Carving & Other Services

Gerard also provides a bespoke carving service, is a prolific technical author, a natural presenter, experienced in, and can offer expert witness services, to legal practices and provides independent product evaluation for a range of companies with products aligned to the building craft.

Bespoke Gauged Brickwork Carving

Gerard specialises & accepts commissions for setting out and building precisely scaled gauged work set with fine joints of less than 1mm to then carve for a finished gauged brickwork carving

As an internationally acclaimed master brickmason with a natural artistic talent, whose passion for his craft solely revived the knowledge and skills of its highest expressions seen in ‘cut and rubbed’ and ‘Gauged brickwork from almost total oblivion, it is not surprising that he is also a superb carver.

Coat of Arms Carved By Dr Gerard Lynch
Coat of Arms Carved By Dr Gerard Lynch

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Creating this involves a lot of work: typically around 80 hours. Taking full-size rubbers, rubbing them dry on bed, stretcher and header faces to be perfectly square to one another ready for measuring and marking out. Each one of  the  several miniature bricks, or ‘briquettes’ are then in turn cut, rubbed, laid with fine joints of less than 1mm.

These are then carved in ‘bas-relief’, a sculptural technique allowing the area of the carving to project from, yet belong to, the background surface brickwork upon which it is sculpted. Then the task of gradually sculpting the intricacies of the carving commences. This is, understandably, the longest task to complete requiring artistic skill, care and patience whilst manipulating the mallet and various types of chisels, files and abrasives, working a series of planned passes across the surface to gradually delineate and shape all the detailing.

A critical eye and the vital ability of being able to visualise three-dimensionally images drawn in two-dimensions is absolutely critical to successful sculpting. Furthermore the degree of difficulty is greatly magnified because carving fine detail to a very small scale in a material like brick, a small grain of material suddenly appears huge and becomes significant. Great care is needed when sculpting the finer details; but that is where high-level skill combined with experience plays an important part. It is due to this that it was decided to have the Livery Company name and motto neatly engraved onto polished metal strips and attached on the top and bottom of the presentation box.

It is this class of work, that raised artisans to the status of a Brickmason, termed a ‘Red Mason’.

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This service is unique to Gerard.

Televised & Film Authenticity Works

Dr Lynch is widely acknowledged as a first-rate speaker whose wide grasp of the English language and the ability to talk with eloquence – and as so often remarked on “…without irritating umms and errs!” – allows him to share his passion in an engaging manner that enthuses.

Gerard’s talent as a natural presenter has been utilised on a number of mainstream television programmes, including BBC, Wall to Wall, ITV, How London was Built , Discovery Home & Leisure, The House.

Offering a unique viewpoint of the the cultural & visual sides of historic masonry,  he has also worked in an advisory capacity for the behind the scenes work for a number of TV series to help recreate historically correct scenes, backdrops/visuals etc.

A fully comprehensive expert witness

Gerard is experienced in, and can offer expert witness services, to legal practices  on dispute, impasse or loss in any field related to Historic, Decorative, Post-war Modern, brickwork, its craftsmanship – quality and ability.

Listed below are some of Gerard’s publications available that highlight the wide spectrum of topics his knowledge covers:

  • Gauged Brickwork A Technical Handbook, Gower Publishing , Aldershot, June 1990, revised in 2006
  • Technical article on gauged brickwork for Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings , 1989
  • Brickwork History, Technology and Practice, Volumes one and two, Donhead Publishing, London , June 1993
  • Structural Survey Magazine, History of English Brickwork parts 1 & 2, volume 11 no.4 1993, volume 12  no.1 1994
  • Brickwork: Failure and Decay – College of Estate Management 1997
  • Lime Mortars for Brickwork: Traditional Practice and Modern Misconceptions – Journal of Architectural Conservation,  part 1 March 1998, Part 2 July 1998.
  • Gauged Brickwork: Tracing the Netherlandish Influence,  ASCHB Transactions, Volume 23 1998
Working within industry

Gerard is on the board of the Building Limes Forum, and the National Heritage Training Group, where he collaborates with other industry experts to set strategy and Direction. Gerard designed the NVQ 3 Heritage Special Apprenticeship Programme  for CITB and is also an accredited NVQ 3 Assessor.

Gerard provides independent product evaluation for a range of companies with products aligned to the building craft, to ensure that they are field tested by him and competent craftspeople whose valuable feedback is encompassed in to the product design and marketing process, he adds real value, and has been involved in many successful product trials and assessments.

Author of various documents

Dr Lynch is renowned for the quality of his writing of his reports, specifications etc. He is also regularly called on to write articles for various technical, historical and homeowner magazines.

Gerard is a prolific technical author for a number of publishers including Donhead and Elsevier, having produced numerous publications and peer reviewed papers and articles as well as consumer features in monthly periodicals in the UK and USA. He  is the author of Gauged Brickwork: a Technical Handbook, Brickwork: History, Technology and Practice (2 volumes) and ‘The History of Gauged Brickwork, Conservation, Repair and Modern Applications, and numerous peer-reviewed papers and articles across a wide range of subject areas. He is frequently asked to review and input into other Author’s work to bring his knowledge to a wider audience.

Providing unique training opportunities

for clients such as, The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, National Heritage Training Group, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, National Trust, English Heritage. Also site specific training of craftspeople, such as gauged brickwork, for the restoration of the Queen Anne Summer House, Old Warden Bedfordshire, Simpson Conservation.

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