It is coming!
We do apologize for the delay in the release of the online Stonemason Academy.
But, we want to get it right.
We want it to be the best it can be.
And... we want it to be thorough.
So, it's getting bigger, and better! (but not more expensive!)
The Stone Mason Academy is now being released to those within the Handmade House Guild... later this Fall it will be released as a stand-alone course for those who are only interested in creating the best stonework possible for their homes.
Here in the Stonemason Academy you will learn the step-by-step secrets of how you can create incredible stonework.
We are talking about real stonework... laid in the traditional timeless way (not "glued-on synthrock").
We won't be landscaping, or building bridges, dams, or shopping centers. (not that there is anything wrong with these structures)... but our focus will be on building with stone with the sole focus of adding beauty and value to your home.
The Stonemason Academy is being created to guide anyone, from the beginning novice to the professional stonemason, who strives to acheive stonework at it's highest level of form and function.
No matter what type of home you own now, or plan to build in the future... stone will greatly add to its beauty and charm.
There is nothing else quite like it.
It is timeless.
Even if you never intend to lay a single stone yourself, the insights that you will discover within this course will help you to better the work of the craftsmen who will lay the stone on your home.
But, why pay someone else to have all the fun and let them gain the deep level of satisfaction that comes from laying stone on your home? In just a week or two you can build something that you and future generations will cherish for decades to come (perhaps, even centuries)
Consider the possibilities... fireplaces... chimneys... foundations... driveway entrances... firepits... or even your own home, made of stone!
Your journey toward beautiful stonework starts here!
There is simply no other program like the Stonemason Academy.
Don't take our word for it...(it's wise to judge the quality of a tree by the fruit it bares)... take a moment now and look over the images here to discover the stonework our team has created over the years. Does any of this appeal to you as something you would like to have in your own home?
Yes, there are trade schools out there where one can take "Beginning Masonry 101" classes where the main focus is block and brick. And, there are rare opportunities to learn from stone artisans who specialize primarily in landscape features... but where can one turn to learn traditional stone techniques applicable to building today's homes?
The goal of the Stonemason Academy is not just to teach the skills, but also to see to it that those who enroll obtain results.
Yes, there are many books out there on the subject, but a book on stone can only serve as a resource... it will do little to guide us along as we craft the stones that will become an integral part of our homes.
We humans are visual creatures after all... we grasp knowledge much quicker when we are shown how to do something. And we learn best by doing... with hands-on participation... while being under the guidance of a skilled teacher... by becoming apprentices.
Wax on. Wax off.
Slowly the student becomes the master.
The Stonemason Academy is your online Apprenticeship opportunity to learn the craft of stone masonry.
Don't miss out.
In the first modules of the Stonemason Academy will be an online tutorial in the construction of a stone fireplace.
The final modules of the course will also be online, and it will focus on the proper use of mortar as we build stone driveway columns that stand gaurd at the entrance our property.
And then, in the third phase we will concentrate of the use of stone to create the walls of our home... (this final phase will be online but we will also provide a one-time only opportunity for Members of the Handmade House Guild to do hands-on stonework, in person, with Noah Bradley, at no additional cost!)
We think this three phase method will provide you with all you need to create amazing stonework on your own home... or perhaps lead you into the profession of being a master stonemason.
In more detail...
In the first phase of the Stonemason Academy... you will be invited to come along as Noah Bradley... (and you at home)... learn about the tools and techniques of shaping stone, the selection and gathering of stone, and from there we will construct a stone fireplace!
If you can build a fireplace you can build anything out of stone... and equally true... if you are going to build anything in your home out of stone, that one thing ought to be a fireplace... the heart of any home.
You can of course sit back in your chair and learn a great deal by simply watching the modules of the Stonemason Academy (these videos will be yours to watch for a lifetime), but we encourage you to join in as a stone fireplace is created and build one for yourself! (A finished stone fireplace is easily taken apart and moved if you are not ready now to enjoy an evening fire where you are now.)
As we go through each step in building this fireplace we will also visit completed stone projects and learn how buiding a breathtaking fireplace will give us skills and confidence that will carry over to other stone projects on our home.
With the assistance of these first modules of the Stonemason Academy you will be able to create the centerpiece of your home!.. A stone fireplace! For the rest of your life the result of this one project will garner the admiration of family members and friends alike!
And, once you have built your stone fireplace... you will not only have an attractive architectural addition for your home... but you will also have gained the ability and confidence to undertake any stone project!... such as... a stone chimney, a stone foundation, or a set of columns at the end of your driveway!
And that is where the second phase of the course will lead us... into building a set of stone driveway entrance columns!
As we begin this phase of the Stonemason Academy we will turn our focus towards the art of incorporating mortar into our project (without allowing it to ruin our work as it so often does in most of today's masonry projects).
A set of columns at the entrance to your home is a cost effective project to undertake that will go a long way in improving the appeal and value of any home.
And building these collumns will bring us to the final phase in the creation of the Stonemason Academy during this premier release of the course... The use of stone to build the walls of our home! For those who want to build their own stone home this is what you are looking for!
... for those who want to "learn by doing"... who want to lay a few stones on a home under construction alongside Noah Bradley... then you want to be a Member of the Handmade House Guild now... this offer will likley never be repeated.
SO MANY have asked for the opportunity for hands-on learning oppurtunities and here it comes! This in-person opportunity will not be offered to those outside of the Guild, nor will it be available to anyone once this first offering of the Stonemason Academy has wrapped up.
This in-person, hands-on, event will likely happen in Spring of 2019. Make sure you are on our email list to keep posted when dates are cemented into place!
The completed stoneworks of Noah Bradley and his stonemason team have spanned several decades and have included hundreds of unique projects. Their stonework has been featured in many national and international publications. (a small sampling of it can seen here on this page)
Noah's "downhome" Academy training courses... have all received abundant and enthusiastic praise. They are often found to be entertaining as well as instructional... not only by guiding individuals along on their journey in learning new building skills, but also by Noah thoroughly explaining why something is done in a particular way.
For centuries the average person has laid stone and in the process has created durable and functional works of art. Unfortunately the beauty of traditonal stonework has all but been lost in our lifetimes due in part to the introduction of low quality materials, and the desire for faster completion times... and of course, larger profits for manufacturing firms.
If stonework is desired in your home then the Stonemason Academy is essential. Here you will learn how to combine timeless craftsmanship with the best of modern innovations. The finished result will be the creation of a lasting legacy and a breathtaking, functional, masterpiece... one that will endure for the centuries to come.
Ask yourself what you have created with your own hands that will still be around and appreciated a thousand years from now? Here is your your chance to do just that!
Whether you are looking for a new hobby, or a new career, or maybe you simply want to play a key part in the creation of your own handmade home... this course is for you!
Will you save a lot of money in undertaking this craft? Yes!!!
Will you enjoy every moment of it?
Yes!!! (well.. there might be a few moments of doubt... and some sore muscles... but we will get through them together!)
Will your home be much more attractive as a result of your efforts?
Most definetly yes!!!
Finely crafted stonework will continue to bless us long after the final stone is laid... from the soul-warming fires we gather around in the winter... to the rich visual appeal that stone features provide to the exterior of our homes
So come along as Noah Bradley shares within the Stonemason Academy how you can dramatically improve your home by showcasing within it the beauty of traditional stonework!
Once again... make sure you are on our email list as we will announce via that format when the course is ready for release!
Just one of the many comments we have received on Handmade House courses...
"One of the experiences I have had in being a Member of the Handmade House Guild*** and taking Noah's courses is getting excited about each form of construction. I have always admired beautiful stone work, but his courses and writings have made it seem that, with effort, doing this work is actually within reach. Because of this my wife has had to endure me being excited about a variety of handmade house construction forms."
***Handmade House Guild members gain lifetime free access to ALL Academy courses (including the upcoming Stonemason Academy... plus, so much more! To learn more about the benefits of Full Membership in the Handmade House Guild please visit... HERE ***