Gain an appreciation for the magic behind historic barn construction! Examine a 1/12th scale Pennsylvania "Split" Barn model and marvel at the measure which the builders behind its development embraced in the late-18th century.
Life long resident of Somerset County, PA, Fred Will was born and raised on a dairy farm. Now retired, Fred serves as Vice President of his local Historical and Genealogical Society, working diligently to document significant historic barns in the area.
Whether your interest in barns is from a historic preservation standpoint or from a more practical trades perspective, an understanding of how a barn was constructed is critical. Form follows function, and barns were the ultimate rural functional structure, but many historic barns represent cultural and aesthetic features that belie their description as simple utilitarian buildings.
Jeffrey L. Marshall works hard in the protection and conservation of the historic built and natural environment as President of Heritage Conservancy in Doylestown, PA. He also volunteers time in this pursuit, serving as the current President of HBFF and recently as Vice President of the National Barn Alliance.
We will walk visitors through the forging process of forging a campfire tripod, S-hooks, and a lid lifter for a cast iron dutch oven. Each leg of the tripod must be forged to a point, given some form of ornamentation, and have an eye forged at one end to interlock with the other two legs. We will then forge the S-hooks that form the chain to hang our cooking pot, and a lid lifter to keep from burning your hands over the fire.
My name is Andrew Graham and I am a recent graduate of the fall 2015 certification program at the Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing. I began forging when I found a bag of coal and a couple of tools in the back of an old barn that belonged to my Grandfather, that was around September of 2013. At that point I created my first forge from an old cast iron skillet, and my first anvil was a piece of railroad track. Since that time I have worked to improve my tools and my skills and deeply love what I do. I come from a tradition of learning traditional crafts as my mother for many years made a living as a leather worker, and my grandfather a blacksmith and welder. Blacksmithing for me is a beautiful combination of practical skills and art, that involves as much finesse as it does strength. I currently live in Rockbridge County in the mountains of Virginia where I continue to work to hone my craft in my personal shop.
The demo will show me carve lettering into a piece of limestone including a small ornament / decoration. Will have hand forged tools and wooden mallets. Will also display original stones from the Bryn Athyn Cathedral.
Jens Langlotz learned stone carving in Germany, serving an apprenticeship from 1984-1987. He worked under Al Walter at BA Cathedral (1988-1993), attended a master programm in Munich in stone carving, worked at Dan Lepore Co. (1996-2000) and Langlotz Stone Design (2000-2008), before becoming the restoration supervisor at BA Cathedral (2008-2016).
I will demonstrate how to forge a camp tripod that can be set up in 2 ways. In addition, I will put a decorative twist on each leg of the tripod and make a few accessories to be used with it.
I have been a self taught amateur blacksmith for ten years and recently graduated from a certificate course at the Virginia Institute of Blacksmithing. My focus is on making tools and functional items that are both attractive and useful.
Never glazed a window before? Muddled your way through a patch job but want to take the guesswork out of your next attempt? This is the course for you! This 101-level workshop covers glass fitting, setting, and glazing in the context of historic preservation. Attendees will learn about the different tools and products available, and get hands-on experience with professional guidance, which should allow them to handle small glazing jobs with confidence.
Lisa's passion for both handcraft and history began at a young age. After seven years of competitive crafting, she became the youngest docent in the history of the Noah Webster House, and contributed to the museum's collection of reproduction Colonial-era furniture. Driven by her passions, her multi-faceted career has given her a broad range of skills, from TIG welding and quality assurance to maintaining and operating a mid-century spinning frame. After working with New Netherland Timber Framing in early 2015, she made her way to Winn Mountain Restorations, where she found her calling. She has since opened her own shop, L. Force Restoration, and continues to work with WMR and NNTF as time allows.
Join leaders of the National Barn Alliance in the raising (and razing) of a 1/4-scale Dutch barn! This effort requires participation, teamwork, and the use of basic timber-framing skills-- all of which make building a mini barn a lot of fun.
Charles Leik grew up on a farm in Portland, MI, but spent much of his adult life in D.C., working at the Import-Export Bank. In retirement, he got back to his roots and his love of historic barns. Founding "The Barn Journal" website in 1996, Charles has been an integral members of the National Barn Alliance for more than a decade and leads its Teamwork & Timbers educational program.
The demonstration will involve all aspects of wooden window restoration from paint removal to glass removal to glass cleaning and window glazing with linseed oil putty.
Doug Claytor has been working on historic buildings for 30+ years in all aspects of historic restoration from carpentry and masonry to painting and plastering and other trades. Doug participated last year at the IPTW in Vermont and his able bodied assistant, Michele Smith photographed the entire event and looks forward to doing so again this year.
Many craftspeople know about infrared heat as a method for safe paint removal on windows. There are many other applications in historic restoration.
Catherine Brooks has done adult, participative workshops since 1975. In 2003 she began learning about the painting and historic restoration trades. Her knowledge of paint, paint removal methods, and application of infrared heat to those industries has grown since then.
This two-day workshop will be centered in the removal of hard mortar with hand tools and pneumatic tools.history of the structure and the degrading of the spring house due to the hard mortar will be discussed.
30 Years self-employed master mason. Historic restoration of structures in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Past member Board of Directors of PTN. Past Vice President in 2008 of PTN.
“Knob and Tube Wiring", also referred to K&T was commonly used to wire buildings in North America from around 1880 into the 1930s. A surprising amount of K&T still exists. The purpose of this session is - if you like it, you can keep it. If you want it, you can have it. This session will show you how. When you speak the words "Knob and Tube", the first words always heard in reply are; "It's against code."; "It's dangerous."; "Shocking! Positively shocking!"; "... if that fire was caused by fluky wiring in this building, we could get fires breaking out everywhere!" ... Oh wait, those last two quotes were Sean Connery in Goldfinger and Paul Newman in Towering Inferno. Contrary to the naysayers, “Knob and Tube decorative lighting” is safe and would be code compliant in any jurisdiction that accepts NEC Code. Notice that I did not say wiring. That's the key - those out there claiming that it is not safe are looking at K&T all wrong. Old installed Knob and Tube wiring, as an electrical distribution system, may very well be unsafe, especially if it hasn’t been maintained. Knob and Tube, as a decorative lighting system, is perfectly safe as has been by ~30 years of European cable lighting systems, which are in fact similar to K&T if you think about it.. What you will learn in this session is: 1) How to convert an existing system to operate at safe low voltage. 2) How to design and install a new “knob & tube” lighting using a mix of old and new components or all new system 3) The information that, should you be asked by a building inspector and/or insurance company, that will prove that your new or restored Knob& Tube lighting is absolutely safe and code compliant to the current National Electrical Code.
Historic lighting restoration actually represents my third career change. My first career was at a major accounting firm performing market share analysis of various industries and forecasting future trends within those industries. My second career change took me to a fortune 500 manufacturer of high tech communications equipment where most products were designed to military standards. The background acquired in structural and materials properties would later come to be invaluable the field of historic lighting restoration. If there was ever a field where one has to be somewhat of a "country doctor", it is historic lighting restoration. You work with materials which may not have been used for 50-75 years such as 1) different metals - sheet and cast - involving soldering, brazing, and welding; 2) a variety of plastics, glass, and crystal; 3) wood; 4) different finishes - plating and painting, spray painting and hand brush painting; 5) even fabrics; as well as 6) electrical wiring and keeping up with the latest lighting technologies and UL requirements.
We are the National Slate Association , we will introduce our mission statement, We will discuss our history, involvement in present endeavors , plans for the future, commitment, membership, what we offer, truing, education, support etc.
Bob Williams, Vt Licensed Attorney, Member PTN, Member NSA, Member and Director VT Slate Quarry Assoc., Married , One child- son, School - Syracuse Univ, & VT Law School., President QWIK Slate Inc., VP Newmont Slate Co.
Damaged pipes, open joints in built-in rain leaders and underground drain lines can cause massive damage to historic sites during the repair process. Selective lining of specific areas of pipe can be an option. Learn about methods for diagnosing, identifying and mitigating these hard to access conditions.
Dell Corporation, a preservation specialty contracting firm, was founded in 1972. Bryan Blundell became President of Dell Corporation in 1977. Since that time, the company's experience and expertise has focused on performing preservation and architectural conservation work. Mr. Blundell has knowledge of old and new technologies that relate to various aspects of traditional construction and historic preservation. His interest in technologies has led the firm to use diagnostic techniques to help resolve problems with minimal destructive impact on historic materials. Dell Corporation's work focuses on understanding deterioration of historic materials and how to stabilize, conserve, restore and recreate historic materials and finishes. Since 1991, Mr. Blundell has been involved with Preservation Resource Group, Inc. (PRGinc.com). PRG is a firm that markets products, instruments, tools & books for the preservation community. Mr. Blundell provides technical support for products handled by PRG.
We all want to keep plaster on the wall. When faced with generations of alterations and fixes, it can be a daunting task. This session will provide tools and methods for dealing with altered plaster surfaces. The goal is to share an economical way of keeping plaster out of the dumpster and the mystery out of budgeting for a perfect plaster restoration every time.
Sarel Venter has been restoring plaster in West Virginia and surrounding states for 15 years as Adventures in Elegance. He prefers detail ornamental restoration, but has been known to tackle large exterior stucco restoration projects as well. Sarel has a passion for keeping plaster out of dumpsters, believing the replacement often to be inferior to the original. He has been helping home owners by teaching them the skills needed to save the plaster in their own homes. Born in South Africa, Sarel came to the USA in 1985 and has been a resident of West Virginia since 1992. He blends his love for plaster restoration with his hobby of writing stories, and you might very well run into him in an old building, happily working on detail as he sings. If you stop, expect to share and hear a story or a joke, and be prepared to get your hands dirty with plaster.
I will present a brief history and description of traditional log building. I will demonstrate how to preserve the logs, make any necessary repairs using dutchmans and west system epoxy. Also demonstrate A streamlined technique of applying the traditional lime based daubing with modern materials.
Originally from Wheeling West Virginia historic structures are in my blood. I received a bachelors degree from Shepherd University in 1999 in sculpture (furniture design and construction). In Sherdstown, WV I began the apprenticing and journeying under serval master of various historical trades. Starting first in traditional furniture and finishes then into Stone and historic masonry black smithing and metal work. Then Journeying under master David Gibney, I developed skills in plaster, masonry, carpentry and log/timber structures. I am a general contractor practicing historic preservation as Old Willow Workshop in Greenbrier county, WV. I am recoginzed by WV as a historic preservation contractor. I am passionate about preserving our past, educating and teaching the future and continuing my personal development of artisan skills and techniques.
The restoration staff of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest will explain the restoration of the architectural mouldings for Jefferson's retreat home. The preparation for, and use of traditional moulding planes will be described and demonstrated. They will discuss the the arguments for hand planed mouldings in historical restoration. Hopefully creating an appreciation for the work involved in creating historical mouldings while inspiring others to pick up a hand plane for their next restoration.
Brian Foree is a member of the restoration staff for Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest. Brian has a degree in furniture design and sculpture from the University of Wisconsin. His interest in the preservation trades started as a Timber Framer in Montana and has developed into a great curiosity of all the historic building trades.
Slate roofs require maintenance and repair over their lengthy life times, which may be 150 years or more. This session covers the general tools, material and techniques required for the successful maintenence, restoration and/or repair of slate stone roofs.
The Slate Roofing Contractors Association of North America, Inc., was originally formed as an unincorporated association in Pennsylvania in 2005, then incorporated as an international non-profit trade association in 2008 with members on three continents. The SRCA is a participating member of the International Federation for the Roofing Trades, based in Germany, and an Affiliate Member of the National Roofing Contractors Association. The SRCA has published natural quarried slate roofing installation guidelines freely available to the public, and is developing slate roof installation, repair, restoration, flashing, and other training programs. We share our knowledge and camaraderie at scheduled conferences, and we volunteer labor and materials at non-SRCA conferences, such as the International Preservation Trades Workshops, where we installed new slate roofs in St. Clairsville, Ohio and in Frankfurt, Kentucky. We organize slate roofing professionals and other contractors and make them available to the public via our membership listings, source lists, and Contractor Profiles.
Join us for Stained Glass 101 and learn about stained glass anatomy, assess conditions, methods of repair, and Q &A.
Andrea has holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public History and Associates of Applied Science in Building Preservation and Restoration. She is based out of Detroit, MI, and has been working actively in the window and stained glass restoration field since 2009.
The turning of 3/4" pencil rod to create tension rods with turnbuckles. The tricks of the trade and how, when and where they can be used effectively. Further discussion about concealing the terminations or not concealing them.
Mike Woodford has been working on timber frame barns since 1983. Starting out working for the family business Woodford Bros., Inc. In 1996 Mike and his brother Tom Jr. assumed ownership of the family business and have been steadily growing the business in volume and territory. Mike has been a Board member for the National Barn Alliance since its early days in the 90's. Mike is currently serving as the organizations treasurer. Mike has for years made himself available to the NBA and statewide organizations to speak on the subject he enjoys the most, which is the work Woodford Bros., Inc does. Specifically the structural repair of timber frame buildings.
In continuing on John Friedrichs' two-day pre-IPTW workshop, Andy deGruchy and his LimeWorks.us Technical Install Team will continue to follow through with the removal of hard Portland cement mortars which were used inappropriately on the old stone Springhouse foundation. Demonstrations will include various removal techniques and then fully repoint two walls along with stabilizing interior walls using lime mortar. A mortar analysis prepared by the third party conservator which LimeWorks.us uses will be available for participants to see and to understand and will become a topic for discussion. Hair and straw were found in some of the interior parging mixes. Andy and his team have arranged with John Friedrichs and the Historical Architect of record to accomplish this needed work with the help of anyone who wants to join in with Andy and his team. The goal is to leave for the Clermont Foundation something to build upon after the IPTW event so that the organization can continue to move forward with in their intended plans for the full conservation of the Springhouse over time. It's a great time to get some hands-on experience with the LimeWorks.us lime mortars and equipment if you have always been wanting to see how this material and the associated techniques work together. Hope you can be part of the legacy for Clermont!
Andy deGruchy is the owner of LimeWorks.us, the nation's leading manufacturer and distributor of "green" historic preservation and sustainable building mortars, plasters and paints based on lime and not Portland cement. His lime-based materials are used for durable, appropriate, time-tested historic masonry restoration campaigns. In 1979, Andy received a full scholarship for a three-year program to study and practice masonry from the nation's oldest private trade school, The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades (Williamson College of the Trades) in Media, PA. founded in 1888. He received their "Key" award for the advancement of its founding ideals. He maintains a 20 employee company which has operated through the past 31 years as deGruchy Masonry Restoration. They have restored hundreds of historic buildings in the Delaware and Lehigh Valleys of Pennsylvania. Andy holds lectures and training workshops on the subject of historic masonry restoration and sustainable building. Andy is active in promoting volunteerism to educate about and protect our American institution which includes our natural and built environments. He finds that working to preserve our cultural resources as they are found and interpreted through regional vintage architecture, including our nation's historical burial grounds, is his life's work and his best area of service to the conservation industry.
Andrew King, David Hoggard, and Myself will be speaking about the differences between working on residential projects, and commercial projects. We plan this as a round table discussion so that we may assist other members who might be considering branching out into commercial projects. We will discuss contracts and things to look out for in the fine print. We will also discuss the additional safety requirements that may be required on large scale commercial projects. We will discuss the importance of the project schedule on a commercial project. We will also touch on other items such as insurance, bonding, pay-applications, and submittals.
Elizabeth O'Byrne: Graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2000 with a degree in Journalism. I have been working in the construction industry for over 12 years specializing in historic restoration. Opened O'Byrne Contracting in 2009 and have since completed many large commercial projects including Washington and Lee University's Colonnade, UVA's Rotunda, and UVA's New Cabel Hall. Andrew King: Graduated NC State University with a BS in Civil Engineering in 1998, and has over 17 years of construction experience. Andrew has worked with large General Contractors and completed numerous large scale projects including High Rise buildings in Richmond VA, and historic restoration projects in NC and VA. Andrew joined the OCI's team in 2014. David Hoggard of Greensboro NC founded Double Hung Historic Window Restoration in 1997. Double Hung has completed work on such projects as Leazar Hall at NC State, the Old Student Center at High Point University, and The Isley House in Greensboro NC.
Delve into the difference between looking and seeing, explore how seeing impacts memory, test memory skills, discuss how technology can support but not replace the cognitive skills acquired through hands on experience.
Past PTN president, Past PTN Vice President, Past PTN Treasurer, Chaired the PTN documentation track for 8 years. Since 1969, my efforts have been instrumental in the restoration and preservation of antique and architecturally significant buildings throughout southern New England, New York and New Jersey.