Introductory Stone Wall Workshops

Photo By Emily McManamy

Our introductory workshops for homeowners and tradespeople promote the beauty and integrity of stone. The one-day workshop focuses on the basic techniques for creating dry-laid garden retaining walls and free-standing walls using field stone and rounded cobbles. Workshops are held January through March in"warm" barn in Milton, Vermont. The workshops are hands-on — working directly with stone native to Vermont. Tuition for the one-day workshop is $150 and includes lunch. The workshop series has been featured in Vermont Woman Newspaper and on Vermont Public Radio.

"The stone wall workshop awoke a new passion and appreciation for stone. In just one day-long class, we were equipped with the enthusiasm and skills to build four beautiful stone walls with gathered materials from our property." — Cynthia Cole and Fred Erdman, Richmond

Registration. To register for a workshop date above, print and fill out registration form 2019 registration form (PDF ~ 133.95Kb)

Registration. To register for a workshop date above, print and fill out registration form 2019 registration form

Winter 2019 Workshop Schedule

The one-day workshops are held at Aaron Smith's Barn in Milton, VT on Saturdays, 8:30-3:30, unless otherwise noted below. Directions will be updtes soon!

January 19 | February 9

March 2 | March 16

Registration. To register for a workshop date above, print and fill out the [registration form] and send in with tuition payment. Space is limited. To check availability, contact us anytime.

Stone Work Certification

Community Workshops

Collaborative Projects

DSWA Test Day, Hinesburg, 2010 (+)
Rosie's Girls, Winooski, 2009 (+)
Vermont Flower Show, Essex, 2011 (+)

For general information about the DSWA certification: Dry Stone Walling Association

Dry Stone Walling Association

Upcoming DSWA events in Vermont:

Dummerston, Vermont
The Stone Trust of Vermont is offering one- and two-day workshops as well as certification test dates in 2017.

DSWA wallers in Vermont featured recently in Seven Days, in Vermont Life Magazine and Equinox Magazine.

Each year we work with community groups and schools to organize workshops for permanent stone creations. We share the basic wall building principles and bring attention to the excellent work these groups and organizations do in Vermont.

Recent Community Workshops

Old Stone House Museum
Brownington, 2014-2017
Boundary wall

VNA End-of-Life Programs
Colchester, 2013
Reflection garden

Vt Community Garden Network
Burlington, 2013
Teaching garden herb spiral

Vt Trails and Greenways Council
Richmond, 2012
Retaining wall

Part of the joy of stone work is collaborating with other professional wallers in projects that demonstrate the possibilities with dry-laid stone.

Recent Collaborations:

Vermont Flower Show
Essex Junction, 2017 & 2015
Sculpture & Double-arch bridge

Hunt Middle School
Burlington, 2011
Bread oven

Vermont Flower Show
Essex Junction, 2011
Stone stupa and arch

Shelburne Museum
Shelburne, 2010
Demonstration walls

"Charley is passionate about his craft and excellent at working with community members to shape ideas into a design, and the design into reality." --Brian Williams, Principal, The Sustainability Academy at Barnes, Burlington.

Ontario Foot Bridge (+)
Shelburne Museum Demonstration Wall (+)
Sustainability Academy Herb Spiral (+)