Training Course: Practical Lime Course

Practical Lime Course
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Since 1996 over 3,000 home owners, builders and professionals have come on our Practical Lime Course to gain hands-on experience in using lime mortars and lime plasters for the repair and maintenance of traditional buildings.

The Practical Lime Course offers an introduction to the use of the different types of building lime followed by practical sessions on the following:

  • Traditional stone walling.
  • Lime pointing.
  • Cob building and repair.
  • Traditional lath and plaster.
  • Harl/scat coat.
  • Scratch coat.
  • Float coat.
  • Fine lime skim plaster.
  • Insulated lime render/plaster.
  • Limewashing.

Our approach is to create a relaxed environment on where you will enjoy learning, with ample opportunity for discussion in the breaks.

Course numbers are limited to ensure individual attention by two course leaders.

For each session there is a practical demonstration, then participants are encouraged to have a go themselves, with guidance at hand.

All tools, materials and personal protective equipment are provided but please bring protective outdoor clothing and footwear.

Materials are available for purchase at the end of the practical lime course and participants are entitled to a 10% discount on all future purchases from our range of traditional lime putty products and tools.

100% of our recent Practical Lime Course feedback forms rate the course as either ‘great value’ or ‘good value’.

“I was extremely impressed that there was no sexism at any point – what a relief! I could relax and enjoy the course and take it all in.” Rose, 8th April 2016.

“Whole day really enjoyable and informative. Great to learn so much and for it to be so interactive and hands-on. I feel much more confident in getting stuck in on my cottage now.” Jezz, 8th April 2016.

“Best fun since playschool!” Stefan, 18th March 2016.

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How long is the course?

One day, with lunch included.

What is covered?

We cover the traditional skills for repairing and restoring with lime mortars, renders, plasters and limewash.

How many attend?

Up to 12, with individual help from 2 course leaders.

What does it cost?

£144.00, including lunch and VAT.

How do I book?

Call the office during opening hours and make a payment by card or post a cheque. You can also make a provisional booking by email but your place will only be confirmed once payment has been received.

What dates are available?

  • Friday 24th March 2017
  • Friday 7th April 2017
  • Friday 12th May 2017
  • Friday 16th June 2017
  • Friday 7th July 2017
  • Friday 11th August 2017
  • Friday 15th September 2017

Why are they usually on a Friday?

So you can enjoy the wonderful Devon countryside and coast and make a break of it.

Where can I stay locally?


Self Catering


For more accommodation and information about the local area click here


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“Brilliantly presented, informative and friendly”

“Please move to Hampshire!”

“Great instructions, demonstrations etc. Brilliant having the opportunity to try all stages of plastering and rendering. Will definitely recommend to anyone who is renovating their own home”

“Really great presentation and practical exercises were useful”

“A great course and great people running it – both Mike and Dan are fantastic teachers”

“A great deal packed into one day without being too much – excellent”

“To fit all this in one day is great value for money”

“Very informative, even being in the building trade there’s so much to learn”

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8.45 am Course assembles for tea/coffee & introduction.
9.30am Traditional lime materials – history & usage, selecting sands, types of lime, using hair in mortar.
10.00am Building & repair in stone & cob, lime mortar mixes, gauging, using cob blocks, bedding mortars, repair techniques.
11.15am Pointing stonework, preparation of joints, selecting mortars & tools, pointing techniques, protecting the work, problem solving.
11.45am Selecting soils for cob, use of straw binder, making cob blocks.
12.30pm Buffet lunch with opportunity for discussion of individual projects & questions.
1.30pm Rendering & plastering with lime putty mortars and earth plasters. Preparing the surface, selecting materials & tools, hand harling, rendering & plastering techniques, final finishes.
3.00pm ecoCORK – the natural cork and lime based insulating plaster and render Base coats, ecoCORK plastering, finishing coats and painting options.
3.30pm Pointing – finishing techniques.
3.45pm – 4.15pm Limewash – preparation, techniques, protection.