Sept. 2014
    October 7 and 8, 2017 stone wall workshop at Eureka Rd. (Springfield VT)
    Saturday and Sunday October 7 and 8, 2017

    Set on a 200 acre property of field and forest, this is a fantastic location to learn the craft of dry stone walling. This dry stone walling workshop will teach how to go about building a dry stone wall. It is intended to be taken as a stand alone workshop or can be paired with the site preparation workshop happening the day before. In this workshop participants will learn how build a traditional dry stone wall in a real world, field wall, setting. Learning how to make the best use of the available stone will be a key part of this workshop. Participants will be guided through setting foundation stones, working with guide strings, building the first lift, placing through stones, building the 2nd lift, and and setting cope stones.


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