Practical Courses

GERARD OFFERS BESPOKE COURSES ON SITE AND IN HIS OWN WORKSHOP FOR SELECTED AND ESTABLISHED CRAFTSPEOPLE, DEDICATED TO THE ACQUISITION OF HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE AND TRADITIONAL SKILLS. HISTORIC FORMS OF JOINTING AND POINTING, LIMES, LIME MORTARS, GAUGED BRICKWORK, TUCK POINTING, GAUGED ARCH AND NICHE CONSTRUCTION, CARVED AND CUT AND RUBBED BRICKWORK INCLUDING GEOMETRY.

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Limes & Lime Based Mortars

The course will consist of practical demonstrations and activities that will involve the student in using limes of various forms.

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Historic Forms of Jointing and Pointing

Exploring the historical and technical development of jointing and pointing from the Tudor period to the early 20th century.

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Introduction to Tuck Pointing

The aim of the course is to instruct students in the history, skills and knowledge of decorative finishes within Tuck Pointing.

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Advanced Tuck Pointing

This course builds on the Introduction to Tuck Pointing Course. It will look at the techniques, tools and materials required to produce tuck pointing to the highest of standards.

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Introduction to Gauged Brickwork

The aim of the course is to instruct students in the history on the history, knowledge and an insight into the practical techniques of Repairing Post-fired ‘Cut & Rubbed’ and Gauged Brickwork.  Detailed course notes written by the tutor underpin the lectures and practical sessions.

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Advanced Gauged Brickwork

This course follows on from the Introduction to Gauged Brickwork.  In this course the student will examine gauged arch construction, studying by way of classroom and workshop activities: Terminology, Geometry, Setting-out a flat and camber arch, Establishing templates for voussoirs, Selecting, preparing and cutting rubbers to voussoirs. Detailed course notes written by the tutor underpin the lectures and practical sessions.

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Bespoke Courses

Gerard runs successful bespoke training opportunities from his own workshop that can be tailor made to suit any student’s requirements and tutor any aspect of historic brickwork.

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NVQ3 Heritage Brickwork Specialist Apprenticeship

The Construction Skills National Specialist Team works with specialist sectors within the construction industry and has developed a range of Specialist Apprenticeship Programmes (SAPs). These provide training for small sectors where no provision exists within the FE college system and meet the demand for qualifications away from traditional providers.