MSM student Kenneth Summers had a chance to try the All Saw. Submitted photo

Mitch demonstrates the difference in silica dust between the angle grinder saw and the AllSaw. Submitted photo

Troy From ArborTech demonstrates the saw that was originally designed for wood and has been adapted with a diamond blade to remove mortar. The saw can be hooked into a HEPA vacuum system to reduce dust. Submitted photo

MSM instructor/founder Stephen “Mitch” Mitchell explaining the grinder diamond blade as opposed to the reciprocating carbide tip of the All Saw. submitted photo

FARMINGTON — Maine School of Masonry students, founder/instructor Stephen “Mitch “Mitchell, Arbortech Representative Troy Conary, OSHA Representative Nancy Keune, and Safety works representative Mary Matthews from the Maine Department of Labor, recently met at the Titcomb House in Farmington Maine.

The students are currently in the restoration part of the curriculum at MSM. The Titcomb House is a historic jewel located in Farmington. Jane Woodman of the Farmington Historical Society contacted the school regarding the brick foundation in need of repair. Ms. Woodman gave the students a tour of the Titcomb House while they were on site. MSM is approved by the Maine Historical Society to do restoration work around the State. The students and Mitch are currently working at Fort Knox on much needed restoration as well.

Troy Conary from Arbortech did a demonstration on the safety of the All Saw used in restoration. Arbortech is one of the leading companies in masonry tool development. The All Saw significantly reduces the silica dust that is created by removing mortar. It is also a very precise tool used for restoration. The saw can be hooked into a HEPA vacuum system which makes it safe to use in enclosed areas. The Maine School of Masonry is in an alliance with OSHA and Safety Works, it is the goal of MSM to teach students about best safety practices in the field of Masonry.

Six students from the school spent the day learning about the saw and other tools. Masonry School student Kenneth Summers had a chance to try the saw, the students will be using the All Saw and vacuum system in the future. These types of opportunities allow the students to work in the community and use materials and equipment that they are learning about. There are currently eight students enrolled in the Masonry School this year, there are three efficiency apartments that house students from Maine to Virginia. The program is designed for the students to develop skills and knowledge in the brick, block, stone, tile, and restoration techniques used in masonry fields. The students develop skills through lab projects, classroom instruction, hands on projects, and community involvement projects. There is a great demand for masons in the United States and around the world; these students will be able to use their skills in a variety of work settings.

Maine School of Masonry is currently accepting applications for the 2021- 22 school year. There will also be an open house on May 28 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and learn more about MSM. If you would like to find out more about the masonry school or courses visit

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