Archive | October, 2014

Update: Apprentice Ruairi Sweeney

Ruairi Sweeney has recently finished his Stonemasonry Apprenticeship through the Traditional Building Skills Bursary Scheme. He completed his Heritage NVQ Level 3 and has now been offered a position with his Placement Provider - Fairhurst Ward and Abbotts. FWA specialise in conservation work and has managers and craftspeople working for them, who share a large resources of skills and […]

Alice Ward – Apprentice Stonemason

What have you been up to so far at Worcester? What have been the highlights? What have you learnt? I’m really lucky at Worcester that I get the opportunity to work every piece through each stage. I have made drawings/templates, worked the stone, taken out the old one and replaced/fixed the new. We use almost […]

James Palmer – Apprentice Blacksmith

 James – in his own words “I began training to be a blacksmith in 2011 at Hereford College of Technology. I studied and trained there full time for two academic years, in which I gained a solid grasp on what it is to be a blacksmith and produce high quality pieces of ironwork. The emphasis at […]

Update on Apprentice Stonemason Neil Marchant

              “This photograph shows the space left by two removed vousoir hood moulds. The stones were trimmed to a depth of ten inches allowing the new stones’ centre of gravity to be behind the wall line and thus reduce the risk of them tipping forward. The fixing of the […]

Jenny’s trip to Mount Stewart

                 In Jenny’s own words I went to Mount Stewart to see the restoration project that is currently taking place. Some of the work being done is redecoration - including specialist techniques like marbling. Whilst I was there I got to watch some of the work being carried out […]