Maine School of Masonry receives hand carved stone, is on T.V. and in a national magazine

Chandler Ellis, above, is enrolled in the school’s restorative masonry program. Ellis is taking advantage of work opportunities provided by the school, earning $18 per hour while learning on the job. Photo by Ramona du Houx

By Ramona du Houx

In January, Rich Ciarcia, a board member of the Maine School of Masonry, presented a hand carved stone sign that reads, Maine School of Masonry to the founder of the school, Stephen D. Mitchell, (Mitch). below

Ciarcia meticulously carved the inscription and is a graduate of M.S.M. The monument will be displayed in the entrance of the school and serves as a testament to the craftsmanship the school inspires.

“It was such a wonderful surprise,” said Mitch, the school’s founder and director. “We never expected it and are humbled by Rich’s commitment to our school.”

Recently, Maine State Representative Tom Saviello hosted Mitch on his local Mt. Blue T.V. show “Talkin Maine,” to get the word out about what the Maine School of Masonry has to offer students who want to succeed in this timeless craft. (Photo above) For many young people searching for a life long trade in a hands-on profession masonry may be the answer, as there is a shortage of masons throughout the U.S.A. A 2015 study by the Associated General Contractors of America found that 55 percent of masonry contractors reported having trouble filling jobs.

Please click here to see the show: http://www.mtbluetv.org/program-talkin-maine.html

The Maine School of Masonry has been teaching students for over 13 years, training future masons in a timeless art. The school even lines up jobs for graduates at ten reputable businesses.

Their unique Historic Restoration and Preservation program takes students to work on sites listed as National Registered Historic buildings. Currently these classes are working on restoring Fort Knox near Prospect and the Kennebec Arsenal in Augusta. 

Chandler Ellis is enrolled in the school’s restorative masonry program. Ellis is taking advantage of work opportunities provided by the school, earning $18 per hour while learning on the job. 

“It makes me proud to think I can make a difference restoring a 200 to 300 year-old building, so it’ll be here for future generations,” said Ellis.

The on the job learning experience for students at these historic landmarks is unsurpassed as they’re trained by master masons, who have years of experience and insights into the craft that they are willing to share. It’s the only course of its kind in America.

The school’s programs have become nationally known and an article, “Rebuilding the Masonry Labor Force: Good wages. Excellent job prospects. Opportunities to earn while you’re in training,” by Jim Cook appeared in the Pro-Masonry Guide magazine.

To read more please follow the link: http://promasonryguide.com/rebuilding-the-masonry-labor-force/

For more information about the school please visit: www.masonryschool.org