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Family Friends of Import
Laurie Warren AKA Rie Warren
My Brilliant Wife and her late night Writings can be found at http://www.riewarren.com
Go buy some books so I can buy some beer.
Isabelle Grace AKA Grace D:Vine
Cecilia (Crazy) Kate AKA Cerious C:loud
Daughter Two (Enough Said)
England Football in Overtime!
Susan Ann Warren AKA The Rock
With Auntie Janet
Sue, Big Sis and Amy
Peter Warren AKA Peter
Father & God Father Alan on a field trip
The Gang is back in town
Pippa AKA Pip
Matt AKA Gold Garden Dancer
Uncle Bob & Auntie Moyna
Amy Hannah First Born
Lincoln Cathedral Works Department
American College of the Building Arts
THE ACBA MISSION
The American College of the Building Arts educates and trains artisans in the traditional building arts to foster exceptional craftsmanship and encourage the preservation, enrichment, and understanding of the world's architectural heritage through a liberal arts education.
THE ACBA History
The American College of the Building Arts was licensed in July 2004 by the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education to award the degrees of Associate of Applied Sciences in Building Arts and Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Building Arts. The college offers a four-year liberal arts curriculum in six craft specializations within three areas: forged architectural iron, the trowel trades (masonry, plaster, and architectural stone) and the wood trades (carpentry and timber framing).
Of the eight founding faculty members, three were European – educated and trained in traditional programs in England and France; two more had studied in England and one in Rome. Two had worked with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one with Colonial Williamsburg. Fifteen students were admitted to the first class and, at the opening ceremony in August 2005, a stone was ceremonially split according to a long Japanese tradition associated with starting a new project.
Students pursue a hybrid curriculum that embraces tradition without ignoring the present – a foot in the past to be able to go forward into the future. Trade classes are integrated with general education classes to the point where a debate about ironwork can happen in English class and research papers show up in the blacksmith’s shop. Borrowing from the real-world emphasis of European programs like the Compagnons du Devoir in France, ACBA has developed a world-class internship program that has sent students abroad to work on castles and cathedrals.
While the College continues to grow, its graduates are influencing the built-environment both here in the United States, and abroad. ACBA is actively working with the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) to gain accreditation in the Spring of 2014.
THE ACBA VISION
The American College of the Building Arts will be the leading resource in higher education dedicated to the innovative and continued practice, study and promotion of the Building Arts.
Strategic Objectives To achieve ACBA’s mission we will be governed by the following five strategic objectives:
Life Long-term success will be based upon the development of a committed and inspired community which is dedicated to fulfill the mission of the College.
Achieve and Excel Establish accredited academic programs that result in superior student competencies in a “Liberal Arts and Building Arts” major that affords our students a range of post-graduation options and offers exceptional opportunities for the College’s broader constituents.
Learning Objectives Seek opportunities to create or establish successful educational learning outcomes.
Outreach and Development of Educated Artisans Inspire future students and supporters by encouraging and promoting the Building Arts in the United States and throughout the world.
Resources Identify, develop, and manage resources whether human, economic, or physical in order to meet the mission that ensures directed growth of the institution.
Century Brand Rosedale Cement
I have used Ken Uracius Natural Cement on Numerous occasions and can say that it is a very enjoyable material to use. It is crushed so fine that it almost becomes a clay when mixed. A material which allows a flexibility to mold surfaces and set materials with great ease. One word of waning is that it sets very quickly. However there are ways to allow this material to work longer. I hope in the near future we can have a workshop in the South to show people who are working on historic properties how to use this material as it can be seen on many historic properties from 1850 onwards.
The Photographs I have posted show the work I did using Rosendale Cement installing Brownstone into a building summer 2014. Special thanks to Ken for all his support. Also some of the casts/plans Ken did for the Frank Lloyd Wright Building in Florida.
Century Brand is the collision of two worlds in historic preservation. Ken Uracius has nearly 40 years in the masonry industry, working on some of the largest new construction and restoration projects in the country. In 2002 he began experimenting with the exact same stone that was used to make mortars for many of our architectural treasures, especially those in America's major US cities, from a little town in upstate New York named Rosendale, and in the process created Freedom Cement and became one of the biggest advocates for restoring historic structures with like materials. After 15 years in the historic mortars business and the closing of Virginia Lime Works, Jeff Price joined Ken at Freedom Cement as Director of Sales and Marketing. Together, Freedom Cement was relaunched as Century Brand, makers of traditional Rosendale cement, importers of Vicat Prompt Natural Cements and Lafarge Natural Hydraulic Limes, and providers of an unparalleled level of expertise in the field of historic preservation.
and watch this video of the Usonian House blocks being cast
New carved stone window & door jambs, plinths installed with Rosedale Cement
Cast sections of the Frank Wright Usonian House. See links.
Margaret “Mimi” Moore
Mimi was the first Full Time Architectural Stone Carving Student who Graduated from ACBA and I am proud to show her work.
Moore Carver was founded by Margaret Ann (Mimi) Moore in Missoula, Montana and is a dedicated stone carving studio that specializes in Historic Preservation Carvings and Architectural Ornament Carvings in our studio.
Moore Carver is proud of its versatility and ability to a replicate historic carving.
Mimi at work
Michael Hoy - Stone Carver and Letter Cutter
Michael Hoy. A long lost friend from Weymouth College days whose work and commitment to quality speak to the depth of his passion for the work you can see at http://ernestone.org
ERNESTONE is a high quality stone masonry business with Michael Hoy, master craftsman as its artistic and operational director.
Having studied Art and Design at the University of Ulster in the late 80’s Michael spend 3 years studying masonry, stone carving and letter cutting at the internationally renowned Weymouth College gaining distinctions in all disciplines.
With over 20 years experience in the masonry industry Michael is one of the countries best known stone specialists working both locally and internationally. His impressive back catalogue of work includes altars, tabernacles and baptismal fonts for churches throughout Ireland.
Michael has acted as senior mason on several award winning building projects in both the USA and the UK.
With increasing demand for his work Michael decided to form Ernestone to specialise in the production of unique hand carved memorials and headstones.
Michael values the use of using traditional masonry methods, locally sourced materials and his dedication to the craft underpins the work at Ernestone.