Search for stone masons to assist medieval build

Published 11/08/2015 | 00:00

Volunteers will have the chance to chance to use the Medieval Mortar Mixer, which was installed in the park in January.
Volunteers will have the chance to chance to use the Medieval Mortar Mixer, which was installed in the park in January.

Local stone masons, plasterers and specifiers are being invited to lend their skills at a very special weekend workshop in the National Heritage Park.

The 'Lime Jamboree', organised by Building Limes Forum Ireland in association with Wexford County Council, will be a festive event aimed at promoting built heritage and the craft of traditional masonry. The event will run from August 28 until August 30 as part of National Heritage Week.

Organisers are searching for skilled volunteers to take part in a medieval piggery build, led by author and stonemason Paul McAfee. The build, which will run over the weekend, was organised to help demonstrate traditional masonry using hot-mixed lime and earth mortars renders. Volunteers are advised to contact Yvonne at yvonne@ivormcelveenassociates.ie

Over the weekend there will also be various workshops organised under this year's theme, 'Industrial Heritage'.

Taking place on Friday, the demonstration workshop is being cited by organisers as a 'must attend' event. The workshop, which is specifically targeted at stone masons, plasterers and specifiers, aims to introduce the preparation and use of hot-mixed lime mortars and renders to locals.

Saturday and Sunday will host a workshop demonstration for the public, which includes a theatrical style informative talk accompanied by hourly demonstrations.

Places on the course cost €100. For those living locally, Wexford County Council are subsidising the course, allowing them to attend for the reduced price of €25.

Wexford People

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