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IPTW 2015 - "All the Trades Under One Roof"
The Preservation Trades Network presents the 19th annual International Preservation Trades Workshop - July 22-24 at the Shelburne Farms Coach Barn in Burlington, Vermont

The 19th annual International Preservation Trades Workshop will take place July 22-24, 2015, at Shelburne Farms, one of the finest examples of a Victorian Era model farm and country estate, and a National Historic Landmark. Created for Dr. William Seward and Lila Vanderbilt Webb from 1886 to 1915, Shelburne Farms occupies 1,400 acres of designed and agricultural landscape, with significant buildings representing a combination of Shingle and Queen Anne styles. Four major historic buildings and 78 secondary buildings, structures, and sites are situated in broad expanses of fields, with rolling hills, forests, gardens, and rocky lakeshore. Eleven and a half miles of curvilinear interior roads, and eight miles of walking trails traverse the varied farm and estate landscape, and provide magnificent vistas of Lake Champlain, the Adirondack Mountains to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. Shelburne Farms is an educational nonprofit, practicing environmentally, economically and culturally sustainable rural land use and agriculture, as well as offering educational programs and activities.

IPTW 2015 will be held in the 1902 Coach Barn, the last of the four major buildings at the site designed by architect Robert Robertson. Used for large group gatherings, exhibits, conferences, and special events, the Coach Barn offers the perfect venue for gathering “All the Trades Under One Roof”. The International Preservation Trades Workshop is the only annual event in North America which brings the foremost practitioners of the traditional trades together in a single event, dedicated to sharing the skills and knowledge of all of the trades employed in conservation of the built environment. Since 1997, masons, timber framers, carpenters, painters, roofers, plasterers, metal workers and practitioners of other traditional trades from more than a dozen countries have come together to share their knowledge and demonstrate their skills. Every IPTW draws a diverse audience of tradespeople, architects, preservationists, students and home owners, and offers unique learning opportunities for people of all ages, skills levels and interests.

Known for its arts and culture, vitality, history, and walkable downtown, nearby Burlington, Vermont has received numerous accolades including being designated by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance as #2 among “America’s 10 Great Places to Live” in 2013, and being chosen as the very best small city in the country, for its “State of Well Being”, in a 2010 Gallup-Healthways poll.” Make plans to join us for IPTW 2015 to engage, learn, connect, and explore all this remarkable location has to offer. <read more>


Call for Demonstration Proposals for IPTW 2015

Being a demonstrator or presenter at an International Preservation Trades Workshop is a great way to share your skills and knowledge and increase your visibility as a leader in the preservation trades. Demonstrators should have a strong background in the traditional building trades, as well as the ability to convey their techniques and skills in a way that highlights the diversity, vitality and relevance of the traditional trades and contributes to their understanding and practice. The IPTW is an interdisciplinary event designed to attract participants of many backgrounds, ages and skill levels including tradespeople, allied disciplines, students and interested members of the public.

The 19th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop will be held at the Coach Barn at the Shelburne Farm in Burlington, VT on July 22-24th, 2015 with a set-up day on July 21st. This outstanding venue will feature covered areas for most demonstrations and is located on the shore of Lake Champlain. In addition to the outstanding skills from around the country we will be showcasing New England artisans and helping them connect to the wider network of preservation professionals.

Setup will be on Tuesday July 21st and demonstrations will be held on Wednesday, July 22nd through Friday the 24th. This year we will have a total of 10 sessions with approximately 7 tracks covering masonry, plaster windows and doors, joinery, carpentry and timber framing, roofing, metal work, decorative finishes and business. You will need to demonstrate at least twice and will have the option to specify your preference if desired though we cannot guarantee a particular slot until the demonstrator schedule is finalized. All demonstrations must break down and be clear of the venue prior to the Friday evening dinner and auction. Full details will be provided in the course of your acceptance.

If you're interested in sharing your skills and knowledge with the PTN community please fill out a demonstration proposal form. Each demonstrator submission will be reviewed and selected by the Demonstration Committee. If you have questions or need additional information please check our Demonstrator Guidelines or contact the PTN Office at: or 866-853-9335.

Call for Candidates for the PTN Board of Directors

Want to be part of the PTN leadership? Be a part of the “transparency” of activity between the board and PTN members? Then consider becoming a candidate for open positions on the PTN Board! Applications are available on the PTN website. Completed applications will be accepted through Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

The application will ask for some biographical information, and offer you the opportunity to tell voters why they should want you representing their interests on the Board. To qualify as a Board Director, you must be a PTN member in good standing (no unpaid dues). Directors are required to participate in monthly meetings, conducted by telephone conference call (currently on the 3rd Thursday of each month). Director’s meet together twice a year, once just after the annual Member’s Business Meeting (Saturday July 25, 2015 this year held at the site of the IPTW), and once at a retreat (currently scheduled for September 10-13, 2015) to plan the next year. (PTN does not cover Directors’ travel expenses.)

Much of the work of the organization is accomplished through committees and task forces, between monthly Board meetings. You will have a choice of which committee to join, and may participate on more than one. Our bylaws require at least 2 Directors on each committee, so one of those usually chairs the group, and prepares a simple status report prior to each monthly board meeting. Other PTN members, however, may chair or participate on committees, or on task forces focused on a single issue or event, and are encouraged to do so. One of the expectations of a Director is the recruitment of members to work with the board in that capacity.

So, think about what you like about your organization now. Continuing that requires dedicated and enthusiastic people. Think about anything new you’d like your PTN to offer to members. Then think about how you might personally be able to help. That might be as a member of a committee, or leading a task force to accomplish a specific task, or writing a newsletter article, or sending some great photos to share in the newsletter, or even as a Board member. We encourage you to talk to Directors at the IPTW about issues that are important to you, and that idea you have that might be accomplished in a few weeks by a small group of members, or getting involved with planning the next IPTW, or submitting an application for one of those open positions on your Board of Directors. Submit an application <here>


PTN Annual Meeting Notice

The Annual Meeting of PTN members will be held on Friday, July 24, 2015 during the IPTW. This is your opportunity to meet your Directors, and learn what the Board has been doing in response to concerns expressed at the last meeting, suggestions and comments shared by members throughout the year, and those projects and issues Directors identified as something on which they especially wanted to work over the past year.

One item on the agenda will be a discussion of how members can be directly involved in the management of PTN, without the full responsibilities of a Director. Opportunities exist to be part of the activities relating to where PTN is going, and how to get there, while preserving the best of what we are, and have been. For example, are you interested in how we can employ the latest in technology to communicate with members and others? Would you like to be part of developing local and regional PTN supported events? Do you have a passion to pass traditional preservation skills on to a new generation of craftsmen, through anything from hands-on demonstrations, to formal apprenticeships, to broadcast webinars? Do you have some brilliant (or possibly even crazy) idea of how PTN can be more relevant, more effective, or just “more” of what you would like it to be? We have a place for you. You might lead or participate on a committee or a task force. You might want to present a new idea to the Board, or to a committee, or to an individual Director. This is your PTN. As Gandhi wrote, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”

Stained Glass Symposium Exploring Jewels of Light: Creation, Preservation, Appreciation of Stained Glass

The Association for Preservation Technology is pleased to host the Stained Glass Symposium “Jewels of Light: Creation, Preservation, Appreciation of Stained Glass” at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C. on June 19th-20th. Presentations, key note speakers, round table discussions, demonstrations, and site tours are sure to make this a special event. For more information and to register please visit the APT website.

5th International Trades Education Symposium
ITES 2015 - Savannah, Georgia, May 14-16, 2015

The Foundations Are Set: Build The Cornerstones

The Savannah Technical College Center for Traditional Craft in partnership with the Preservation Trades Network and the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU) USA, hosted the 5th International trades Education Symposium (ITES) May 14-16 2015 at Savannah Technical College in Savannah, Georgia USA.

The goal of this conference was to create an environment for collaborative exchanges between educational providers, institutions/organizations, government and industry and to permit educational providers to build greater partnerships with their peers. This conference is designed to build on the collaborative learning set forth during previous ITES events including Lincoln UK (2011), Leadville Colorado (2009), Tallberg, Sweden (2007) and St. Clairsville Ohio (2005).

The ITES “was designed to create opportunities for dialog and exploration of domestic and international models for building trades education and discussion of issues impacting the future of the building trades.” The ITES has succeeded in creating a forum for discussion of traditional trades education. However, a broader and much more pervasive need has become apparent. How do those attending the ITES, and the larger population working on issues of trade education, connect and work together as a community rather than in isolation to forge an interactive structure and have a more powerful impact on the future?

The ITES has shown there is a desire and need to come together to discuss trades education initiatives, but it is has also shown a much greater need; to create an infrastructure which will allow this to happen intuitively and more immediately rather than every two years or so. How can we establish a communications network which will allow people to access information about what is happening internationally without excessive amounts of research and development?

How can a network be developed which will show people what has and is happening in real time so that they can interconnect and interact? At the ITES in Savannah we would like to pose a question. Would your efforts be enhanced if you were able to connect with individuals, organizations, government entities, companies and funders by being networked to them? And ultimately, how do we achieve this?The foundations of this union are already in place. With modern technology and by building “Cornerstones” on the present foundations, we can form a new network and begin to define a new way to meet the challenges of building a sustainable, supportive and interconnected model for trade based education and heritage conservation for the 21st Century. Your input is crucial to reaching this goal. <read more>


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Quite often folks ask, "What is the benefit of PTN?" Well, a benefit of membership in any community network is going to be in direct proportion to how involved you are in your community. Like this, if there is a PTN member near you then chances are pretty good that you are both interested in fixing up old buildings with tools and stuff like that. Reach out and contact them and see if they would like to share with you in a coffee/green tea/meditation/roach-coach break and talk about old buildings, the world, shop-talk, the weather, or how to do stuff like sharpen knives, cut stone, break bread, build bonfires, solder or glaze a window. So, the first benefit of PTN membership is the people that you get to meet. And in case you may wonder where all of these people are at, here is a map:

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PTN Mission: “To empower the traditional building trades through network, good works, community, fellowship and education.”

The essential element of the Preservation Trades Network is the network. Why should we network? Because it empowers us in our lives, it reinforces and builds upon our individual talents and our personal values. It manifests through our ability and willingness to connect and share openly with others that takes us beyond our individual selves. Though membership is an important element of a healthy community, a network goes the next step and the next steps onward beyond the immediate community. To network is to continually reach out to other people and to new territory beyond ourselves.

Good Works
We intend through the practice of our combined trades to leave something of value behind us in the built environment, but more importantly we intend to honor values of traditional trade practice in our lives, in our teaching of others, and through our good works. Though we intend to do good work in our individual professions, the effect of good works is that as a community we provide something of value to enhance and celebrate the human condition within the cultural heritage of the built environment.

We do not build and rebuild alone. We build with friends regardless if they be from any walk of life, any country, trade or profession. We share and bond in our experience of working together and with our coming together to build and rebuild we build community. We share of ourselves within community and live fully through our sense of service to our community.

We strive to know each other within our particular trade interest, but more importantly to know and to recognize each other across the interests of many variations of traditional trade practice, personal interests and diversity of professions.

We want to teach others and we ourselves want to learn from each other and from others.

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