Stone Work – taster day
Saturday 23 February
Harehope Quarry, Frosterley, Bishop Auckland Co. Durham DL13 2SG
9am – 4pm
mob: 07525 345088
The North Pennines is a national hotspot for the stone industry. It has an enormous diversity of practice relative to the rest of the UK. With proper branding, the region could become the one-stop shop for master-planners and architects across the UK in pursuit of solutions, excellence and professionalism when planning the stone components of major developments.
This regional strength stems, in part, from the complex and varied geology of the North Pennines, recognised internationally through its UNESCO Geopark status. Dolerite, limestone, and sandstone are all quarried for a host of purposes. Operators range from multinationals to one-man bands. There are many award-winning stonemasonry businesses. There a stone tool suppliers, slate roofers, dry-stone wallers, decorative stone merchants, monumental masons and sculptors. Much of this capacity is in the hands of micro-enterprises and sole traders.
You could be part of this rich fabric of excellence. Come and get your hands on some local stone, learn about North Pennines geology and discover what it takes to pursue a career in stone. Leading the session is sculptor and Master Craftsman dry-stone waller Ewan Allinson. A hands-on introduction to dry-stone walling and stone carving will be followed by discussions over the sector’s future growth and the skills and knowledge relevant to that growth. Ewan is also founder of the Stone Academy and STONE Festival (www.stonefestival.wordpress.com<http://www.stonefestival.wordpress.com/> ) which are new initiatives, based in Teesdale, that are setting out bring focus to this regional strength. The Stone Academy aims to offer an accredited foundation course in a variety of skills/disciplines relevant to the sector from 2014 and in the meantime is working with schools and colleges to give students a taste of those skills and inspire then to be part of the stone renaissance.
mob: 07525 345088
Sturdy footwear and outdoor gear are advisable as the hands-on sessions will be held outdoors.