Above: In 2004, students visited this early 12 th Century chapel ruin on the Isle of Anglesey in Wales .
Our 2004 group studying late Roman masonry ruins in Wales .
Staying with host families provides a unique opportunity to experience the culture of the countries we visit.
Students have the opportunity of experiencing the restoration of the masonry on many medieval buildings and World Heritage Sites.
Each year for the past three years, John has taken a group of students from Snow College’s Traditional Building Skills Institute to England or Wales. They have had the opportunity to study masonry restoration techniques and work on historic buildings throughout England and Wales.
In the spring or summer of 2008, John is returning to Europe with another group. This is in the planning stages, so please contact us if you are interested and we will keep you posted on the details. John is very excited about this upcoming trip!
John recently returned from the 2004 TBSI study abroad trip to Wales. This year they were privileged to be able to work on Pen-y-Bryn. This medieval tower was the home of Llewellyn Fawr and was built early in the 13 th century. The students were able to visit Conwy Castle, Beaumaris Castle, ancient stone ruins on the Isle of Anglesey, as well as take a side trip to the city of York and a visit York Minster. John was excited to also include some of Abstract Masonry Restoration’s own craftsmen in this trip to further educate them on how best to serve you with your historic masonry needs.
In 2003, John took 14 of his students to England to restore some historic stone masonry structures. The students consisted of architects, owners of historic properties, contractors and students enrolled in the building construction program at Snow College . All participants were required to attend John's 3 day hands-on historic masonry restoration workshop before traveling to England so they were equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to properly restore old masonry.
After consultation with the local city mayor in Bacup England , a dilapidated historic stone structure near the city center was selected for the project and was 100% restored. Generous host families in England provided housing and food. This assisted in keeping the cost of the experience extremely affordable, and allowed the participants to experience the culture of the typical English family. The last few days of the days of the trip were spent touring the historic city of York England where the students were able to learn more about historic stone masonry and architecture at the famous York Minster built nearly 800 years ago.
If you are interested in attending John’s workshops, or receiving more information on any of these study abroad opportunities please e-mail John at firstname.lastname@example.org