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Repointing Brick & Stone Workshop
posted 06/09/2017  
Craftwork Training Center
Telford, PA
08/11/2017 - 08/11/2017

MAS-01 Repointing Brick & Stone Structures

Craftwork Training Center will help you leave no stone unturned!

Whether you're a craftsman, architect, artisan, or someone who simply loves old buildings, join us for a half-day workshop to learn the basics of repointing brick and stone structures.

Although generally considered permanent, masonry is subject to deterioration, especially at the mortar joints. Lime mortar acts as a bedding material (similar to an expansion joint) instead of a glue for the masonry units--allowing moisture to migrate through the joints rather than through the brick and stone. Mortar that is stronger in compressive strength than the surrounding brick and stone will not be flexible, causing stresses to be relieved through the masonry units and resulting in permanent damage to the brick and stone in the form of cracking and spalling. Good repointing practices guarantee the long life of the  mortar joint, the wall, and the historic structure. This hands-on workshop introduces the basic principles and work practices needed to repoint brick and stone structures using our lime mortar. The lecture, demonstrations, and hand-on exercises cover the properties of natural hydraulic lime; tips for selecting and mixing lime mortars; and cleaning, filling, repointing, and tooling joints. To ensure an exceptional learning experience, the class size is limited.

After completing the workshop participants will:

  • Know how to care for and use the tools of the trade.
  • Understand the fundamentals of repairing and maintaining historic stone and brick structures.
  • Recognize the properties of breathable mortar and how it impacts the life span of historic masonry.
  • Be able to clean, fill, repoint, tool, texture, and brush joints to match the existing masonry.
  • Know the steps to dismantle and reset loose bricks or stone.

Book MAS-01 (Aug. 11, 2017) online at https://www.shoplimeworks.us/store/p483/MAS-01 or call 215-536-1776 to register by phone.


Craftwork Training Center teaches time-honored skills and fine craftsmanship using intensive hands-on training in preservation masonry and carpentry techniques. Our workshops enable students to repair, restore, and stabilize historic structures and their components. We also emphasize construction principles, current and emerging industry standards, preservation practices, and sustainable materials.
All of our workshops include lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on learning and are held on the beautiful campus shared by LimeWorks.us and Craftwork Training Center located at 3145 State Road, Telford, PA 18969 (unless noted otherwise). Detailed descriptions of our workshops and a complete schedule of our 2017 programs can be found online at http://craftworktrainingcenter.com/course-catalog.php

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