Earlier last week, we had the pleasure of introducing 20 S5 students from Coatbridge High Schools - St Ambrose, Coatbridge, St Andrews & Portland to a range of traditional building skills including lime plastering and stone carving as part of the Coatbridge Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS). Each of the students designed their own Masons’ Marks and under the guidance of our Principal Stonemason Trainer, Scott MacAskill were taught the rudiments of carving their Marks into tablets of natural limestone. Their next task involved introducing strands of goat hair into lime plaster in readiness for plastering onto panels of wooden laths, where the hair content helps to form nibs or rivets between the laths on the back face of the panels. The students were also tasked with sorting a range of building materials used to construct traditional buildings including brick, sandstone, timber, natural slate, rosemary and pan tiles into ‘natural’ and ‘manmade’ materials. Thanks to our local professional photographer, Tina Norris for taking the action shots.
Shirley Penman, Coatbridge CARS Project Officer said “ Its really important to our project in Coatbridge to raise the awareness amongst young people of the materials and techniques used to construct traditional buildings and the possible career opportunities in traditional craft skills that are available, keeping traditional craft skills alive means we have the capacity to care and repair our important historic built environment”.
Our Director, Roz Artis said “it was very rewarding to introduce the students to various traditional craft skills, something they might not have been able to access without the sponsorship of the Coatbridge CARS”.