Learn by doing the stonework
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.