2023 Conference – Friday Dean Ruedrich Traditional Trades Workshop: Introduction to Cemetery Monument Maintenance
Led by Michael Verville and held in historic Geer Cemetery, this workshop will include a lecture on best practices, proper materials, identification of typical stones, and common damages and repairs. Michael will demonstrate a variety of techniques to include cleaning, straightening, and leveling of small monuments. He will also discuss common causes and appropriate repairs that he sees in cemeteries throughout piedmont and eastern North Carolina. This is a hands-on workshop, so participants will also clean monuments under the supervision of Michael and his team and, time permitting, reset a couple of small unbroken monuments. Workshop will last approximately 3-4 hours. We will provide tools and materials, bottled water, and bug spray. Workshop participants need to bring their own gloves and wear comfortable, close toed shoes.
This workshop is limited to 15 people maximum.