We regularly host ‘Como Approach’ workshops in partnership with practitioners of traditional trades to share, strengthen and celebrate their skills and knowledge. These workshops are an initiative of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) to utilise our properties to demonstrate best conservation practice and create meaningful learning opportunities for trades, professionals and the general public.

Upcoming Workshops

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Como Approach Workshop: Door Joinery with Ian Goddard

Join us at Rippon Lea inside our maintenance compound for a workshop that will cover an introduction to working with timber and the construction, assembly and
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Como Approach Workshop: Architectural Glass with Bruce Hutton

Bruce Hutton founded Almond glass in 1994. He completed a Fine Arts Degree (Chisholm Institute of Technology) majoring in stained glass in 1988, he then went
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Como Approach Workshop: Lime Mortars with Ray Wiltshire

Ray Wiltshire is a highly knowledgeable and skilled Heritage Plasterer with many years’ experience in the industry. He is also a regular trainer at the
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Como Approach Workshop: Sash Windows with Ian Goddard

Join us at Rippon Lea inside our maintenance compound for a workshop which will cover an introduction to working with timber, a brief history of the sashwindow
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Past Workshops

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Architectural Glazing and Glass Conservation

Led by Bruce Hutton, this workshop covered a history of glass and glazing, installation, decoration, maintenance and repair and also the application of linseed oil putty. The workshop also included a short house tour of Waller House.

Bruce Hutton founded Almond glass in 1994. He completed a Fine Arts Degree (Chisholm Institute of Technology) majoring in stained glass in 1988, he then went on to work in the industry both in Australia, England and South Africa. He completed a Postgraduate (Monash University) in 1996, focusing on the conservation and restoration techniques of stained glass.

Repointing Mortar Joints Workshop

Como House, South Yarra

Outcomes included familiarity with lime, sand and aggregate selection processes, practical awareness of materials preparation and use including tool handling and heritage philosophy as to the extent of pointing intervention

Timber and Sash Windows Workshop

Private workshop

This workshop covered an introduction to working with timber, a brief history of the sash window and an overview of the construction, installation and repair of sash windows. The session will ended with a Q and A with the instructor, Ian Goddard, who is a joiner with many years' experience both in Australia and the United Kingdom where he did his training.

Repointing and Masonry Workshop

Como House, South Yarra

This practical hands on workshop was focused on performing repointing and masonry repair to the east wall of the original coach house at Como House in South Yarra.

Architectural Finishes Workshop

Como House, South Yarra

This two day workshop covered a variety of areas relating to exterior finishes to heritage buildings, including architectural finishes investigation, understanding stucco, paint removal techniques, the conservation of stucco and re-finishing techniques. It was led by experts in the area including Conservation specialist Donald Ellsmore and plasterer Ray Wiltshire.