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Surface Repair of Stone Course

14 – 15 November 2017
Training Centre, Fife

In many cases, simple surface repairs can be less intrusive and a suitable alternative to replacing masonry units with new stone. You will be amazed at the results you will be able to achieve after only two days! This course is designed to ensure successful surface repairs to flat work, angles, corners and moulded details. The decay mechanisms of stone will be discussed and we will consider the factors to that should be taken into account when deciding if a surface repair is a suitable alternative to replacement with new stone.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the mechanisms that cause stone decay and the instances where surface repairs are an appropriate alternative to replacement with new stone;
  • Understand the interaction between surface repairs and background material;
  • Ability to execute surface repairs to stone in a variety of materials.

Course Outline

  • Determining repair requirements to decaying stone;
  • Determine a repair strategy considering scaling, salts, case hardening, damage from inappropriate materials and damage from impact;
  • Surface preparation – cutting out decayed material;
  • Fixing anchorages and cramps;
  • Making templates and moulds;
  • Undertaking surface repairs in appropriate materials;
  • Finishing work – tooling methods, matching to surrounding stone, using the correct tools
To book a place on our Surface Repair of Stone course, please click here, email  or call on 01383 872722.

Rubble Wall Building Course

1 – 2 November 2017
 Merryhill Training Centre, Fife

Time: 09.30 – 16.30

This practical two day course will equip you to set out, construct and finish a traditional rubble wall using a variety of building stones and traditional lime mortars. The importance of laying the stones correctly and the use of pinning stones will be emphasised so that no more than 30% of the volume of the wall is mortar!

The content of this workshop provides part of the underpinning knowledge required for assessment and accreditation of SQA National Unit 3 – ‘Conservation Masonry’.

Course suitability

This practical course is aimed at masonry contractors and those undertaking repair works to traditional masonry structures. You should be reasonably fit and able to lift 25kg safely. We are always happy to help learners choose the right course. Please click hereto contact us or telephone 01383 872722 if you would like to discuss which course is suitable for you or your employees.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understanding the construction of mass walls;
  • Understanding traditional building technology;
  • Understanding the importance of laying masonry units correctly with pinning stones to effect sound and weatherproof wall construction;
  • Understanding the range of binders, sands and aggregates for making traditional mortars including ‘hot’ lime mortars;
  • Ability to undertake accurate mixing of mortars for repeatability and cost effective work;
  • Understanding the setting characteristics of lime mortars


To book a place on this course, please click here, or call us on 01383 872722.


Triumph of Illusion

Friday 3 November 2017
Greenwich, London

Traditional Paint Forum are hosting annual conference ‘The Triumph of Illusion’ at Admiral’s House, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich on Friday 3rd November.  We have a fabulous programme of speakers as well as a tour of the conservation works being undertaken to the ceiling of the Painted Hall, so it should be a fascinating day. Further details and information on how to book can be found in the attached document.

Bookings can be made through Eventbrite page.

Traditional Paint Forum Annual Conference ‘The Triumph of Illusion’

3 November 2017
London, Greenwich 

The Traditional Paint Forum  is pleased to announce our annual conference will be held on Friday 3rd November 2017 at the Admiral’s House, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich. The topic for the conference is ‘The Triumph of Illusion’. We will be examining the historic and contemporary use of paint to deceive the eye!

Conference attendees will have the opportunity to take a tour of the ongoing restoration works at the Painted Hall.

Book your ticket here


Maintaining Traditional Buildings Course

27 October 2017
Charlestown Workshops, Fife 

Time: 10.00 – 15.00

A must for anyone who owns or is responsible for a traditional building.

The seminar provides the perfect starting point if you are considering undertaking some simple repairs yourself or will enable you to speak your builder’s language and be confident that you are being given the correct advice.

This seminar will outline the maintenance that traditional buildings require and attendees will gain an understanding of traditional building techniques and the correct materials to use when undertaking repairs. This will also be an excellent opportunity to speak to the Scottish Lime Centre Trust’s expert tutors about your project, attendees are welcome to bring along photos and mortar samples for some specific advice.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to traditional buildings;
  • Damp – problems and solutions;
  • Masonry repairs;
  • Roofs and general maintenance;
  • Sash and case windows;
  • Timber decay & repair;
  • Harls and renders;
  • Limewash and traditional paint

To book a place on this course, please click here, visit our, email or call us on 01383 872722.