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Building and conservation courses across the UK. Workshops and teaching courses lead by experienced builders and building conservation experts. Learn about lime plaster, render, pointing, tile and slate roofing, stone masonry and traditional windows.

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Next course on 4th March 2017
Practical dry stone walling course in Central London. These one day workshops are held at Red Cross Garden 50 Red Cross Way SE1 1HA. They are a 'hands on' introduction or improvement for DIY and interested persons of all ages over 16yrs. You will take down a dry stone wall (DSW) and stack out in the appropriate manner. You will build a DSW and learn the heritage and craft overview and geological terms of the...
Image for Stained Glass Classes Bradninch, Exeter, Devon- Beginner to Intermediate - Copper foiling/Leading/Painting/Enameling
Next course on 26th February 2017
Stained Glass is an amazing craft, colourful, decorative and adaptable to many different forms. This course is student led, encouraging you to pursue the area of your interest. The course includes both "Tiffany" copper foiling and Leaded styles. There is also the provision for doing glass painting, silver staining and enamelling (such painted work needs to be fired after the class, for incorporation into a piece in a subsequent class or as a single piece...
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Two day dry stone walling course for beginners This course runs several times a year, usually between May & October. 6th & 7th May - Gorse Hall, Gorse Hall Lane, Stalybridge 5th & 6th August - Harrop Edge, Lark Hill Road, Dobcross, Saddleworth 21st & 22nd October - Harrop Edge, Lark Hill Road, Dobcross, Saddleworth Please ring or email for a booking form All of our courses are suitable for both beginners and improvers and...
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Next course on 4th March 2017
Lime Pointing: introductory one day course at Lincoln Castle. Learn how to point with Lime! On this one day course you’ll gain an understanding of why we use lime in historic buildings, the different applications of lime and how to mix lime mortar and wash. Our focus will be on the practical elements of working with lime. You’ll get hands-on and have a go at pointing a wall with lime mortar, including prepping joints, placing...
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Next course on 18th May 2017
Repair and maintenance of traditional windows - one day course at Lincoln Castle. Discover how to repair and maintain traditional windows! If you live in or work on buildings with traditional timber windows this course is for you. With a focus on sliding sash windows you’ll learn what makes up a traditional sash and case window, look at some common faults and simple repairs and be shown simple ways to improve the thermal efficiency of...
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Beginners’ Dry Stone Walling Course - weekend in the Yorkshire Dales The courses run from approximately 9:00am to 4:00pm over Saturday and Sunday and run throughout the year. Please get in touch for dates. During a training course you will: - Learn the basic principles of dry stone walling - Contribute to the conservation of our valuable local dry stone walls - Enjoy working in the countryside in a structured but informal atmosphere - Be...
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Next course on 27th May 2017
Traditional lime plastering course at Lincoln Castle. Discover the possibilities of Lime! A one day course aimed at those with little to no understanding of plastering which will introduce why we use lime based plasters in traditionally constructed buildings, take you through the different stages of plastering with lime and look at the different mixes for each layer and application. You’ll discuss how to patch-repair lime and hair plaster and touch on decorative work. This...
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Next course on 25th February 2017
Try the beautiful craft of stained glass. Colourful, inspiring, and fascinating. The courses are aimed at beginner to intermediate level and are student led, that is you chose what you would like to make rather than being given a limited range of choices. This is the list of ongoing classes running at The Welsh Mill Hub, Park Hill Drive, Frome. The course will cover glass cutting, creating a design, leading, copper foiling and returning students...
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Next course on 19th May 2017
Traditional slate roofing weekend A opportunity to get to grips with traditional slate roofing! On this one day course you'll learn the basics of shaping, fixing and replacing slates and how junctions between slate and lead sections of roofs interact. You’ll have a go at shaping lead through bossing and welding. This course is suitable for beginners who want to understand traditional roofing better and would be particularly beneficial for homeowners, professionals and mainstream roofing...
Image for A Dry Stone Walling Workshop Bedfordshire
Next course on 11th March 2017
One-day dry stone walling course. A unique opportunity to take part in constructing a 2m high, Permanant Dry Stone Boundary wall, in the heart of the Bedfordshire countryside. Probably the tallest DSW structure in the region !! These workshops are a 'hands on' experience to the introduction or improvement for DIY and interested persons of all ages over 16yrs. You will assess the ground and setting out of building pins, batter frames and lines. You...