One of the most endearing features of a building with stone is that although they are static to the touch, the ability to create geometric patterns constructed from stone which become fluid to the eye. Stone has added valuable allure to construction for thousands of years.
Outdoor building needs to be able withstand the elements and selecting stone as the building material is a good choice because once you have designed and installed stone, you can expect it to last for a long time.
This is your opportunity to join Martin Stautner for a full weekend where you will learn everything you need to be able to plan, design and install boarders or stone flooring in your own creative style.
The weekend is a truly hands on practical learning opportunity working alongside Martin, a master craftsman who is able to demonstrate how to turn your vision into reality. This is the ideal opportunity to further hone your skills, continue your journey and ignite your creativity to be able to design your own projects!
Stones are extracted from quarries in the earth or dug out of the side of mountains, and in their raw state they tend to be highly textured. When purposed for different aspects they are cut down and refined into smaller tile and slab pieces that are easier for use in construction.
While the specific properties of different types of natural stone will vary, they all do tend to have certain shared characteristics. That makes it easier to classify and identify relevant options, the locations where they can be successfully used, and the maintenance precautions that will be required over the life of the stone installation.
If planned well and built on good level ground, stone will help to draw together and provide connection between other elements as well as making the area easy to clean. Depending on the expected level of foot traffic the type of stone used should be selected for appropriate hardness to provide durability. The other aspect to consider is the porosity of the material and its ability to resist staining.
Depending on the size and scope of each project, the design can become as intricate as you would like as the only limitation are your imagination and the time you want to spend on the project. The stone should create a durable timeless installation that compliments the elements and the environment.
This workshop will be conducted on site through field sessions where students will start by reviewing and participating in the design process and evaluating how to draw together the perfect stone, function and form.
Students will gain an appreciation for the theory behind each technique as well as becoming familiar with all of the tools used in working with rock as your building medium.
Through the workshop you will learn how to appreciate, visualise and lay out a variety of stone designs.
Stone Masonry techniques you will learn about include:
- Review options for designing a beautiful and functional solution
- Levelling Ground Area – Checking with Laser Level
- Observing, evaluating and categorising rocks
- Hand skills and safety for splitting rocks for use as pavers
- Loading Out – Setting up the rocks in preparation for laying
- Laying stone
- Mortar preparation
- Jointing Techniques
- Brushing up
Our teacher will take you through each step of the process for laying out and preparing stone. Through demonstration and by guiding each student we will work together throughout the weekend. The teacher offers his experience as a master craftsman and he will share the knowledge to enable students to actively participate in all elements of the design and laying process and stages.
This learning opportunity will bring together the very best experience working across many different stone projects which will benefit students who share a passion for building structures that outlast a lifetime.
Our goal is that you will complete this course with the ability and confidence to design timeless stone installations with a range of different patterns and stone materials .
When I finish this course, what will I know?
At the end of the weekend you will have developed a competent knowledge of how to design and lay different styles of using specialised tools of the stone masonry craft. You will be clear about how to identify and select rocks and the lines for splitting pavers including the final touches of pointing and brushing up the job.
This workshop is designed to form part of a stone masonry journey that will connect a series of projects together to create functional and beautiful installations at your chosen location.
Included in your workshop fee
Your fee includes all food for the day such as organic woodfired pizza with farm fresh home grown ingredients as well as morning and afternoon tea prepared on site using whole foods, fermented food and raw food.