LAKE JUNALUSKA, N.C. — Sixty-five chimney sweeps spent the weekend at Lake Junaluska learning and practicing niche chimney sweep techniques, including how to properly lay a stone chimney, pour a chimney top or crown, and install a cricket to help get rid of moisture around a chimney.
The group gained hands-on experience with stonework at the Nanci Weldon Memorial Gym, where 10, 7-foot tall chimneys were constructed over the course of the weekend. Construction projects also took place in meeting rooms at The Terrace.
The chimney sweeps were participating in a conference hosted at Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center by the North Carolina Chimney Sweep Association, a nonprofit since 1979. The association partners with the South Carolina Chimney Sweep Association to host four conferences annually that offer continuing education courses chimney sweeps need to maintain national certification.
Lake Junaluska is a conference and retreat center and residential community that surrounds a 200-acre mountain lake in Western North Carolina. Lake Junaluska’s mission is to serve as a place of Christian hospitality where lives are transformed through renewal of soul, mind and body. For more information, visit www.lakejunaluska.com.