IPTW 2018 Demonstrators

IPTW 2018 Demonstrators


Too Many Irons in the Fire: Forging Techniques

Tim Beachley


Introduce and describe the tools of the blacksmith - anvil, forge, hammers, etc. Also cover the materials used, e.g., steel, iron, and wrought iron. Demonstrate various forging techniques and use those methods in forging samples of historic hardware; including nails, a strap hinge, and a door latch.


Tim Beachley is a blacksmith living in Frederick, MD. He works in a studio on a picturesque farm in Ijamsville, MD. After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Frostburg State University in 1993, he began blacksmithing in 2001 after taking a class at the Carroll Co Farm Museum. In addition to blacksmithing, Beachley’s metal working includes fabrication and welding in ferrous and non-ferrous metals. His work includes traditional hardware, furniture, railings, sculpture, and housewares. He has clients in several states, including Washington DC, Europe, Fort McHenry in Baltimore, MD, Gettysburg Battlefield Park, Harpers Ferry, WV, and even the White House. Tim often demonstrates at both art festivals and for blacksmithing groups and teaches blacksmithing on occasion.


"Let your Building Speak," Existing Conditions Documentation in the 21st Century

Battle Brown


Clear communication of work scope is a key to any successful project.  In this session you will see how to use photography (photogrammetry) to document and define your next project to bring you more control; thus reducing equipment and manpower on-site to validation rather than labor intensive discovery of existing conditions using expensive lifts and cranes.  You will also leave the next generation of preservationists and owners a record they can use.  We'll compare project drawing to building photos so you can see what the scope marked drawings mean without having to rent a lift to do it.  When you document, present, and navigate your next project visually, you'll be helping your building to speak loudly and clearly about its needs. 


Battle Brown is the principle owner of Manassas Consulting LLC located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Battle created a process for developing blueprints showing the surface texture of buildings greatly simplifying communication of work scope.  He has over 40 years of experience in imaging, graphics, and communications and has been involved in the AEC industry for over 15 years as owner, contractor, and consultant.  With experience as an owner's representative for a historic landmark needing to clarify, document, and communicate work scope, he provides the next generation of owners with usable records for guidance providing the impetus for development of the program content being presented. 


Make it go BOOM! Blacksmithing Parts for Revolutionary War Cannons

Davis Bruce


Demonstrations of basic blacksmithing skills needed to fabricate parts for historically accurate Revolutionary War cannon carriages.


Bruce runs the Cannon Carriage shop for Colonial National Historical Park in Yorktown VA.

He is an Exhibit Specialist for the National Park Service, master carpenter, wheelwright and blacksmith.


I Almost Dyed and Stained My Pants

Robert Cagnetta


Color matching natural wood can be the biggest challenge in restoration. This session will cover using aniline dyes, custom stains, and pigmented topcoats to achieve a great match for most any job. By using various techniques of exact measurements and winging it, you too can make the right color without blowing it.


Rob began Heritage Restoration, Inc. in 2001 as a broad range construction and restoration service company. The company began as one of general contracting, building maintenance, window and door restoration, and fine craftsmanship however now it is dedicated to preserving and enhancing a building's beauty, function, efficiency, and charm. Rob's company been the recipient of three RI State Historic Preservation Awards, two Doris Duke Preservation Awards, and a Providence Preservation Society award.  Rob is a professor at Roger Williams University, has a blog, writes a monthly column for the South County Independent, serves on various local boards and committees, and was a past Board Member of PTN. Rob is a 1991 graduate of Roger Williams University's Historic Preservation program.


Shiny Copper Roofing on a Curve

John Chan


We will be demonstrating how to curve copper panels on a roof deck.  It'll show the underlayment, the copper, the fasteners, and how to terminate it on a slate roof.  The slate layout will be shown as it would on a slate/copper transition.


John Chan has worked with slate, tile and copper roofing at The Durable Slate Company for over 30 years.  He has worked on various projects including pre-revolutionary homes, Presidential homes, and historic architecture all over the country as well as abroad! He has worked in countries such as Lima, Peru and the House of Parliament in Trinidad and Tobago.  John has also served as the President of the National Slate Association for 5 years.


Put the Lead in: Casting Replacement Ornamental Fence Elements

Jason Church


Historically it was common to do lead repairs to ornamental cast iron fences. Replacement parts were cast in lead due to the easy in workability and the low cost.  This session will show how to make high temp RTV Silicone molds from existing elements and cast new pieces in lead.


Jason Church is a Materials Conservator in the Materials Conservation Program at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) in Natchitoches, LA. NCPTT is a research and training office of the National Park Service. Jason divides his time between original research, field work on outdoor sculpture and architectural materials and organizing various trainings and conferences. He earned his M.F.A. in Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design and is a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. Church is currently the Conservation Chair of the Association for Gravestone Studies. 


How to make old windows new again!

Douglas Claytor


We will talk about historic wooden windows -from their materials and construction details to their complete restoration. Doug will bring samples of a number of windows from different periods. Then show his processes for paint removal and the salvage and safe removal of historic glass. After paint removal and any repairs to the sash, he will demonstrate proper surface preparation for painting and glazing. He will show how to glaze the wooden windows which will include how to clean historic glass. After the glazing he will teach how to paint the window. As all these steps to a windows restoration are completed he will fill in the allotted time with plenty of antic dotes and humor.


Douglas Claytor has been restoring wooden windows for over 35 years and in so doing has mastered the disciplines necessary to carry out such work.  Doug, as he is known to his friends, formally was employed by the Historic Preservation Training Center, National Park Service and restored many NPS windows while there. Since that time he has endeavored to teach what he has learned and wants to see the restoration skills preserved for future generations.


Crafty Sash - Who Made Them and How?

Alison Hardy


An exploration of the evolution from handmade window sash to factory made sash - 1790 - 1850.


As the owner of Window Woman of New England, Alison Hardy has handled thousands of window sashes from 1670 to 1970. Her undergraduate education at Denison University in theatrical costuming and Liberal Arts in no way foretold this current career, however her MBA from Boston University taught her how to make a passion into a good business.


What on earth? Natural Finishes

Joelle Huntsberry

Learn the different types of natural finishes from traditional earthen floors to fine Venetian plasters and clay paints.


Joelle Huntsberry is a plaster artisan and has been a natural builder for the past 10 years and spent the last 4 in historic preservation. He has worked at Montpelier, leading the team for the earthen floor in the main mansion as well as traditional lime plaster at Monticello. As a young artisan in love with craftsmanship and old buildings, Huntsberry believes  in presenting a whole new (old) spin to IPTW this year by bringing back one the oldest building materials and showing how to use them in modern construction and historic preservation.


Optimize Your On-line Presence for Local Search Results

Jonathan and Danielle Keperling


Learn to use free tools to reach the people searching on-line for your services: When and where they are searching.  SEO (search engine optimization) for local service businesses does not need to be difficult or expensive (with a little time and effort from you).  The curtain will be pulled back and you will leave with all of the tools and resources you need to optimize your on-line presence.


Jonathan and Danielle Keperling are two veteran preservation contractors who enjoy helping follow preservation professionals market their businesses.  Faced with the economic freefall of 2008, Danielle searched for a way to help her restoration contracting company to increase leads.  Jonathan, Danielle's partner in business and life, is an accomplished woodworker and preservationist.  He was skeptical of this process at first, but now he's a firm believer.


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John Learnard


Demonstrating the ancient art of wood graining, to preserve the culture and ensure the longevity of the trade.


Learnard has been painting from the age of 15 years old. Now 62, he practically runs the gamut in the paining trade. From cabinet finishing to automobile painting and everything in between, John has a passion for preservation.


Timber Framer's Petting Zoo: An introduction to the very basics of historic timber framing

Windy McGlinsky

Learn the names of major frame members. Explore a couple of lay-out systems. Meet and handle the tools used to cut those amazing old frames. Even better, try them out! This casual, hands-on session will offer a couple of glossary-style hand-outs, some big wood, a bunch of old tools, and the chance to play with them.


After 10+ years running a handywoman business out of a Geo Metro, Windy joined New Netherland Timber Framing and Preservation. Nearly five years later, she's fallen more in love with big, old, wooden structures, and she's collected a bunch of sharp old chisels, a couple of saws, a boring machine--and some crafty wisdom about using them.   


When and How did Bodgers get a bad name?

John Moore


The English style Shave Horse, also called a Bodgers Shave Horse is a foot activated vise that leaves both hands free to shape wood with a draw knife, spoke shave, or other cutting tools. Work pieces can be held firmly, and then rapidly repositioned simply by releasing foot pressure. Shave horses could be made in the shop or outdoors on site using green lumber. Building a shave horse is a satisfying project for experienced woodworkers, but also a great project for an apprentice who wants to hone their layout, joinery, and hand tool skills. The demonstration will cover various hand tools, fabrication of individual parts, assembly, and use. Participation is strongly recommended.


John Moore, born 1951 in Detroit, Michigan, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Wayne State University. In 1977 he moved to Brooklyn, NY and began his carpentry career converting empty commercial lofts into artists' living and studio spaces. In Brooklyn, he discovered his passion for woodworking and particularly the challenges encountered while working on older urban dwellings. In 1983 he moved to western Kentucky and owned a small residential building company. Living in Graves Co. Kentucky he has had the opportunity to restore and rehab older homes in the area including homes listed on the national register, as well as taking on new-build construction projects. He has Master of Science degree in Career and Technical Education and accepted a position in 2005 at West Kentucky Community & Technical College in Paducah, KY. While there, he developed the hands-on Historic Preservation Technology curriculum for the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. He has been a demonstrator at the for multiple International Preservation Trades Workshops and presented at the 2011 International Trades Education Symposium (ITES) in Lincoln, England and the 2015 ITES in Savannah Ga. Although no longer teaching, he understands the importance of training the next generation of skilled crafts practitioners and remains very active in the building trades.


Cemeteries: If it contains a burial, we specialize in its long term existence

Robert Mosko


Will be demonstrating how early gravestones are made, how to properly clean and various mortar recipes to repair and iron oxide pigments.


Mosko is a third generation stone and mortar mason. He studied Historical Preservation at the University of Maryland, and has 20 years of experience studying, documenting and specializing in all facets of cemetery preservation, conservation, and restoration and management.


What to Do When You Can't Find an Archaeologist but You Have to Dig

Scott Parker


In the course of preserving an historic building often preservationists have to disturb the ground around the building.  Many times this occurs without the presence of an archaeologist to monitor the disturbance.  Often it is not practical or even possible to call an archaeologist but the information in the ground is still at risk.  But if the preservationist had some knowledge of archaeological resources and how to handle them then the risk could be mitigated.
This demonstration will introduce IPTW participants to basic archaeological methods that can be applied to any project requiring ground disturbance.  Simple techniques for locating and recording archaeological resources will be demonstrated and information about identifying archaeological resources and what to do with them will be provided.  Also remote sensing (looking into the ground without digging) will be discussed along with a demonstration of soil resistivity testing.


Parker has 30 years archaeology experience - including Assistant Archaeologist for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Director of Archaeology at Montpelier, James Madison's home in Orange Co., VA. He received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 1982, and then went on to receive his masters from the University of Virginia in 1989. He is currently President and Director of Research for Little Antietam Creek, Inc. (LACI), Waynesboro, PA where he is conducting excavations at the Stoner Farm, an early 18th - 20th c. historic farm on Antietam Creek near Waynesboro.


Preservation Advocacy in the Age of Planned Obsolescence

Leslie Perrigo


This workshop will cover the three critical components of an effective preservation advocacy strategy: education, outreach and action. Historic sites and structures are torn down for a variety of reasons. Sometimes there is recourse, but too often it is too late to do anything by the time you even hear about it. Usually there are signs that indicate a potential threat, such as abandonment and neglect. By forging a diverse alliance of interdisciplinary preservation professionals and community organizations, it is possible to identify endangered properties before it is too late. Preservation advocacy provides a strong foundation with which to support the preservation trades, cultural resource management and community heritage. Case studies will be presented to illustrate potential strategies for revitalization of historic neighborhoods, and saving historic monuments. Updated information on lobbying for non-profit organizations will also be provided.


Leslie Perrigo is a Historic Preservation Specialist at Architecture & Community Heritage (ARCH) of Fort Wayne. She has presented sessions at previous years' IPTW events, the Midwest Renewable Energy Fair in Custer, Wisconsin and the Iron & Steel Preservation Workshop in Lansing, Michigan. She has a MSHP from Ball State University with minors in urban planning and energy studies. ARCH strives to preserve Allen County's unique cultural heritage through education, advocacy and architectural survey. As a representative in the field, Leslie has gained first-hand knowledge of the preservation issues that many communities across America are facing, and that sense of hopelessness that is shared. A recovering nuclear activist, her passion for energy conservation has been fiercely applied to historic buildings- many of which would not be deemed feasible without retrofits. While it is possible to increase efficiency without sacrificing historic integrity, energy conservation alone is not enough to save certain buildings from the wrecking ball. Leslie is a certified energy auditor and Green Building Professional that employs a holistic approach to historic preservation. Her life's ambition is to build lasting interdisciplinary partnerships that will have enduring impacts on sustainable historic communities. 


Mobile Sash Making

Steve Quillian


Demonstrate how quality wood sash can be replicated in a short amount of time within a small, mobile footprint of easily obtainable tools.


Quillian started restoring windows and making window parts in a detached garage in 2004, where he invented his mobile sash factory. They have since restored and replicated thousands of historic windows in his hometown of Tampa, as far north as Charleston, South Carolina and as far west as San Antonio, Texas. Steve has taught workshops across the United States and has attracted people from as far away as Canada.


Practical Geometry: You too can learn what your ancestors knew

Jane Griswold Radocchia


Practical Geometry is geometry used as a construction tool for framing and design before we had standardized dimensions. It is now largely forgotten due to the Industrial Revolution.
Beginning with the daisy wheel we will use compasses, straight edges, and pencils to layout the various geometries that governed design in the pre-1900 United States.  We will reference the history of Practical Geometry since before Vitruvius to the pattern books of the 19th century.
Participants will draw Practical Geometry diagrams and learn how to apply them to new construction as well as how to evaluate existing buildings.  We will learn our Lines and how to lie out and design building using Modules and Diameters - with no numbers.
 Copies of the diagrams and a bibliography will be available.

Jane is a 'geometer'; she researches and teaches about Practical Geometry. For 5 years she has shared knowledge about the use of geometry in historic construction at workshops and lectures.  Every year she revises her presentation as she learns more.
Jane is also a practicing architect. She works with old houses, mostly in the Northeast.  Her degrees are from Oberlin College and MIT. She has received awards and honors for her works.  

Reproducing Short lengths of Historic Moldings: Don't I Need a Shaper for That?

Mark Segro


Mark be demonstrating the reproduction and fabricating of short sections of historic wood moldings.  When faced with needing only a few feet of a deteriorated molding for a Dutchmen or scarf joint repair, reproducing a molding with a table saw and a few molding planes is a viable option.  In this demonstration he will walk through the procedure and sequencing of this process.  There will be a brief overview on purchasing, tuning, and sharpening, historic molding plane irons and wood bodies.


Mark Segro, originally from Rutherford NJ, is a 2005 graduate of the Belmont College's BPR program.  Upon completion of the BPR program Mark began his NPS career with the HPTC in the Carpentry Section as an Exhibit Specialist Trainee.  In 2011 Mark attended the 3 month Furniture Making Intensive at North Bennett Street School.  After almost seven years with HPTC, Mark accepted an Exhibit Specialist position at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area as the staff Exhibit Specialist where he reignited, developed, and led a small preservation team as the leads craftsman, conducting exterior envelope repair on the park's historic structures.  In 2016 Mark accepted a position back at HPTC as an Exhibit Specialist Project Supervisor in the Wood-Crafting Section.  Mark is married to another BPR graduate; he and his wife have a beautiful 3 year old daughter Josie and the best dog in the world, Pepper.  They live and work on another old house in Keedysville, MD.


Coping Skills

Amanda Starcher Warren


Geared for the beginner, this session covers the basics of what coping is, where it's used, and how to execute a simple coped cut. Using traditional hand tools instead of power tools to prepare a piece of trim provides the opportunity to make precise, accurate cuts and control what you're doing. Coping isn't a difficult skill but it isn't commonly used- there is a preference for a single mitered cut with caulk and paint to fill the gaps by a lot of modern "carpenters". Inside corners are rarely square, especially in older structures. Learning this simple skill elevates your trim work to a higher level, and even if you can't master it yourself you can appreciate the skill when you see it in place.


Operating a preservation services and consulting business from just outside Asheville, NC, Amanda is the epitome of busy. In addition to her business she has three children and cares for her mother in home. Yet she still plays roller derby and serves as a commissioner with her local Historic Resources Commission.


Why do slate roofs leak?

James Warden


The session will cover basic layout of a slate roof and flashing, and the 3 different methods of replacing a broken slate. This will be a hands-on demonstration and will encourage attendees to try installing slate themselves on a mock up. We will dive into the process we use on a job to accurately diagnose a leak in the slate or the flashing. We will also cover why using tar is a bad idea, and why ice and water shield or plywood underlayment doesn't work well with slate Other questions that will be answered are the clues to look for that the roof was not installed properly.



Warden is the founder of Milligan Construction in Rhode Island. He grew up in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom, on a dairy farm that has been in the family for eight generations. At an early age, his father sent him up on a 60 ft. high barn roof to "fix the leaks" with just a ¾ inch diameter, 300 ft. long rope to hold onto! Over the years, James has gained helpful skills on the farm, many of which have helped troubleshoot and solve difficult leakage problems. In the 1970's, he began doing all facets of construction. In the 1990's Warden learned more skills while doing construction in New York City. It was there that he learned slating skills from an old Englishman. After New York, he began repairing slate roofs throughout Boston. James published his business website in the year 2000. And went on to do a lot of slate work in Providence RI, including some in collaboration with the Providence Preservation Society. Currently he co-owns Milligan Construction with Hugo Gomez, acting as a consultant.


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