Gain valuable hands-on experience working with Mount Auburns preservation staff repairing monuments and headstones using a combination of traditional and modern methods and materials. Projects include repointing of various buildings and structures, adhesive repairs of broken marble, slate, sandstone and granite monuments and the repair and resetting of loose or leaning headstones. Learn to properly mix, lay-up and cure a variety of mortar mixes formulated for use with different types of stone as well as the proper preparation and execution of high quality patches using a range of patching materials. Learn cleaning methods for a variety of stone types utilizing detergents, steam and chemicals.
Requirements include a strong preservation ethic, patience, and the desire to perform careful, conscientious and lasting repairs to these invaluable historic resources. Prior hands-on preservation experience is preferred. Employee must be able to perform physically strenuous work outdoors throughout the summer.
Duration: June 1st to September 2nd, 2016