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How to Save Money with your Historic Restoration Project

Picking the Right Product for the Job Labor, materials, consultations, and other similar expenses are all factors that can really rack the price up of any restoration or construction project. Everyone would agree that the lower the cost of these expenses the better; however, always choosing the cheapest option may not be in the best […]

Regional Heritage Charleston, South Carolina

For the record, Doug Scott a local mason to Charleston for over 25 years, had a hand in all this! The history of Charleston, South Carolina is one of the longest and most diverse of any community in the United States, spanning hundreds of years of physical settlement beginning in 1670 through modern times. After […]

Regional Heritage Lancaster, Pennsylvania

For the record, Randy Ruth a graduate of the Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, had a hand in all this! Originally called Hickory Town, the city was renamed after the English city of Lancaster by native John Wright. Lancaster was part of the 1681 Penn’s Woods Charter of William Penn, and was laid out by […]

Misc Training Work

The following are examples of training work we have done. We have provided training for volunteers of non-profit run historic sites and for contractors as specified by preservation architects for other projects: Here’s an example of an all volunteer workshop lead by Andy deGruchy over a two week period. The group saved the little historic […]

2012 APT/PTN Convergence Workshop at American College of the Building Arts (ACBA)

Charleston, SC – September 30 to October 4, 2012 Before Cap is missing bricks on both ends of entrance arch to ACBA Huge crack needed to be stitched and grouted on the side of the entrance to ACBA Original bricks were missing on the front wall of ACBA Close up of cap bricks missing at […]

Mentoring Young Masons at the Speakers House

Trappe, Pennsylvania, USA – May 2009 AiP’s project at The Speaker’s House had a different format than usual, but all involved agreed it was a huge success. This project was open only to young people interested in pursuing masonry conservation as a career. Andy deGruchy, a historic masonry specialist, is so concerned about the shortage […]

“Mind the Gap” – Traditional Chinking and Daubing

12th annual International Preservation Trades Workshop , IPTW 2008 “A Place for the Trades” Barre, Vermont. July 18-20, 2008 Andy deGruchy – “Mind the Gap” – How to make Traditional “Log Chinking” (Daubing) Material and “Burnt Sand Mastic A troublesome area to mend is where brick and stone meet window and door frames, eaves or […]