Stonemasonry

Study stonemasonry, and learn to build with Central Otago schist. Take inspiration from Central’s rugged mountains and pristine natural surroundings – let the landscape be your classroom!

Central is the perfect campus for those serious about a career in stonemasonry. There is a strong demand nationally, and internationally, for people who can veneer houses in stone and build stone features – we can help you become a specialist in this field.

Gain a wide range of stonemasonry skills, while gaining extensive practical and work experience. You’ll learn how to design and construct stone features, work with various types of stone and be introduced to many traditional and modern stonework styles. Our Certificate in Stonemasonry is the only full-time programme of its kind in New Zealand – come and learn with the best.

If you are interested in learning one aspect to create a home project watch out for our Dry Stone Walling and Veneering short courses.

PROGRAMMES

New Zealand Certificate in Stonemasonry (Level 4) (Construction Stonemasonry)

  • Central Otago
  • 2 years
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, 2017
  • Apply until start date
SHORT COURSES

Dry stone walling short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply anytime

Stone paving for the garden short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2016
  • Apply anytime

New Zealand Certificate in Stonemasonry (Level 4) (Construction Stonemasonry)

  • Central Otago
  • 2 years
  • Level 4
  • Starts February, 2017
  • Apply until start date

Dry stone walling short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2017
  • Apply anytime

Stone paving for the garden short course

  • Central Otago
  • 2 days, 9.00am-3.00pm
  • Starts to be confirmed for 2016
  • Apply anytime
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“Almost all my employees are Otago Polytechnic graduates. I feel like I know what I’m getting when I hire them.”

MARCUS WAINWRIGHT
Director, Wainwright and Co

  • Steve Holmes

    Bringing stone to life

    Originally from Ulverston in northern England’s Lakes District, Steve Holmes immigrated to Central Otago, New Zealand, and found similarities in the region’s legacy of stone buildings.

    In both places, stonemasonry offers an unbroken lineage to the area’s first architects, as “continuing demand for schist stone building and landscaping means this ancient craft continues to be taught and practised within the building trade.”

    With a background in construction, Steve was introduced to stonemasonry while working on barn conversions and renovating and remodelling stone houses. Since then, he has worked on many stone structures contemporary and historic buildings, conservation projects, structural stonework and walls, and is pleased to share these skills with others as a lecturer for New Zealand’s only full-time stonemasonry course.

    “As a stonemason you see different regional styles that early European settlers brought with them from the other side of the world. There is always something new to discover when you work with stone.”