“After the completion of our first ABCT training course we took our previous and new skills and undertook the complete restoration of the old boot makers shop at Sevenhill, Clare Valley, South Australia. The old shop is a four main room solid stone construction building that dates back to 1850 and well worth restoration. A business was established and other maintenance projects have been undertaken at locations such as Martindale Hall but the main task remains the boot makers shop restoration which is expected to take the best part of three years as it is a complete gut and rebuild. We have undertaken two more ABCT course since the first one. All have been well run professional courses that have greatly added to our knowledge of traditional stone masonry and heritage restoration techniques. We look forward to completing more ABCT courses in the future to further improve our knowledge and to take on other projects to preserve the State’s stone heritage once the restoration of the old boot makers is complete.”

Steve Knight and Pierre Heath
Sevenhill Stone

“If you are passionate about restoring and maintaining our country’s historic stone buildings and are looking to gain valuable skills and potentially expand your business, I highly recommend you attend one of the many workshops run by Keith McAllister, director of Applied Building Conservation Training.  Earlier this year I had the opportunity to work on the heritage listed Cantara homestead in the heart of the Coorong.  Keith’s knowledge of stonemasonry, lime mortar technology, and salt damp remediation acquired from working on historic sites in Australia and abroad is vast.  He is passionate and committed to share his expertise with others so that these tried and tested methods are not lost to future generations.  A rewarding and enjoyable hands on learning experience which could as it has for me open up new doors and job prospects.  5 stars”

Craig Thiele

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