Natural Stone Building Courses (X 2)

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 19/05/2018 - 20/05/2018
1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location
Paramytha

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********* Practical Natural Stone Building Courses (x2) ***********

Last Autumn Justin Thacker (https://www.facebook.com/Dry-Stone-Wallingpointing-in-and-around-Forres-1802920703308569/?view_public_for=1802920703308569) came to stay and his knowledge and enthusiasm for the stones in our area and building with stone got me hooked and resulted with us building half the outdoor Rupunzel tower shower together which we are looking forward to finishing this time round (I’ll post pictures in the event). Various friends stopped by to help and learn and we felt it would be a great skill to re-ignite and spread around the island on which we are blessed with a natural abundance of great stone.

******************* Things to consider *****************************

These are hands on workshops – the more time you spend building, the better your ability to recognize the best stones to use,how to use them, and ultimately the more naturally building with stone will become to you. For this reason we would recommend you make the most of the opportunity and attend as many of the days as you are able.

It is highly recommended that if you want to build anything with stone you start learning to build ‘dry’.. It is much more challenging and much more skillful but it will mean just that – you will be a more skillful natural builder. Having said this though you are of course able to jump straight in and start building with lime.

Building with stone is a physical endevour so keep this in mind (you will be lifting and placing numerous stones as you build) but of course everyone will have the freedom and ability to set their own pace. For this reason we have limited the hours of the workshop to just 5 hours including breaks.

Please DM me or Justin to confirm your place so we can ensure you have a specific place to work and especially for building with lime so we can organise the necessary materials before the event based on numbers of people coming.

************* Part 1 -Learn Dry Stone Walling *****************
Saturday May 19th and Saturday June 2nd
13.00 -18.00
Will Cover:
• How to identify stone for building with
• Dressing stone
• Foundation stones
• Building with stone
• Cope stones
• Supervision building a dry stone/retaining wall

The price will include:
• tea and a small microgreen salad with bread

*********** Part 2 Learn how to use lime (It is advisable that you know how to build with stone before using lime) ****************
Saturday 26th May and Saturday 9th June
13.00 -18.00
Will Cover:
• Knocking up lime
• Building with lime
• After care of lime
• Pointing
• Supervision building and knocking up lime

The price will include:
• Lime, sand and mixer
• trowel and bucket
• tea and a small microgreen salad with bread

************************ Cost ************************

These workshops are on a donation basis – for dry stone walling we would suggest 20euros and for building with lime 30euros (extra cost to cover materials). We really want everyone who wants to learn to be able to come. If money is an issue please still come. Having said this I would also love to contribute to Justin’s ticket out here and for his time, skill and knowledge so if you can give the suggested price – or more – please do.

************************* Dates ************************

Dry Stone Walling: Saturday May 19th and Saturday June 2nd
Building with Lime: Saturday 26th May and Saturday 9th June
Times: 13.00pm to 18.00pm

******************** What to bring ***********************

Please bring with you sensible cloths and shoes, sunscreen, food, a water container and a pair of gloves.

PLEASE DM ME OR JUSTIN TO CONFIRM YOUR PLACE SO WE CAN ENSURE YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC PLACE TO WORK AND ESPECIALLY FOR BUILDING WITH LIME WHERE WE WILL NEED TO ORGANISE MATERIALS BEFORE THE EVENT BASED ON NUMBERS OF PEOPLE COMING

For the Facebook event, please go here.

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