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.
Additionally, European Heritage Volunteers offers sometimes projects about “Traditional Clay Techniques”. These projects are organised only every second year and focus or on traditional construction techniques using clay materials or on traditional clay plastering techniques.
In 2018, European Heritage Volunteers will organise several projects dealing with “Traditional Masonry Techniques”. Two of the projects are described below, the descriptions of the other projacts will be added later.