The Brownhelm Historical Association is sponsoring another one-day gravestone preservation workshop where you will learn how to properly and effectively clean, restore, and preserve gravestones. The training will be led by Mark Morton of Gravestone Guardians of Ohio on September 28, 2019 from 9 am to 5 pm at Brownhelm Cemetery, 3025 North Ridge Road, Vermilion, Ohio.
Specifically, you will learn the 6 basic and most important steps to cemetery preservation. Lunch and drinks will be provided by the Brownhelm Historical Association.
1. CLEANING: Proper grave marker cleaning with a safe & gentle biowash product. The same one used at Arlington National Cemetery.
2. THE SIMPLE 2 PIECE TABLET & BASE SOCKET: We will reset a marble tombstone in a sandstone base by leveling the base & mortaring in the tombstone.
3. TABLET SET: We will dig a level a slot in the ground & use the rule of 1/3’s to teach the proper way to set a simple tablet type of tombstone. This procedure is also the way similar upright military markers are placed.
4. EPOXY: A demonstration of how to clean, align, and fix a broken tablet with a state of the art epoxy will be given.
5. SMALL MULTI PIECE MONUMENT RECONSTRUCTION: A small monument will be chosen & used as an example. This is where we use the tri-pod, hoist, & straps to disassemble the monument, clean it, level it, & reassemble it.
6. INFILL INSTRUCTION: This is the final touch to tombstone & monument repair. It’s basically the fine mortar used to fill in cracks & aesthetic damage when the repairs are finished.
At least 17 attendees are needed to host this workshop. There is no rain date, so if the weather looks to be too poor BHA will cancel and refund the registration fee.
Tickets are available on www.eventbrite.com, or email [email protected] to pay by check.