Dean finishing in situ run arch with lime plaster

Phil Bailey 

Heritage Plastering     

Until recently I taught plastering at an inner London further education College .Due to the cuts the construction department was closed. I am now  contracting and have (at present) more work than I can cope with. It seems there are no young people with skills to do this kind of work. I know ! they should open a college of further education and train some young people or is that too complicated  Anyway when I was teaching I was lucky enough to have dedicated learners whose enthusiasm helped us to develop the courses beyond the rather simple demands of the present qualifications.We developed what  can be called the Heritage side of our trade.We designed ,set out and made projects using traditional materials and techniques,some of which we had to discover for ourselves as the skills were not readily available Most of the work was done ,in situ by the learners ,not by the tutors and passed off as evidence, I would like to know how people feel about this type of training ,is it relevant ,worth pursuing or are the education managers right to say it is a minority interest with no value in the modern construction industry? Judging by the reaction of many of the young learners there is still appreciation of real design ,craft or what ever you want to call it.Once young people have the skills they can innovate, developing new design ideas and new opportunities

 finished lettering  interior textured lime plaster

Shaq cutting out lettering to lime plater

Eddie casting external brackets from rubber  mould

finished vermiculation

The two Dannys setting out for Vermiculated rustication

archway under construction

Running mould for  plaster corner

Exterior rustication with run plinth in lime plaster

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