Traditional Building Skills – Apprenticeship Event

Monday 30th April – Tuesday 1st May

Have you ever wanted to carve stone or slate a roof? Do you fancy dressing some lead, having a go at traditional joinery or detailed stencilling?

The Glasgow Traditional Building Forum invites you to try your hand at some traditional craft building skills at their annual apprenticeship event. Join us on Sauchiehall Street, 30th April – 1st May and get stuck in to some traditional materials and traditional skills.

This event is FREE to attend and open to all school children studying at S1 level and upwards.
Workshops will run between 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm on Monday 30th April and Tuesday 1st of May.
All attendees will have the opportunity to try each of the 5 workshops on offer over the 2 hr period.

All attendees will need to book in advance and be accompanied by a teacher or responsible adult throughout the session.
Please see the ‘Booking tab’ for further details and available time slots.

In partnership with Built Environment Forum Scotland, City of Glasgow College, The Willow Tearooms Trust, and West College Scotland we will be running short taster workshops in: –

  • Stone Carving
  • Roof slating
  • Lead dressing
  • Joinery
  • Decorative Stencilling

PPE will be provided, however we encourage you to wear clothes that you are prepared to get dirty.
There will be space available to change into PPE.
Please note that this is an outdoors event, with all workshops taking place under gazebo’s. Please dress appropriately.

Each session lasts for 2hrs consisting of 5 practical workshops. Please select your preferred time slot.


The Traditional Building Skills event will take place on the pedestrianised area on Sauchiehall Street (approximately in front of The Willow Tearooms, at 215 Sauchiehall Street, G2 3EX)

We recommend using public transport to reach the Traditional Building Skills event.
The event is less than a 10 minute walk from a number key transport hubs, with Buchanan Street Subway, Cowcaddens Subway, Queens Street Station, and Glasgow Central Station all close by.

If travelling by car, the nearest pay and display car park is on Cambridge Street Car Park, Cambridge St, Glasgow G3 6RU. This is a 5 minute walk from the event.

Glasgow City Heritage Trust and the Glasgow Traditional Building Forum are unable to provide transport, or funding for transport, to and from the event.