Basic Masonry Skills

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By popular demand, we have introduced this new two day course which is suitable for those with limited or no experience and wish to attain basic stonemasonry skills on natural sandstone blocks.

9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
SLCT Trainers

Merryhill Training centre

£ + VAT

Learners will be introduced to the tools and materials required to produce a flat surface on a block of sandstone and then effect different surface tooling with margins as found on many of our historic buildings. Learners can take home their practice stones at the end of the day.

Course Suitability

This practical course is aimed at those individuals with little or no experience in cutting and dressing natural stone. You might be a building contractor working on masonry buildings and structures and just want to learn basic masonry skills for stone or you might be a time-served or semi-skilled operative who needs to add to his skills set and be able to tackle more complicated masonry repairs. We are always happy to help learners choose the right course so please contact us if you would like to discuss which course is suitable for you or your employees.

Learning Outcomes

  • How to take a stone out of ‘twist’ to true level and plumb
  • Put a true flat surface on a slab of stone
  • Effect different tooled surfaces, eg stugged, broached, droved and rock faced finishes

Course Programme

Day 1

  • Health and safety – including use of ‘Airstream’ hoods to minimize inhalation of airborne crystalline silica
  • Introduction to the tools used to cut and dress natural sandstone blocks
  • Taking a stone out of ‘twist’ using 4 wooden blocks and 2 squares
  • Production of a true flat surface on a block of sandstone

Day 2

Produce different surface tooling finishes including:

  • Broached
  • Droved
  • Stugged
  • Rock faced, all within tooled margins on one block of stone.

Other sources of funding are also available.
To find out more click here.

Please note: The Scottish Lime Centre Trust reserves the right to withdraw or modify any course being offered. In the event of a programme being withdrawn, we will try to find suitable alternatives.

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Scottish Lime Centre Trust is a charity registered in Scotland No: SCO22692

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