More About the Root Cellar Project:
During this workshop, we'll be creating a stone vaulted subterranean root cellar. Thousands of these structures were built in Kansas as storage for food and shelter in the 1800s. This will be a rare chance to be a part of creating a new stone cellar for Elkstone Farm for their winter produce storage. You will learn about job setup, stone selection, stone dressing and installation. The skills learned can be applied to culvert and bridge construction as well. This is considered a more advanced workshop, so some masonry experience is required. Stonework is a physically demanding trade, so be prepared to work hard, get dirty, and be part of a team. Come be a part of creating a truly unique piece of architecture!
About the Instructor:
Lucas Koch is a traditional stonemason based in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas. He brings 20 years of experience in the stone restoration field. He and his team, known as Koch Construction Specialties, have completed hundreds of projects utilizing their native limestone. They focus on traditional and historic stonework, using both mortared and drystack techniques. His experience in stone restoration has taught him much about what makes good stonework last for centuries. There is a constant realization that much of this knowledge is in danger of fading with time. Luke has sought out instruction from master masons through the years. It is now time to share this knowledge by creating experiences that teach these skills, while also creating legacy stonework projects.
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