Practical Seminar (Workshop) – Timber Conservation Principles and Practical Skills

Organised by the ICOMOS Georgia and Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage (Riksantikvaren), under the auspicious of National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation Georgia, Practical Seminar – “Timber Conservation Principles and Practical Skills” has been conducted on 15-16th of July, 2021 within the ICOMOS Georgia pilot programme – “Sustainable Development of Heritage Site”.  The main aim of the Practical Seminar was to introduce main principles of conservation and development of practical skills for craftsmen as well as for the multidisciplinary group of experts engaged in the conservation field. The two-day workshop included sharing of the theoretical knowledge as well as practical works on ‘treatment’ and restoration of the structural and decorative elements of the timber architecture samples, conservation of the painted surfaces, etc.

Theoretical part was mostly based on the following themes: traditions of carpentry in Georgia, reasons for the timber architectural elements damage and existing problems, sharing timber restoration experiences, etc. On the second day of the Seminar, participants learnt and conducted such practical works as colour study, preparation of the wood surface for conservation works, restoration of the damaged timber architectural details, etc.

After the two workshop days, Participants were awarded with certificates. Workshop ended with an interesting discussion and hope for the future cooperation between ICOMOS Georgia and Seminar Participants.

 

Workshop on “Preparation, use and maintenance of the Traditional Mortar of Tbilisi Historic House”

Organised by the ICOMOS Georgia and Norwegian Directorate  for Cultural Heritage (Riksantikvaren), under the auspicious of National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation Georgia, Practical Seminar – “Preparation, use and maintenance of the Traditional Mortar of Tbilisi Historic House” has been conducted on 5-6th of September, 2020 within the ICOMOS Georgia pilot programme – “Sustainable Development of Heritage Site”.  Practical Seminar was designated for students already obtaining Bachelor degree and for emerging professionals. The two-day workshop included Theoretical knowledge sharing as well as practical works. Theoretical part was mostly based on the following themes: Historic context of the traditional materials of the Tbilisi residential house; Historic plasters and rendering of Tbilisi; Mortar conservation principles; result sharing of the previously conducted workshop within the project, etc.

On the second day of the Seminar, participants learnt and conducted such practical works as preparation of the traditional Lime mortar and Earth mortar; cleaning of the masonry from damaged mortar; Repointing of the Masonry with Conservation Lime mortar and its treatment. Participants also constructed small size wall using Georgian bricks and their self-prepared Earth mortar.

After the two very informative and extensive Workshop days, Participants were awarded with certificates. Workshop ended with an interesting discussion and hope for the future cooperation between ICOMOS Georgia and Seminar Participants.

  

29.03.2019 – 31.03.2019

Workshop on compatible mortar for Tbilisi Historic Buildings

The workshop was organised by ICOMOS Georgia, Riksantikvaren within the Programme, “ Sustainable Rehabilitation of Heritage Site”. The aim of the workshop is to investigate the original earth mortar and choose the compatible mortar composition for the site under the restoration, through in situ testing and modeling. 10 alternative mortar compositions are applied and tested during the workshop. Results will be monitored, recorded and later laboratory tested. Apart from the project team invited craftsmen and young professionals have participated.

The workshop was organised within the programme – Sustainable Rehabilitation of Heritage Site. Historic Building in Old Tbilisi, 33, Mephe Solomon Brdzeni Street, has been selected as a pilot site to perform showcase restoration based on high standards of Conservation Principals. During 2 days of workshop participants from Georgia, Norway and Italy have challenged a problem of the widely spread practice of intense interventions to stabilise endangered historic properties in Tbilisi on the example of the pilot site.