Conservation and understanding tiling: How slate roofs work; single lap fixed gauge and variable gauge; overs and unders; tegula and imbrex; double lap plain tiles; evolution from vernacular to modern. Sorting tiles to understand the difference between hand-made and machine-made tiles. Regional roof types; materials - types of clays and different styles of clay tiles and formats. Guides and codes of practice etc; British/European standards. Laths and battens; nails; mortars; head bedding, bedding, torching, flaunches, ridges and hips, mortar mixes and leadwork, hips, ridges. Clay tile production. Big production machine-made v hand-made manufacturing. Recording a vernacular tiled roof.
Setting out for fixed gauge and variable gauge large format clay tiles. Overs and unders, tegulas and imbrex. Hand-made plain tiles v modern machine-made. Setting out for fixed gauge, unders and overs, plain tiles and variable gauge tiles. Gauging tiled roofs; battening, setting out a roof for swept laced PMV and lead valleys identifying the problems associated with each detail. Mortars. Gauging tiled roofs; battening, setting out a roof for swept laced PMV and lead valleys. Start to tile the rigs using machine-made tiles and hand-made tiles.
Tiling the roof using modern and hand-made plain tiles to the four areas to include valleys. Recording the roofs. Present the findings of the tiled roof recordings.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Richard Jordan is a specialist in historic roofing who is based in Derbyshire and provides training and advice across the United Kingdom. An experienced roof slater and tiler, his interest and passion for our built heritage developed whilst working with his father, who was his mentor.