The projects providing knowledge in „Traditional Masonry Techniques” are thematically quite diverse. The projects are answering the needs of endangered heritage sites and so refer to the material traditionally used in the particular region, to the regional construction techniques and handcraft traditions.

The projects are alternating from season to season and may include the restoration of historical walls and wall systems of a heritage site, workshops in traditional plastering or in traditional paving techniques.

In several regions there are carried out projects in traditional dry stone wall techniques. Although the used material differs from region to region the traditional techniques are quite similar. Dry stone walls are constructed without mortar and had been common over centuries to strengthen steep slopes, so they are often remarkable characteristics of cultural landscapes. However, the dry stone walls are in many places endangered since the scarps had been fallen out of use, the construction, restoration and maintenance of dry stone walls is physically very demanding and the traditional knowledge among the local population gets lost step by step.

Conservation of historic dry stone walls
Belvedere Park Weimar / Thuringia
GERMANY

Volunteering Project 2021
Conservation of a medieval wall and adaptation of a tower ruin
Ensemble of the fortified church Movile / Sibiu County
ROMANIA

Volunteering Project 2021
Conservation works at a fortified church ensemble
Ensemble of the fortified church Hosman / Sibiu County
ROMANIA

Volunteering Project 2021
Traditional masonry & rebuilding of traditional vaults
Tematín Castle / Trencín Region
SLOVAKIA

Past Training Course
Restoration of architectural elements in a historic garden
Ebrach Court Mainstockheim / Bavaria
GERMANY

Past Volunteering Project
Traditional stone techniques & traditional masonry
Couchy Castle / Aisne Départment
FRANCE

Past Training Course
Maintenance of cultural landscape & traditional stone techniques
Marksburg & Spay, Upper Middle Rhine Valley / Rhineland-Palatinate
GERMANY

Past Training Course
Research & preservation of mining heritage
Freiberg & Halsbrücke, Ore Mountains Cultural Landscape / Saxony
GERMANY

Past Volunteering Project
European Heritage Volunteers