Day 1 of Running Lime Training in Ethiopia


The first day of a lime training course held at Gondar's Heritage Conservation Centre, Ethiopia.

Day 1 of our first lime traing course at the Royal Compound:

Digging out one year old lime putty that had previously been run into a pit from quick lime and covered in water.

2 attendees digging out lime putty


Beating the lime to create a thick cream binder with no lumps in it.

Beating the lime to create a thick cream binder with no lumps in it.


Mixing the beaten lime putty with under and over burnt lime sieved out during the slaking process and a small amount of sand and lime based gravel.

People mixing lime putty


Cleaning out the ancient walls of the Royal enclosure at Gonder.

Cleaning out the old mortar


Repointing with very rich lime mortar and introducing pinning stones in to the random rubble basalt walls.

repointing with lime mortar


Preparing a cleaned up collapsed section of wall with a neat lime slurry before rebuilding.

preparation of the ancient wall with a lime slurry


Rebuilding the wall with a lime rich mortar including aggregate of 20mm down.

Rebuilding a heritage wall


A great group to work with, I was providing the training but also learnt a lot from some experienced local craftsmen and women.

The course attendees of the lime training course at Gondar Conservation, Ethiopia

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