Clay construction mortars in use today

16th March 2020

A reminder of how we built in the UK, upto the mid-18th century, when no lime was readily available. This photo shows a Ethiopian monk constructing a new house out of local volcanic rock and clay rich subsoil mixed with fine teff straw.

Our mortar analysis service regularly reports on clay mortars and plasters found in our old buildings and we continue to produce clay daubs for repair and restoration.

Sample boxes now avaiable for our stone and brick repair colours

11th March 2020

You can now buy sample boxes of our most popular lime-based stone and brick repair mortar colours, for colour matching on site. Please see our web site for details. https://www.womersleys.co.uk/shop/construction_pointing_Mortar/natural_mortar_colour_chart

Please note that as usual, we can also colour match to any brick and stone samples provided.

Fantastic artist creations in Womersleys Stone Repair Mix

10th March 2020

Womersley’s Brick and Stone Repair Mix is a mortar for recreating and patch repairing bricks and natural stones and is available in a wide range of colours. However, it can be used for fantastic artist creations such as those produced by Fiona Bowley at the Ionic Temple at Rievaulx Abbey.

Bowley is particularly known for her carved sheep; they are something of an obsession she happily admits. For Rievaulx her new work includes a winged mule and two sheep that sit by the entrance to the Ionic Temple in the manner of Coade stone sphinxes of the 18th century. Like Mrs Coade, Bowley came up with an ingenious alternative to natural stone by using Womersleys’ hydraulic lime based stone repair ma

terial. Sheep have of course featured at Rievaulx for centuries; the Cistercian monks were great farmers and kept sheep for their meat and their valuable fleeces.

The peaceful, melancholy, construction site at Daga

6th March 2020

The peaceful, melancholy, construction site at the highest point of the Daga Istafanos monastery near the centre of Lake Tana in northern Ethiopia.

The monks work all day until five in the afternoon without water or food carrying stone and mixed lime mortar to a team of masons lead by Melissa and David. They are building a new church based upon a mid-17th century design, found on an ink seal of the same date.

The sharp volcanic rock is bedded on a mix of two parts reworked 6-month-old lime putty with one-part gravel and one eighth of an amount of fine sand.

It has been a pleasure to offer some advice during the construction to the engineer, the masons and the monastery’s leaders.

Which paint colour?

2nd March 2020

If you need any help deciding which breathable paint colour you want to use, please feel free to visit our shop/warehouse and see are paint displays. All our details can be found on our contact page.