I attended a Cemetery Preservation Seminar this past weekend, May 6 – 7, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. I took some photos and video of our instructor, John Walters, tombstone restoration expert from Connersville, Indiana. All the photo represent what we were taught at the seminar. Some photos are from Graveyard Groomer website.
Here is tombstone that has broken in half
Here is tombstone that is unleveled
John Walters cleaning marble tombstone with nylon brush
John Walters showing the difference of tombstone after it is cleaned
Tombstone that Kathy Edgington and Wendy Bloomhower were cleaning before photo was taken. You can see some of the areas that we cleaned.
Dennie and Wendy Bloomhower standing in front of the headstone that he half way completed. Looks nice and clean.
Kathy and Wendy is front of the tombstone that we cleaned half way.
John lifting a broken tombstone
John getting ready to mix the compounds to adhere the tombstone together
John making sure that the tombstone will fit into the slot he prepared
Determining if these two pieces go together
Bracing the stone while it sets
Filling in the tombstone after it has set and is stable
John using his wooden bats to pamper down the 1/2 peat gravel and 1/2 sand mixture under the tombstone and then adding the top soil.
John teaching about the different recipes for repairing tombstone. I remember one recipe was 1-4-8 (1 part Portland cement, 4 part hydrated lime, 8 parts dry sand)