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Philip Gaches: Holidays with Tools



Date: Tuesday March 14th 2023

Time: 19:00-20:15 (GMT)

Location: Online (Zoom)

Image © Philip Gaches


Holidays with Tools

For our March Second Tuesday Talk, we’re excited to continue our theme of ‘Conservation Without Borders’ as the YCCC is joined by Philip Gaches.

During his talk, Philip will delve into the intricacies of travelling to remote and hard-to-reach locations with his tools. He’ll share his experiences of arriving with little preparation, and being greeted by numerous delegates, as well as discussing how he sources materials and resources to provide the necessary information to his clients.

What’s more, Philip will touch upon the vastly different social aspects of each work location, comparing the challenges of working in a remote Transylvanian village with no proper road for 10 miles and only one car, to the hustle and bustle of Yangon, Myanmar, with its high volume of traffic, noise, and people.

Philip will also explore the decision-making process involved in determining whether spending money on his services is a wise investment or a waste, drawing on his wealth of experience in the industry.

Finally, he’ll share his philosophy of supporting and encouraging those he meets through his work, offering ongoing advice and mentoring long after his courses have ended.

About the Speaker

Philip Gaches MPCG CRP is an expert in traditional plasterwork. His work adorns some of our most treasured Royal Palaces and his knowledge is in demand amongst craft professionals around the world.

The business was started by the late Gordon D. Gaches in 1948, and the foundation stone of the business is something Mr Gaches often said: “we must always strive to do everything to the highest standard possible”.

Philip has been in charge since 1987. He completed his apprenticeship in 1982 but has continued his career path in plastering to this day and is now considered a Master by his contemporaries. More recently Philip has been awarded the certificate of Master Plasterer by the “New Guild for the Traditional Plastering Craft”.

The business has now been joined by William H Gaches and Jude M Gaches, both apprenticed to Philip – making it 3 generations of the same family and ensuring the future of the business.




14 March 2023


7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

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