Lime mortar skills course at Fyvie Castle

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A two-day ‘hands-on’ course will be held at The Scottish Traditional Skills Centre, Fyvie Castle, later this month on thepractical use of lime in building.

The course, to be held on June 27 and 28, encompasses the theory and practical use of lime as opposed to cement-based mortars, in the conservation , repair and maintenance of traditional buildings, walls and other stone-built structures.

The course focuses on the techniques involved in mixing lime mortar and its application in pointing and harling, as well as the correct use of tools and materials.

It is aimed at construction industry professionals, architects, estate staff and private individuals, as well as staff and members of organisations involved in conservation and regeneration projects.

The course is available for a maximum of 12 participants and delegates will receive a certificate acknowledging their successful completion of the course. The course runs from 9.30am to 4.30pm and there will be a sandwich lunch, as well as tea/coffee and refreshments provided.

The course will be led by Hans Norling and Andy Newcombe, both Master Craftsmen, highly experienced in the use of lime mortars in a wide variety of applications.

Over the past 17 years Hans and Andy have been involved project managing and leading teams of specialist masons working on major building conservation, repair and maintenance projects throughout Scotland.

Those attending will be required to wear stout footwear and outdoor clothing. Boilersuits, hard hats, safety goggles & gloves will be provided.

The course fee is £175 per delegate inclusive, and a place on the course will be secure by sending a cheque for the course fee £175 made payable to “Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre”, c/o Towie Barclay Castle, Turriff, AB53 8EP.

For further information: 01888 511 347.