Learn by do­ing the stonework

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

Cen­tral Otago’s land­scape is filled with his­toric stonework and those who want to learn how to restore some of the re­gion’s most sig­nif­i­cant fea­tures can take part in a course next week. The two-day in­tro­duc­tory restora­tion stone­ma­sonry course is be­ing hosted by the new­ly­formed His­toric Places Cen­tral Otago. It will be led by Keith Hinds, one of the most sought af­ter restora­tion stone­ma­sons in Cen­tral Otago, and par­tic­i­pants will learn while work­ing on a cat­e­gory one his­toric place at But­lers Farm, in Fruit­lands. But­lers Farm owner Nick Tay­lor said the course would be a ben­e­fit to any­one wish­ing to learn more about stone­ma­sonry ‘‘or sim­ply a be­gin­ner about to start on that old wall at home or con­tem­plat­ing build­ing a new stone wall’’. The hands-on course would cover stonewall con­struc­tion and lime and mud point­ing, and would pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on en­gi­neer­ing re­quire­ments to save a semi-col­lapsed stone barn on the prop­erty. Places limited to a max­i­mum of 20 par­tic­i­pants.

Restora­tion class: But­lers Farm owner Nick Tay­lor stands by a his­toric fence in need of restora­tion on his prop­erty in Fruit­lands, a cat­e­gory one his­toric place.

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