Wednesday, June 27, 2012

In July, Learn the Art of Stonecutting

A Cut Above: The Stonecutter's Art 
in Architectural Ornament
A slide lecture by Michael Lynch
Tuesday, July 10 at 6 p.m. 
$15, $10 for LW! Members

Carved granite stoop at 24 West 71st Street.
Michael Lynch is a restoration architect and preservation engineer who specializes in the repair of historic buildings and structures. Growing up in the town of Marbletown in upstate New York, it was inevitable that Michael would develop a special interest in stone masonry and spend his career researching and documenting the work of the often anonymous stone cutters working in the 19th and early 20th centuries. His work on stone carving has been published in books and professional journals, and he lectures often on the subject.

Michael will explain how this work was executed and what to look for, as well as how to distinguish faux stone carving (that is, formed terra cotta or cast concrete) from 'the real thing.' The slide lecture will be illustrated with examples of work throughout New York, with an interactive "Where in your neighborhood?" quiz at the end.
For more information, please call 212-496-8110 or email

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