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Bricklaying for Amateurs, Assington Mill, Sudbury, 4th March 2017

Author: Assington Mill Published: 12th February 2017 11:27


Bricklaying for Amateurs, Assington Mill, 4th March 2017

A one-day course to help you learn how to build walls, curved walls, plinths, brick edgings, brick paving, and shed bases.

Mac Knox Weir will explain about brick bonds and when to use them, pointing and re-pointing, arches, mortars, which bricks to use and why.

This is a mainly practical course.  We will be using lime mortar and you will certainly get dirty!  In the morning, you will practice constructing small walls on tables indoors.  After lunch, you will be working outside on a paving project, unless the weather is really too bad.

Comments from past students:

  • An excellent introduction to a subject I feared.  Bob M 

  • Excellent leader, know the subject backwards!  Lots of information – all very useful – be useful to have some information sheets – too much to memorise!  Excellent location, even in the snow. 

  • Seemed to be a mis communication on bringing own tools, but plenty were provided.  Mac v knowledgeable on everything – interesting and informative style.  

  • Shame weather was inclement and couldn’t go outside, but it has given me lots of confidence to go and make lots of paths, walls etc. in the garden.  Didn’t even know I could use lime mortar – thought it was just for putting on walls of old houses.
  • Excellent, what a character.  Learnt loads and had a great day.  Thank you.
  • Mac was excellent.  However, I would have liked to cover less subject matter in order to better practice learning.  Very enjoyable course and lovely food.
  • Mac should have his own show!  Clare B.
  • Excellent as usual and food delicious!
  • Very interesting.  Mac is a knowledgeable man who can get his learning across in a direct and funny way.  Worthwhile course!  Julie B.


Materials are included in the fee.
Also included is Jane Schofield's excellent book, "Lime in Building".

What to Bring

(Google Axminster Tools for a full range)
If you don’t want to buy these items, we can probably lend you some of them.

    •    Work gloves
    •    Strong shoes or boots
    •    Overalls
    •    Shovel if you have one
    •    6" gauging trowel
    •    Spirit level
    •    Mortar hawk
    •    Soft hand brush
    •    Disposable saw
    •    Kneeling cushions or knee pads
    •    Protective eye-wear, such as goggles or special glasses




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