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Lime Mortar - Beginners COURSE FULL!

5th August 2014 - 6th August 2014 | Ebworth Centre, Gloucestershire
| £109
Course Provider: Cotswolds Conservation Board
Two day course gaining "hands-on" experience repairing and restorating an authentic 18th century Cotswold building using traditional lime mortar techniques

Course description: This course is designed for those wishing to grasp some of the basic skills of working with lime mortar. The course will look at lime putty and hydraulic lime, sands and the use of horse hair. Mixes and recipes for different applications.Hands on experience of pointing, plastering, (onto stone and laths)  rendering, and stone repairs. We will look at mixing and applying limewash and mixing colours.

The course takes place on and within a dilapidated gardeners cottage in the old orchard on the Ebworth estate. One of the important objectives of the courses being held here is to repair the fabric of the building so that your work will be available for subsequent courses to learn from. This is an intense course which will be tailored to meet the requirements of the participants where possible.

 Notes and Limitations

  • The course is partly outside and so you should be prepared for all weather conditions
  • Lime doesn't come off clothes easily, if at all, and you will get some lime on you.
  • The course is aimed at home owners and beginners, the instructor will pass on many tips and tricks as well as the usual established techniques. However, it does not seek to be  definitive or prescriptive and so some content may contradict what you may have already been learned elsewhere

 

John Byrne has 24 years of lime mortar experience and this course offers a small window into his knowledge. You won't become an expert over the weekend but you'll know more about one of the most important materials in the history of building and how it easily be used on your own building.

What do you need to know: No prior knowledge or experience is required. This course is ideal for those who have very little knowledge of lime mortar and want to learn more!

Instructor: John Byrne is a self-employed lime mortar specialist with over 20 years experiecne working with lime mortar and plaster in the repair and restoration of historic buildings. John is also an excellent dry stone waller and has won the Board's dry-stone walling competition on two occasions (2004 & 2010). As well as teaching courses for the Cotswolds Conservation Board John has also taught lime courses at York University. For further information about John and his work visit  www.jblimeplastering.co.uk/ where you will also find John's blog on previous courses that he has ran for the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

What to bring on the day: All materials and equipment provided. You will need to bring appropriate clothing, hardwearing footwear and a packed lunch & drink.

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