Hot and Cold Lime work
Pointing and Rendering:
Much of the tower is in good condition, but there are large areas where repointing will be necessary.
Render is intact in much of the tower interior - towards the upper levels more work needs to be done.
We would like to learn how to point using traditional lime techniques, and then decide how much render to do. Many of the areas can be cleaned and simply whitewashed once the building is dry.
Cob and Wicker
We know that at least one of the walls of the agricultural building was made of cob. Not much remains of that gable end, but we are interested in learning to do cob and possibly rebuilding some of that in that manner. In addition to the castle wall, there was a cob cottage next door to the Marle pond, and probably one other one on the property.
Wicker was used extensively in the tower to create the vault and embrasure arches. We would like to recreate at least one wicker arch in the agricultural building, maybe an entrance, using this ancient and practical method.
Thatch! We love the idea of a thatched building on the property, even if it is a small covering for an outdoor (cob) oven or a workshop. We will see how we can work this in.
See this wonderful film made in the 1980's about the growing and making of thatch in Wexford!