Ashley Thompson. While his men are still working on cleaning and stabilising the stonework on both the north range and the battlements, his stonemason has started pointing in the main range.
Great care has been taken to keep as many of the individual blocks of stone in their original position as possible, but many of them are very precarious. A good example is this huge stone lintel which stands over one of the fireplaces in the north range. It was okay at the nearer end, but at the far end it was teetering on a few pieces of rock. It's now stable.
In the same way as there are hundreds of different cake mixes, the mortar mix J-P's men are using has a 'recipe'. It consists of:
1 part hydraulic lime
1 part lime putty
- for anyone who wants to read about the basics of different sorts of lime, click here.
7 parts Durham beach sand
2 parts whin stone.
It was cold for the men working in the building this morning. I joked with them that, shortly, it'll be as warm as a sauna. They weren't convinced.
The Mingary Castle restoration blog was written by Jon Haylett, who lives in the local village of Kilchoan. Now that restoration is almost complete Holly and Chris Bull will take over to report on bringing the Castle back to life.