In the past four years, I have done several presentations to historical and genealogical organizations who were interested in my work, or who wanted some instruction for their members before starting on a cemetery cleanup in their area.
I am willing to share my knowledge and experience with your group and do cemetery walks to advise you on what can be done by trained and willing volunteers; I will also hold training/workdays with members to demonstrate "best practices" in gravestone conservation. Similarly, if you would like for me to speak to your group, I have a PowerPoint presentation of some of my jobs and can follow up afterwards with a question-and-answer session for those wanting to learn more. While some conservation work should be reserved for a skilled conservator, many simple things like cleaning and straightening can be done by properly trained volunteers.
Contact me if you would like more information on either at 979-836-7715 OR
Presentations and Workshops
The following photos show the process to fabricate a base for a tablet-style stone. Click on the photo to read more.
The following photos show how a tablet is mortared into a socket base. Click on photo for caption.
Thoughts for Spring
Metalwork (fences, grave enclosures, crosses) in cemeteries is often overlooked when stonework is being considered. DON’T make the mistake some cemeteries have in allowing a sandblaster to ‘blast’ the object(s) and spray paint them. The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) in Nachitoches, LA is the federal government’s laboratory for formulating and testing methods and products for conservation. Their study shows that conservation of metal objects needs to be as focused and stringent as that for gravestones. Currently, I am studying metal conservation and should be able to provide that service, if needed, later this year. Contact me if you have any questions regarding metal conservation.
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