IPTW 2018 - Demonstrations

October 26-28, Frederick, Maryland
SAVE THE DATE! IPTW 2018 will be held in Frederick, Maryland, October 26-28


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.

Stained Glass: Beyond the Basics

Rhonda Deeg

A demonstration (Fri/Sat afternoons) of art and leaded glass repairs using a variety of historic glass panels. Methods and tools used as well as examples of conservation work done in the field will be available to see and ask about. Try your hand at cutting glass and help restore a panel.

Rhonda L. Deeg, born in Kokomo, IN only a few blocks from Kokomo Opalescent Glass, has devoted much of her career to teaching the construction trades and historic preservation in the vocational trades, both at the high school and college levels for Adult,Continuing, and Vocational Education academic programs in Michigan, Wisconsin, Maryland and Indiana. Rhonda also has over 25 years’ experience in stained and art glass restoration. She has restored and repaired many window, and door panels for historic buildings, commercial and residential, dating from the early 1800’s through the 20th century. Her new commissions are created using inspirations from the love she has for architectural details and abstract designs. She is especially attracted to free-flowing circular designs, probably from her influence of Frank Lloyd Wright designs and her love for Art Deco and Art Noveau patterns. She is also active on many local, state, and national organizations including Preservation Trades Network, Preservation Louisville, Kentucky Heritage Council, Madison Area Arts Alliance, Indiana Artisans, Stained Glass Association of America and the American Glass Guild. Rhonda has also appeared in many publications, written numerous articles for trade related magazines and spoken at many workshops/seminars, promoting the traditional trades and glass art. See more of Rhonda’s work on her Facebook page or web

Masonry 101 with Dom DeRubis

Dominic DeRubis

We will be reviewing the tools of the trade, demonstrating how to mix mortar, lay bricks and stone, describing the various types of mortar and their uses, discussing the various types of mortar joints found in masonry, and demonstrating how to cut and dress stone.

DeRubis has over 50 years of experience in the masonry trade. He started out working for an uncle, who was a brick and stone mason. After 27 years of working for his business, Dom joined the park National Park Service and began a second career. He spent 23 years working for the National Park Service providing training to current and new employees on preservation techniques and leading masonry projects.

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.

Preserving Preservation Education

Natalie Henshaw

In the United States, there are 56 formal preservation education programs, of which only 6 focus on hands-on training. The US has 100+ construction management, 200+ carpentry, 50+ masonry, and 130+ architecture degree programs. Most of these programs do not include preservation training; however, many of these graduates will work on historic structures. How can PTN broaden preservation education and integrate it into these related disciplines? This will be open discussion of experiences and ideas, culminating in action items that PTN can affect as an organization.

Henshaw holds a BA and MA in History from the University of Tulsa and an AAS in Historic Preservation and Restoration from Savannah Technical College. Since 2011, She has worked with the NPS and various preservation non-profit organizations. She also administered HistoriCorps' education program with Lamar Community College and now teach classes at Savannah Technical College. Natalie runs her own preservation business in Savannah, Georgia, specializing in masonry and window restoration.

Painting historic structures, structure ventilation, and wood repair

Duffy Hoffman

We will cover why certain paint coatings fail, and names to identify the failures. As well as how to pin point and remedy them using preparation, washing, removal and maintenance techniques. We will also cover a brief paint history and view different examples of well preserved and restored paint jobs. Learn about historic wood repair with epoxy, with an emphasis on muntins, sills, and window sash. Also learn to recognize the purpose of your historic structure, how to repair it without affecting the original functionality, reverse flawed restorations, the effects of moisture and insulation and how to use these to protect and preserve historical structures.

Duffy Hoffman is a third-generation craftsman of the historic trades devoted to the restoration. With over thirty years of experience as a preservationist, Duffy combines historic techniques with new materials to extend the life of historic structures. Duffy's has four locations across the United States: Chicago, IL, Louisville, KY, Mt Vernon OH, and Harrisburg, PA. Duffy's notable restoration projects include the First Pennsylvania Governor's Mansion, PA, the First Church of Christ, PA, Hill House Museum, WV, and numerous historic structures in Washington Crossing Historic Park, PA for the Pennsylvania Museum Commission.

Lead safe work practices and safe paint removal methods

Duffy Hoffman and Catherine Brooks

Learn how to identify lead and protect yourself and your clients. Also learn about methods of isolation and confinement for equipment to ensure project safety. Safe paint removal methods will also be discussed and demonstrated.

Duffy Hoffman is a third-generation craftsman of the historic trades devoted to the restoration. With over thirty years of experience as a preservationist, Duffy combines historic techniques with new materials to extend the life of historic structures. Duffy's has four locations across the United States: Chicago, IL, Louisville, KY, Mt Vernon OH, and Harrisburg, PA. Duffy's notable restoration projects include the First Pennsylvania Governor's Mansion, PA, the First Church of Christ, PA, Hill House Museum, WV, and numerous historic structures in Washington Crossing Historic Park, PA for the Pennsylvania Museum Commission.

Catherine Brooks’ background is in community organizing, public health, and environmental issues. She was attracted to the Swedish Speedheater™ Infrared Paint Removers because of their user and environmental safety with lead paint. In 2003, she founded Eco-Strip to become a regional distributor of their products. She received EPA’s RRP training. Her dedication to lead poisoning prevention education with both DIY homeowners and professional contractors steered her to become an officer of Lead Safe America Foundation. In 2016, Eco-Strip became the exclusive North American distributor of the Speedheater™ Infrared Paint Removers and their accessories.

Early in her career with Speedheater™ products, Catherine recognized the importance of educating historic restoration craftspeople in the real dangers to them and their customers of disturbing lead paint. As a result, her volunteer work includes: leading the Marketing Team for the Window Preservation Standards Collaborative (WPSC), sponsorship of Historicorp, and involvement in PTN. She frequently partners in presentations with Duffy Hoffman who still suffers from his severe lead poisoning over 10 years ago.

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.

Masonry and Lime that’ll Stand the Time

Chuck Jones

Introduction to stone masonry, walling, building detailing and geology and the issues that we face with masonry decay. Techniques will be explored for the appropriate repair of stone and the selection and use of lime mortar for the appropriate repair of stone and the selection and use of lime mortar for varied masonry types and situations.

Charles Jones, also known to many as Chuck Jones is a Stonemason from Carnoustie, Scotland. Charles studied his apprenticeship in Edinburgh as a Banker and Fixer Mason from 1996-2000 while apprenticed to Historic Environment Scotland. From 2000 to 2006 Jones worked on Durham Cathedral in England, Prebends Bridge, the Library and College Estate, as well as worked with Historic Environment Scotland. In 2006 Charles was awarded The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (The SPAB) William Morris Craft Fellowship. Since 2010 Charles has been Training Manager helping to set up and establish a state of the art Stonemasonry Training Facility in Stirling Scotland and is the Training location for Historic Scotland’s Building Conservation Centre, The Engine Shed. Charles’ Qualifications cover, Banker/Fixer Stonemasonry, Letter Cutting, Construction Management, Masonry Conservation and Further Education Training.

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.

Bonding and Patching Natural Stone

Paul Klees

Dutchman, Crack mending, Re-attaching, Filling holes and Patching Limestone, Granite, Marble. Demonstration will include all the procedures recommended for the best bond possible. I will also go over color matching and applying to various surface finishes and textures. Creating aesthetic repairs that last the life of the stone.

Paul is the Technical Sales Manager for Bonstone Materials Corporation and has worked in the stone and masonry industry for over 30 years manufacturing and designing systems for natural stone applications. He has extensive background in working with fabrication, restoration, installation contractors that handle natural stone projects.

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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.

Why Dutchman Repairs?

Dale Lupton

We will demonstrate how to perform a Dutchman repair. We will review how to prepare the stone to receive the Dutchman, how to cut a new piece of stone properly for use in making the Dutchman repair, how to carve the stone down to the size necessary to fit tightly into the prepared stone, and how to glue the Dutchman in place.

Lupton worked construction in the private sector for 7 years before joining the National Park Service. He has been with HPTC for over 25 years as a mason. Lupton enjoys working on Dutchman repairs in addition to the typical masonry work that HPTC performs.

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.

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.

National Mall Reconstruction- Built for Sustainability

Michael Stachowitz

In order to make the recent reconstruction of the National Mall Landscape sustainable, the National Park Service had to embark on a multi prong approach. Not only was the Mall's new infrastructure composed of the most modern elements, an agronomy program was developed, and, most importantly, a set of guidelines was developed governing its use. With this the NPS changed its focus on the resource from damage repair to damage prevention.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Michael was the Project Manager/Superintendent for the construction of the Ranch Golf Club, and as Grounds/Facility Manager of the Dedham Country and Polo Club. Both offered opportunities in landscape architecture, restoration, and preservation. More recently he has serve as the Turf Management Specialist for the National Park Service in Washington DC. He is currently the Acting Program Manager for the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation in the northeast region of the National Park Service. Steel windows working the metal James Turner Steel window restoration and case study of restoration options in glass and alterations. Worker in steel window restoration for 15 years. Now work as Executive Director of the Commonwealth Preservation Traded from 2015 to present.

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.

National Mall Reconstruction- Built for Sustainability

Michael Stachowicz

In order to make the recent reconstruction of the National Mall Landscape sustainable, the National Park Service had to embark on a multi prong approach. Not only was the Mall's new infrastructure composed of the most modern elements, an agronomy program was developed, and, most importantly, a set of guidelines was developed governing its use. With this the NPS changed its focus on the resource from damage repair to damage prevention.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Michael was the Project Manager/Superintendent for the construction of the Ranch Golf Club, and as Grounds/Facility Manager of the Dedham Country and Polo Club. Both offered opportunities in landscape architecture, restoration, and preservation. More recently he has serve as the Turf Management Specialist for the National Park Service in Washington DC. He is currently the Acting Program Manager for the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation in the northeast region of the the National Park Service.

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.

Look Up! Don't Miss the Ornaments Above You

Terry Wullenweber

Presentation will describe recent projects which include a variety of ornamental plaster restoration projects. Visuals will be shown of problem solving techniques used. The tools, equipment used as well as methods for mold-making, pouring molds and creating large ornamental medallions will be on display as well as demonstrated. Participants can try pouring small ornaments for "make and take" and try their hand in running a cornice on board.

Terry Wullenweber, third generation plasterer and owner of Wullenweber & Sons, Plastering of Milan, IN has owned and operated the family owned business since 1972. Terry has devoted his life to specializing in Decorative, Ornamental, Conventional and Veneer Plaster coatings. Much of his work can be seen on the interiors of Indiana State Museum Sites around the state, quite notably the most intricate of is the Culbertson Mansion restoration project, in New Albany, IN. Wullenweber & Sons, Plastering has completed projects within the state of Indiana as well as Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Wisconsin. They take pride and skill at replicating existing ornamental plasterwork that also has been destroyed and/or missing. Terry is active in promoting the hands-on trades to all ages and has conducted teaching workshops for Indiana Landmarks, Historic Madison, Inc., Preservation Louisville, Kentucky Heritage Council, Commonwealth Preservation Trades School and Preservation Trades Network.