Historic Masonry Conference Series Launched
IMI PCC instructor Mike Kassman demonstrates cleaning equipment at the hands-on portion of the Historic Masonry Conference.
Co-sponsored by the City of Annapolis and the Maryland Historical Trust, the inaugural session was held in the colonial city, which was founded in 1649.
IMI PCC instructor Mike Kassman discusses traditional mold making techniques.
Columbia University professor Norman Weiss, a leading expert on traditional material analysis, shared some historic mortar sleuthing tips.
Preservation industry icon and Columbia University professor Norman Weiss held forth on historic mortar analysis, discussing both the sleuthing and specification pitfalls. Restoration of Michigan's historic Fort Mackinaw, presented by Christman Company President Ron Staley and Dan Schiffer of Schiffer Mason Contractors, covered the logistical as well as technical challenges of working on a remote site. Preservation architect Lorri Sipes, FAIA, discussed condition assessment, from investigation to specifications, and stressed the importance of good relationship between architect and craftworker.
The popular craftworker demonstrations in historic plaster, mold-making and pointing/cleaning/caulking brought home the critical need for proper training. IMI/BAC trains both BAC craftworkers and contractors in restoration, with technical seminars and hands-on training programs, to meet the growing demand.
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