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, Geometry.

The course will consist of practical demonstrations and activities that will involve the student in using limes of various forms, backed by talks covering: The variety of limes and their uses, the current issues and suitability of purpose (no lime is a bad lime if properly used.) Non-hydraulic and hydraulic limes, traditional and modern preparations. The decay of buildings and why historic buildings need lime. Detailed course notes written by the tutor underpin the lectures and practical sessions.

Learning outcomes

  • To gain an enhanced understanding of how lime-based mortars should be selected, prepared, used and cared for to ensure successful re-pointing that performs as intended
  • To raise awareness of the many reasons why OPC-based mortars are wholly inappropriate to re-point traditionally constructed masonry built with lime mortars.

This can also be combined with the Historic Forms of Jointing & Pointing course.

This course is a two-day course consisting of illustrated lectures, demonstrations and hands-on practice, which explores the historical and technical development of jointing and pointing from the Tudor period to the early 20th century. The theoretical and historic background will be covered including the tools, materials, mortars and practice. It will also examine the consideration or successful re-pointing. Detailed course notes written by the tutor underpin the lectures and practical sessions.

 

Learning outcomes

 

  • To provide an in-depth understanding of the historical joint profiles and why these developed
  • To raise awareness of the degree of aesthetic impact the various joint profiles have on a brick facade
  • To appreciate the tools, materials, equipment and craft skills required to recreate historic joint profiles accurately and with subtlety
  • To fully appreciate all the many and differing philosophical and practical guidelines that that must be taken into careful consideration before embarking on re-pointing any brickwork
  • To raise awareness of the damage that can be caused by ill-considered tools, equipment and practical methods to remove inappropriate and earlier re-pointing

This can also be combined with the Limes & Lime Based Mortars course.

This is a 5 day course enriching practical tuck pointing techniques, The aim of the course is to instruct students in the history, skills and knowledge of decorative finishes within Tuck Pointing. Detailed course notes written by the tutor underpin the lectures and practical sessions.

 

Learning outcomes:

  • Increased knowledge of the many varied aspects of tuck pointing at an advanced level
  • Developed the knowledge base and pointing skills to a much higher level and increase further his craft status
  • Further developed awareness and understanding to promote the conservation aspects of this class of work.

 

Note : The Introduction to Tuck Pointing course is a pre-requisite to the Advanced Tuck Pointing course.

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 and though up to date is based upon historical facts and contemporary documents of the 18, 19th and early 20th centuries. Detailed course notes written by the tutor underpin the lectures and practical sessions.

 

Learning outcomes

  • To increase knowledge of the many varied aspects of tuck pointing at an advanced level
  • To develop the knowledge base and pointing skills of the student to much higher level and increase further his craft status
  • To further develop awareness and help the students understanding and promote the conservation aspects of this class of work.

 

Note : The Introduction to Tuck Pointing course is a pre-requisite to the Advanced Tuck Pointing course.

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.

 

Learning Outcomes

  • How to analyse the appropriate materials, tools and techniques for a specific task
  • The practical skills necessary to undertake basic gauged brickwork
  • The underpinning knowledge for success in the above

 

Note : The Introduction to Gauged Brickwork course is a pre-requisite to the Advanced Tuck Pointing course.

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.

 

Learning outcomes

  • To increase knowledge of the many varied aspects of gauged brickwork at an advanced level
  • To develop the knowledge base and cutting & rubbing skills of the student to much higher level and increase further his craft status
  • To further develop awareness and help the students understanding and promote the conservation aspects of this class of work.

 

Note : The Introduction to Gauged Brickwork course is a pre-requisite to the Advanced Tuck Pointing course.

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, these can be elements from standard courses, to specific disciplines such as vault construction, tuck pointing bay windows, wigging, bastard tuck pointing,  niche construction & arch geometry.  He is unique in reviving and offering training and education in the highest expressions of craft skills.

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.

This knowledge and expertise has now been applied to the built heritage sector. The National Specialist Team are working with industry experts to develop a range of Heritage Specialist Apprenticeships for – brickwork, carpentry, joinery, specialist leadwork, plastering (fibrous and solid), painting & decorating, stonemasonry, wall and floor tiling.

A combination of 30 days off-the-job training (college or private provider) and on-the-job, in-company training takes the candidate through a series of modules providing the underpinning knowledge and practical skills required to work in the built heritage sector of the construction industry.

Assessment and award of the Heritage Skills NVQ will be achieved by the candidate gathering evidence from the workplace, under the guidance of a recognised Assessor, building up a portfolio matching the requirements of the Heritage Skills NVQ.

The training specification for Heritage Brickwork  designed by Gerard  provides the apprentice/trainee with the necessary fundamental, historical, theoretical, technological knowledge and the fundamental practical skills to be proficient in working on the conservation, repair and restoration of traditionally built brick buildings from the 15th century onwards.