New York City has 8,250,000 people and 975,000 buildings.
It also has the only high school program in the country for hands-on masonry preservation, building conservation and green sustainable construction.
This blog offers a glimpse into that program.

The textbook developed from the curriculum and lessons: "Masonry History Integrity An Urban
Conservation Primer" is a free download at this web site:

The recent entries are in the LinkedIn Group: Masonry History Integrity & Urban Conservation.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Session #5 Stone Carving

Curriculum and Activities
Demonstration from stone carving professional
Chris Pellittieri
Students were taught and practiced drilling, splitting and carving stones

Masonry Preservation
Vocabulary - "fracturing," "splitting," "shadow"

Stone working tools – pitch, punch, feather and wedge used safely to drill, split and carve stone

History: Chris spoke about his being from the neighborhood and his apprenticeship at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine. It related to student's Guild studies.

Life Skills: Chris said: “Its not about money. It’s about loving your work.”

At the start of class a few students were less than interested. But by the end of class they were actively participating and enjoying stone carving.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you got to connect with Chris -- what a talented individual. It looks like your students got a great deal out of the experience!