This year the Flintman Company will continue to run its well-established one day practical courses on flint, and its use in architecture. These courses are aimed at private individuals as well as Architects and Conservation and Planning Officers. Regular courses are held in East Sussex, the Chilterns and Oxfordshire. The next course will be held on Thursday 25th April 2019 in Lewes, East Sussex.

The use of traditional building materials such as flint is an essential element in the promotion of ‘local distinctiveness’. Our courses emphasise the importance of flint as a material and of good practice in flint construction and conservation. Here, we provide a brief description of our course on repairing flint structures. Other courses follow a similar pattern.

The emphasis of the day is  both practical and informative. The first part of the morning is split between: flints history, styles and good building practice and mortars analysis, looking at lime, matching and making. The rest of the day is spent ‘hands on’: mixing mortars, (re)pointing and preparing and relaying flints. Throughout the day discussion and debate revolve around the needs and concerns of both the contractor and the planning supervisor. Advice is given on determining the condition of walls: What to specify? Which flints to use? Which sand? Which lime? Where can you get supplies from? Where to obtain further advice?

By the end of the day all participants will have had a reasonable opportunity to repoint and rebuild a section of a flint wall and to share experiences and concerns about overseeing flint work professionally. All participants should end the day equipped with the knowledge to assess, advise and give specifications on flint work, or even to take on small personal projects. At the end of the Course participants receive course summary notes and are awarded a ‘Continuing Practice Certificate’.

Each course has a maximum number of participants. Numbers are kept low to ensure all levels and interests can be catered for. The day starts at approximately 9.30 and ends at 4.30pm. Lunch is provided together with tea and coffee throughout the day. All materials, tools and safety equipment are supplied.

Individual tuition or specially designed group courses can also be catered for. Course venues are fully accessible. Please call to discuss your special requirements. The next group course will now be held in Lewes, East Sussex on Thursday 25th April 2019. If you are interested in coming on a course, require further information or would like to go on the mailing list please contact David Smith on (07973) 384057, Tel: (01273) 556827 or contact us here.