Classes

We teach classes in masonry, plaster stucco, tuckpointing, and repointing.

Passion For Teaching

Historic Preservation

Since 1979

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When looking at masonry architecture it is easy to see the beauty but what most people pass by is the expertise and passion that goes into laying every stone and brick. A historic building that has lasted this long we should focus on what has worked for the last thousand years instead of focusing on making things that we think are better. But history has shown us what has worked.

Classes are Available For One Hour Up To Five Day Classes:

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Differences between new construction and why Rome is still standing thousands of years later.

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What historic mortar is and understanding mix designs.

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Tuck Pointing

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Brick and stone replacement laying

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Stone splitting and dressing

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Stone wall dry laying

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Historic plastering (Lime/ gypsum)

“Masonry was not made to divide men, but to unite them, leaving each man free to think his own thoughts and fashion his own truth.”

– Joseph Fort Newton

plaster stucco

Plaster has been around for thousands of years for walls, floors, and hearths. Throughout history, plaster has made many developments starting from clay mud to create walls, floors, and hearths. It developed into using lime and gypsum for decoration on architecture and for statues. These classes focus on the proper evaluation, condition assessment, and repairs to historic plaster systems from ceiling to walls and stucco.

Classes are Available For One Hour Up To Five Day Classes:

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Proper removal and replacement of historic plaster

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Stabilization of plaster

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Wood lathe, metal lathe, and dry-wall repair

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Lime plaster, gypsum plaster, and lime/gypsum plaster

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Polished plaster and Italian plaster

“I’m going to do the old “Plaster Removal” technique and get it over within one go.”

– Ian Watson

tuck pointing and repointing

In order to preserve history, we must know how to preserve the architecture that surrounds us every day. Understanding pointing and re-pointing can help to restore old buildings to their former glory. These classes range from the fundamental understanding of the original base materials and designing a new replacement mortar for:

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Standard brick lime mortar

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Standard stone masonry mortar

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Aggregate selection

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Raised bead/ Grape vining

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Stone splitting and dressing

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Squeeze bag application

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Brick and stone removal and replacement

Classes are Available For One Hour To Five Days

“Architecture begins when you place two bricks carefully together. There it begins.”

-Ludwig Miles van der Rohe

Building Renovation Classes

Check out our video going over the details of our classes.

Pricing

Prices based on local classes not including travel costs.
Please note that these prices are estimates. Please reach out for a more accurate estimate of the class and travel costs.

Upcoming Classes

Plaster Repair/Paint Stripping

9-12-20

Instructors: Sharon Ferraro & Blair Bates
Students: 6 in each class
Location: Sexton's Lodge, Kalamazoo, MI

Stone Masonry

9-12-20

Instructors: Blair Bates
Students: 6 in each class
Location: Tillers International, Scotts, MI
Tuition: $295 includes materials

MHPN’s 40th Annual Statewide Conference

9-20-20 to 9-23-20

1 Hour Presentation
Location: Fetzer Center, Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan