IPTW 2010 Sessions

IPTW 2010 -List of Sessions and Demonstrators
Frankfort, Kentucky - October 21-23, 2010

From October 21-23, 2010, the 14th annual International Preservation Trades Workshop - IPTW 2010 was held in Frankfort, Kentucky in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council, The Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist & Convention Bureau and the Frankfort Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites.The 2010 Kentucky State Historic Preservation Conference, co-sponsored by the Kentucky Heritage Council and Preservation Kentucky Inc. took place in conjunction with the preservation trades workshop. IPTW 2010 provided unique opportunities for preservation tradespeople, architects, preservation organization staff members, historic property stewards, state and local government employees, homeowners and students to gain understanding of the preservation trades and create exchanges between professionals and the public through interactive demonstrations, educational sessions and one-on-one discussions.

Jonathan Appell

Jonathan Appell -  Preservation of Gravestones & Monuments
Gravestone Conservator- Monumental Mason, GravestoneConservation.com
27 Miles Standish Drive, West Hartford, Connecticut  06107

This introduction to gravestone conservation will include mock ups and demonstrations covering common gravestone conservation procedures and treatments. Stone epoxy will be discussed and a few different types of epoxy will be mixed and applied to a mock up of a fractured gravestone. Gravestone cleaning will be explained, including the philosophy of what to clean and what not to clean, and why. Stone in-fill will be discussed and demonstrated on a mock up. Stone consolidation will be briefly explained and demonstrated on a decayed piece of marble. A lifting tripod will be quickly raised and rigged, to demonstrate techniques employed in raising fallen gravestones and monuments. Questions and group interaction are strongly encouraged during the entire workshop presentation.

Jonathan Appell is a gravestone conservator and monumental mason, performing cemetery preservation planning and conservation projects throughout the United States.  He conducts the vast majority of gravestone and cemetery monument preservation seminars held nationally, hands on training workshops to help towns, cities, churches, historical societies, cemeteries, and individuals gain knowledge and experience in all areas relating to gravestone and monument preservation, historic masonry preservation planning and stone conservation treatment techniques.

Jonathan has been working in fields relating to gravestones and monuments for well over 20 years.  Prior to devoting himself exclusively to stone and historic masonry preservation, Jonathan attended violin making school, constructed cabinets, built houses and additions, as well as performed many other related trades.  He became a modern monument installer and cemetery contractor in 1986, and founded the New England Cemetery Service, performing excavation, foundations, monument installation and monument restoration. 

During the early 1990s, Jonathan became increasingly involved with the preservation aspect of historic graveyards and cemeteries.  He sought out and gained additional knowledge and training through all available sources, such as attending numerous workshops, conferences, studying sculpture and stone carving and through extensive travels and reading. He now owns and continually enlarges an extensive library including many rare books pertaining to all related subject matters; historic masonry & mortars, geology, sculpture, archeology, cemeteries, & ancient construction techniques.

G.F. Bessinger

G.F. Bessinger -  If You Can't Stand the Seam, Flat Lock It!
Owner, G.F. Bessinger
509 Logan St., Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

This session will include a demonstration of standing seam and flat lock roof covering.  I will discuss various metals that can be used for roofing. Will demonstrate soldering techniques using traditional soldering iron and oven; all work and demonstrations will be with the historic tools that I still use daily in my business.

B.F. Bessinger was born and raised in Nelson County Kentucky.  He is a third generation restoration contractor.  He served in the military and attended college then worked for US Treasury, and the Commonwealth of Kentucky before returning to the family business 30 years ago.  He is married to Reba Rye and has five children.  He continues to work full time on many historic sites in Kentucky including the historic Liberty Hall site in Frankfort.

Rob Cagnetta

Rob Cagnetta -  Why There are Only Straight Questions, not Straight Answers
President, Heritage Restoration, Inc.
122 Manton Ave, Box #7, Providence, Rhode Island  02909

No historic and existing buildings are the same, so every decision needs the proper vetting of options.  Resolving what is appropriate or not can get complicated, where sometimes too much or conflicting information can get overwhelming.  We are constantly asking buildings to perform in ways they were not designed to, trying to retrofit them with new technologies, applying higher standards of efficiency, or applying new, untested materials.  We need to "Question Everything", using various resources and professionals to better understand use, longevity and affects of application.  This session is geared to the building steward or the professional asking to do something outside of their expertise.  The questions are never stupid, but ignorant uses or application of techniques and materials become the curse of the future.  Ask away, and we can help provide the resources to make an informed decision.

Rob has been in the historic building trades for over 20 years.  Armed with a degree from Roger Williams University in 1991, Rob quickly realized that theory and practical application required two different educations.  So the next 16 years were filled with jobs ranging from the man behind the broom, a brush and pile sorter, to facilitator and manager of preservation trades training and education, to the more recent owner of a general contracting building restoration company; Heritage Restoration, Inc. (HRI) of Providence, RI.  HRI has been the proud recipient of two RI State preservation awards, three Doris Duke Foundation Awards, as well as provides training and education to building stewards across New England.   Rob is the current President of the Preservation Trades Network, is on the building committee of Preserve RI, serves on South Kingston's Zoning Board, and is on the Education subcommittee of Providence Preservation Society.

Dave the Painter

Dave the Painter - Gettin' Plastered Again . . . with Dave the Painter
Preservation Painter, Heritage Restoration, Inc.
54 Willow Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02909

This session will cover a practical approach to fixing plaster cracks, holes, bumps, and more. Demonstrating using tool and products from your local home center. A must see class for homeowners who want to take part in the restoration of their own home.

"Dave the Painter" is much more than a painter. Dave has been in the trades most of his life, specializing in expert finishing, including plaster, paint and wood repair. Yet as many have experienced in the preservation trades, a single skill is never enough. Dave skills include some modern stuff like steel studs and drywall, but the more important stuff like plaster repair and actually putting on a tool belt has really shown his value to the team. Dave is active in the finishing field and in the window shop, although he is becoming a more familiar face in the wood shop and the field to help the projects along, completing everything from thieving shingles, to timber framing, to dressing, and finishing shop related work. Dave was also active in the military for some time, as one of the most cherished officer drivers, known for his impromptu fixes, as well as being thoughtful, respectful, and having a well stocked auto. Dave is currently managing an 1798 Federal Restoration project for Heritage Restoration, Inc. in Cape Cod.

Ken Follett
Ken Follett
John Leeke
John Leeke
Lisa Sasser
Lisa Sasser

Ken Follett, Lisa Sasser and John Leeke - Expand Your (Virtual) Horizons: Put the World Wide Web in Your Toolbox

If your computer experience is limited to the dreaded task of facing that overflowing E-mail inbox, you're missing out on a vast, rich world of useful connections, information and professional networking opportunities.  You don't have to be a geek  to make the World Wide Web work for you! This session will focus on using the web to find information and make connections that are relevant and useful for you (and avoiding all the stuff that isn't), creating an online presence that showcases your work and talents, and managing your online life without sacrificing  your real life. Some of the subjects to be covered include listservs like Bullamanka Pinheads, Facebook, podcasting, video editing, audio editing, handling digital pictures, LinkedIn, Bambuser, You Tube, Skype, Google, Google Wave, PDF sharing, large file sharing, blogging, Tweeting, Virtual Communities, BIM, BIP, BAP and Kazoom, as well as managing e-mail. John Leeke will be joining us on a live video cast. You'll also learn how to make the most of PTN's online resources including the PTN Member Tool Box and website.

Ken Follett, Owner, PreCon LogStrat, LLC
PO Box 417, Mastic Beach, New York 11951
Ken has been active in the construction and contract business for more than thirty-five years, with specific experience in historic conservation, exterior façade maintenance and waterproofing for the last twenty-five. Projects, primarily in the NYC environment, have included work at the Brick House at Philip Johnson's Glass House (LSA. National Trust), High Bridge (JBC, LSA, TransSystems), Carnegie Hall, Grand Central Terminal (Bovis/LaSalle Partners), West Point Military Academy (EYP), City Center (BCA), New Amsterdam Theater (Tishman/Disney), Horace Greeley Barn, Chrysler Building (TT), General Motors Building, Cable Building, Puck Building, Huntington Hilton (Arnold Associates), Neiman Marcus (White Plains, NY), Edison Building #11 relocation (Edison Foundation/NPS, BBB), Edison Memorial Tower (FMG), and the award winning restoration of the Barnes & Noble headquarters at NYC Union Square (LSA, project received awards from Municipal Art Society, Victorian Society, and NYS Parks –SHPO 1996). As former executive vice-president and partner (1987-2002) of Apple Restoration & Waterproofing, Inc., a specialty restoration-contracting firm, Mr. Follett was actively involved in the varied tasks of marketing, estimating, business development and project management on small and large historic preservation and exterior maintenance related projects. Varied exterior envelope and heritage conservation projects ranged from $20,000 to $6M in scope.

John Leeke, Owner, Historic HomeWorks
26 Higgins St. Portland, Maine 04103
John is a specialist who helps owners, tradespeople, contractors and architects understand and maintain their older and historic buildings. John learned woodworking as he grew up in his father's cabinet making shop. He studied early American architecture and decorative arts at Historic Deerfield, Massachusetts. Through the 1970's and 1980's he operated his own shop and contracting business restoring historic houses throughout New England. He still spends a good part of his time "with hammer in hand." Since the mid-1980's John has been consulting on preservation projects nationally and sharing his knowledge by writing for national publications. In 1997 John hosted the first live internet video conference in the field of historic preservation at the first International Preservation Trades Workshop, interviewing several preservation tradespeople and students in Frederick, Maryland, from his shop in Portland, Maine.

Lisa Sasser, Principal, Quid Tum Historic Structures Consulting
106 Horace Greeley Road, Amherst, New Hampshire 03031
Lisa has worked in preservation since 1972, beginning as a Museum Technician at the Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas. In 1977, she received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Texas Tech University, completing as a thesis project, a Historic Structures Report and restoration plan for a post-1680 houserow at Tesuque Pueblo, New Mexico. From 1979-1984 she was employed as a Historical Architect on the Northeast Team of the Denver Service Center, the centralized planning and design office of the National Park Service. In 1984, she became the first woman to enter the National Park Service preservation trades training program at the Williamsport Preservation Training Center in Williamsport, Maryland. After completing the trades apprenticeship program, she remained on the Training Center staff as a Supervisory Preservation Specialist and Senior Historical Architect. In 1993, she became the Assistant Chief Historical Architect for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. She worked in the Northeast Region of the National Park Service as a Project Manager and Facility Management Coordinator from 1996 until her retirement from the National Park Service in August 2009. She currently provides consulting, teaching and technical services for documentation, conservation, repair and maintenance of historic structures. Lisa is a founding member and past President of the Preservation Trades Network, as well as webmaster for PTN's online presence. She is also a current Board and Executive Committee member of the Timber Framers Guild.

David Gibney

David Gibney - Repair of Historic Porches and Exterior Elements
Owner, Historic Restoration Specialists, Inc.
PO Box 266, Smithburg, MD  21783-0266

This presentation will discuss and demonstrate various methods for effective maintenance and repair for exterior porch components, flooring and balustrades. The use of proper tools and restoration products will be covered along with the evolution and history of exterior building components.

David Gibney has been a practicing restoration craftsman in several of the traditional trades, carpentry, masonry, plastering, log and timber frame structures for the past 30 years. He is the owner of Historic Restoration Specialists, Inc. in Smithsburg, Maryland. His areas of expertise include carpentry, masonry, decorative plaster, timber and log structure restoration. David is a graduate of the Restoration Workshop sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation 1980 to 1982. He is currently on the staff of instructors in the Building and Preservation programs at Harford and Allegany College. He also is a guest instructor for the University of Pennsylvania, the Masters program in Historic Preservation. He has been a guest instructor for the American College of the Building Arts, Northern Virginia College and Shepherd College for the past several years. David has given restoration workshops for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, workshops for the National Park Service and has been a demonstrator for the past ten years for the annual IPTW conference. David is a past member of the PTN Board of Directors and a recipient of the Askins Achievement Award..

Andy deGruchy

Andy deGruchy -  If I Catch the Guy that Sandblasted Historic Brick and Throws Away Historic Fabric I’ll . . .
Owner/Consultant, LimeWorks.us
PO Box 151, Milford Square, Pennsylvania 18935

. . . tell him that I can now show him how to repair pitted/friable historic salmon brick and also show him how to reconstitute original lime mortar and aggregates into replacement repointing mortar. This is a very high-end method of conserving historic fabric. Don't throw it away! Randy Ruth (The villain poser in the photo "as the 'Evil Dr. Sandblaster'")actually runs our lab at LimeWorks.us and he will share with you custom mixes he has developed using St. Astier Lithomex to repair damaged brick along with more of our simple but effective remedies for historic masonry conservation. Its Hands on! Bring a small sample, (quart baggie) of your historic mortar, stucco, brick or stone and we can discuss it with you and attempt to help you come up with a recipe to simulate your material for your application.

Andy deGruchy- Born and raised in the Philadelphia region. Andy is a 1982 Graduate of The Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades in Media, PA as a Brickmason. Andy has restored hundreds of historic brick and stone buildings in Bucks, Montgomery and Lehigh County Pennsylvania for 26 years through deGruchy Masonry Restoration Company. He is the founder of LimeWorks.us and supplies pure lime-based repair material for masonry restoration along with associated specialty items for building conservation and sustainable building designs across the US for over 10 years. He has helped to write the masonry restoration specifications for state and national landmark buildings. He has lectured and trained others extensively on the subject of historic masonry restoration and is active in promoting volunteerism to educate about and protect our national heritage. He is married to Audrey and they have four children.

Jameson (Jamie) Gibson -  Wouldn't You Rather Hire a PTN Certified Restoration Tradesperson?
Owner, Gibson Magerfield Corp.
PO Box 371, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903

In the paper I presented at the 2009 ITES Symposium, I suggested that PTN might be a good organization to act as and administrator of a “Restoration Craftsman” certification program. At the time, I imagined that any craftsperson who had achieved a journeyman’s level of competence via any method (school, technical training or apprenticeship) being eligible to take a written and hands-on test and thus become certified. This person would then have a transportable validation of basic knowledge, manual skills, and sensitivity that would make them minimally qualified for employment on significant restoration/preservation projects around the country. During the symposium, I came to realize that there are numerous good programs currently training “would be” restoration craftspeople from Charleston to San Francisco. Each program has its niche and some are turning out more graduates than others; however, they all share a common goal, yet offer no standardized criteria for completion. The Dry Stone Conservancy offers certification at multiple levels of skill and might be an excellent example of how a national testing and certification program can function. The National Trust for Historic Preservation had a loosely structured program in the 70’s and 80’s which proved to be unsustainable in their New York location; however, their recent restoration of Montpelier, home of James Madison, in central Virginia is set up and available for any number of hands-on and classroom possibilities. Every region of the country would probably want to have a testing site nearby, and the option of moving periodically might make sense. Setting up, funding and administering such a certification program will require much study and dialog. In my session, I would like to initiate a debate of the concept, in general. I will have background data on similar programs, as well as thoughts that I find most relevant. My goal will be to stimulate a lively discussion which might lead PTN or another organization to create a study committee which would present a formal report at the next International Trades Education Symposium (ITES).

Jameson Gibson holds a B.A. (Art History) from Centre College of Kentucky. He has worked for the Fairfax County Park Authority as a Craftsman in the History Department, at the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a Craftsman Apprentice in the Restoration Workshop at Lyndhurst, and since 1977 as the Owner and Founder of Gibson/Magerfield. He has been the President of the local chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) Charlottesville-Albemarle, and Chair of the Foundation Board of the Albemarle County Historic Preservation Committee. Publications include: The Role Of Apprenticeship Training Today presented September 8, 1989 Chicago, Illinois presented to the Association For Preservation Technology (APT), Dewatering Historic Structures Using Modern Technology, Paper presented to the Association For Preservation Technology (APT) September 26, 1991 New Orleans, Louisiana, Waterproofing Historic Foundations, Old House Journal, Lane Press May/June 1992, Volume XX, Number 3, p.41-45 Burlington, Vermont

Duffy Hoffman

Duffy Hoffman -  Paint Practices for Historic Buildings
Owner, Hoffman Painting and Refinishing
#20, Apt. A, 2nd St., Elkins, WV 26241

This demonstration will address the in and outs of painting historic structures and learning about systems for successful historic painting. Topics to be covered will include function of a structure, evaluation, lead safe work practices, proper paint removal, characteristics of wood, proper surface preparation, epoxy repair, priming and finish painting, and maintenance of the structure.

Duffy Hoffman is the owner of Hoffman Painting & Refinishing, Inc.  He is a third-generation craftsman with more than twenty years’ experience in the preservation trades.  Hoffman Painting and Refinishing, Inc. specializes in paint removal, interior and exterior painting, plaster wall restoration, wallpaper installation, shutter, door, and window sash  restoration, as well as restoration carpentry, repairs, and millwork fabrication. Notable landmark projects include the Sheldon House and Tusculum in Princeton, NJ, the Locktown Friends’ Church (NJ), and the Cornwall Iron Furnace (PA).  Duffy has been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles and twice on the HGTV program “Restore America.”  He has been demonstrating at IPTWs since IPTW 2000, and is a former member of the PTN Board of Directors.

Jim Houston

Jim Houston -  Off the Stump: Oak Roofing from the Ground Up
Preservation Construction Specialist, Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Daniel Boone Homestead, 400 Daniel Boone Road, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania 19508

The audience will learn, and may participate in, the fabrication, installation and maintenance of traditional oak roofing beginning with tree identification and selection. Among roofing types covered will be side-lapped shingles, Appalachian style double- coursed shingles and the familiar three-layer type in common use today. We will converting round logs into shingles using traditional tools such as iron wedges, wood splitting maul and gluts, riving brake and froe, shaving horse (schnitzelbank) and drawknife, and nail hole punch.

Jim Houston has worked in the building trades for more than thirty years, with the focus of the last twenty years being on restoration and preservation. He has worked for the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for fifteen years. Houston was an art major in college who now finds a creative outlet in the traditional trades, applied to hand-made buildings.

Brent Humecki

Brent Humecki - Get EPA Lead-Safe Certified or Pay Up to $37,500 in Fines and Possible Jail Time!
President, Humecki Studios
428 Division Street, Crete, Illinois 60417

Common restoration activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition work can create hazardous lead dust by disturbing lead-based paint, which is proven to be harmful to adults and children. A new nationwide EPA law went into effect on April 22, 2010, requiring contractors working in homes, child care facilities, and schools built pre-1978, to be EPA Certified and must use lead safe work practices.  Non-compliance with the law can result in civil and criminal fines up to $37,500 per violation and /or imprisonment!

This informational session will cover the basics of the new law and how it will affect contractors, workers, homeowners, and landlords. You will learn about the law, who it applies to, and why you should get certified.  In addition, you will learn how to become an EPA Certified Firm and how to get your workers and staff trained and certified in order to comply with the law.

Discover Your Colorful Past

An HFI -“Historic Finish Investigation” can be a valuable asset to a restoration project.  In this session, you will learn all about HFI’s and their importance in a restoration project.  You will learn what is involved in a professional HFI including; historic research, site investigation, sampling, microscopic analysis, establishing a paint chronology, color matching and documentation.  There will be demonstrations on sampling techniques and we will explore alternative methods for determining historic color.  A microscope will be present so you can see first hand what the pros do. Come and learn the ins and outs of HFI’s and see how you can discover your own historic colors.

Brent Humecki, President of Humecki Studios, Inc. has worked in the construction industry since 1983. His career began as a Painter & Decorator from Washburne Trade School where he received the Washburne Craftsman Award.  He later went on to receive his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the International Academy of Design and Technology in Chicago, Illinois. Humecki Studios has provided restoration services for notable historic projects in the Midwest area. Brent has extensive experience in historic paint investigation & analysis, decorative finishes, wood & plaster restoration, carpentry, historic design, project management, historic research and consulting.  Brent has 8 years teaching experience in the Interior Design Program at IADT and has been a guest lecturer at Chicago's School of the Art Institute. Brent's work with historic finishes has honored Humecki Studios the following awards: 2008 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Preservation Awards: Outstanding Restorations for the Robert G. Emmond House and the Lake View Presbyterian Church, State of Illinois-Capital Development Board: Pride and Partnership Award 2006-Special Recognition for Historic Preservation: Bjorklund Hotel Restoration. Most recently, Humecki Studios has become an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm and in affiliation with the NCHH, is an accredited EPA RRP Training Provider.

Peter Janko

Peter Janko - Historic Lighting Restoration: For the non-lighting Tradesperson
President, Lumenelle Lighting Restoration, Design, & Mfg.
18719 River Road, Marengo, Illinois 60152

Ever wonder what happens between the "Before" and "After" of a restored fixture? Few people do and here is a rare and fascinating behind-the-scenes look for the simply curious.
On the other hand, if you are a woodworker, plasterer, or in any other trade that gets light fixtures attached to your work, then you definitely should attend. If own or maintain a building with historic lighting, things to know about historic fixtures will be covered such as safety, maintaining historic and monetary value, and proper cleaning techniques and simple repairs that are easy to do to keep your historic fixtures looking great.

Peter Janko is founder and president of Lumenelle Lighting Restoration, Design & Mfg. Peter’s 30+ years of product design experience provides extensive knowledge of materials and their characteristics as well as invaluable insight into why certain materials were used and the reasons used as they relate to the function of a light fixture. Peter has had hands-on involvement in every Lumenelle restoration project.  Notable projects include the restoration of 23 crystal chandeliers for the Grand and State Ballrooms of Chicago's landmark Palmer House Hilton, part of the largest hotel renovation ever completed in North America and recently the the restoration of the "Duchess" at the Rialto Square Theatre believed to be the nations largest historic crystal chandelier at 2 1/2 tons. Peter's involement in lighting restoration reaches beyond just restoration of the fixtures themselves but also into how those fixtures relate and interact with the building they are in.

Dr. Gerard CJ Lynch

Dr. Gerard Lynch -  Carving a Gauged Brick Panel
"The Red Mason", 10 Blackthorn Grove, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes, England Mk17 8PZ

Dr. Lynch will conduct ongoing demonstration and discussion sessions surrounding the creation of a carved, gauged brickwork crest in the manner of the 17th century "Red Mason".

Dr Gerard Lynch is an internationally acclaimed and highly respected historic brickwork consultant, master bricklayer, educator and author.  He is the author of Gauged Brickwork A Technical Handbook (Gower 1990, revised 2006 Donhead), Brickwork: History: Technology and Practice (volumes 1 and 2) (Donhead 1994). Also various peer-reviewed papers and articles on aspects of his craft, which have received wide praise for their content and have led in the revival of interest for traditional historic building practices and their re-interpretation.  In 2004 he was invited to be a Keynote Speaker at the 'International Preservation Trades Workshops' (IPTW) in Alabama 2004, and received much praise for his opening speech “Putting Value back into Craft Education and Training”.  In 2005 he addressed, as Keynote Speaker, the “International Trades Education Initiative” (ITEI) in Ohio.  In September 2006 Gerard was Keynote Speaker at the Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference for the Kentucky Heritage Council.  He was awarded the title of Kentucky Colonel, the Commonwealth's highest honor for his significant contribution to craft education and training. Dr. Lynch is a recipient of the Askins Achievement Award and member of the Board of Directors of the Preservation Trades Network.

Miles Miller

Miles Miller -  Stone, Bricks and Lime Can Last a Long Time
President, Rochester - Miller Restoration Inc.
1112 Russell Cave Road, Paris, Kentucky 40361

This session will provide an overview of masonry restoration techniques and materials. Bricks (known as masonry units to architects and engineers) will be discussed in detail as to their makeup, color, hardness, versatility, and modern day evolution. Mortars will be talked about, as to their makeup, (from lime based to Portland cement) and need for compatibility with the units they are bonding together. Samples of regional building stones will be on hand and discussed.

Miles is the president and owner of Rochester - Miller Restoration Inc. The company was formed in 1981 soon after Miles graduated from the University of Kentucky College of Business Administration.  Over the past 29 years, Rochester - Miller Restoration's resume of jobs could be a virtual "Where’s Where" of the Bluegrass's historical structures.  Miles has twice won the Blue Grass Trust's "Preservation Craftsman of the Year" award covering all the trades, as well as the Kentucky Heritage Council's "Service to Preservation Award".  He was an eight year board member of Commonwealth Preservation Advocates and Preservation Kentucky. Miles is also a part time Kentucky Community and Technical College System teacher having taught numerous classes in masonry restoration, and has lectured at a number of the Kentucky Heritage Council's statewide conferences.

John C. Moore

John C. Moore -  Frustrated by Installing Wood Moldings? Learn to Cope!
Assistant Professor, West Kentucky Community & Technical College
2918 State Rte. 1748 West, Mayfield, KY, 42066, WKCTC, 4810 Alben Barkley Dr., Paducah, Kentucky 42002-7380

Even with the best power miter saw, installation of wood moldings to inside corners can yield less than the desired result. Early in my building career while working on older homes John noticed that inside corners were almost always coped; meaning, one piece of molding was cut square and butted into the corner then the adjacent piece was hand-cut to the profile of the molding and fit over the first. The resulting joint fits tightly and is more forgiving than a mitered joint. With a little practice and an understanding of the orientation and placement of moldings one can learn to efficiently cut good coped joints. Attendees will have an opportunity to make their own coped joint using a coping saw. We will also discuss how to improve efficiency by using cut-lists and simple coping jigs. 

John Moore, born 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 doing carpentry work converting empty commercial lofts to 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 with his wife to rural western Kentucky, where he still lives, and operated a small residential building company. Living in Graves Co. Kentucky he has had the opportunity to restore and rehab older homes in the area as well as taking on new custom building projects. He has earned a Master of Science in Career and Technical Education and in 2005 accepted a position at West Kentucky Community & Technical College where he teaches carpentry and is the Coordinator for the Construction Technology Program. He is currently working with the College and the Kentucky Heritage Council to develop courses for preservation trades training.    

Jack Patchin

Jack  Patchin -  Repair or Replace?  Wood Window Restoration
Owner, Ol'House Experts
1241 Michigan Road, Madison, Indiana 47250

Learn the specifics of why restored historic wood windows are superior to replacement windows. A demonstration will be given to identify the basic tools needed in restoration, repair, and maintenance of your historic wooden windows. Methods included will be Dutchman repairs, epoxy repairs, paint stripping, painting, glazing, and rope and weight replacement. A discussion of the use of old-style wavy glass and quality storm windows, as well as some product recommendations, will be covered.

Jack P. Patchin, owner of “Ol’ House Experts,” has over 30 years’ experience in the construction/restoration field. Jack has had the opportunity to restore wood windows for structures as old the mid-1700s and has also reconstructed new wooden windows for homes, barns and outbuildings. He served nine years on the maintenance crew for Taliesin Preservation, Inc. conducting maintenance and restoration work for buildings located on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin estate. In addition, he has presented workshops and seminars for preservation organizations such as Indiana Landmarks and Historic Madison, Inc. as well as at the community college level. Jack is a member of numerous organizations, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Indiana Landmarks and Preservation Trades Network.

Leslie Perrigo

Leslie Perrigo -  Got Lead Belly Syndrome? Well get the lead out!
Proprieter/Energy Auditor, Recycled Spaces
808 W. Main Street, Muncie, Indiana 47305

Have your historic stained glass windows lost that luster? Are they sagging and bowing so bad that they are starting to resemble a small beer belly? Well, cheer up! Get the lead out and bring back those glorious prismatic colors through stained glass restoration. As many of the historic stained glass windows in America are beginning to approach the limit of their materials’ life cycle, it has become crucial to find new and cost effective ways of restoring them.   This demonstartion will offer discussions on various techniques of stained glass restoration;  benefits, materials, associated costs, and an overview of the usual hazards.  Special emphasis on preservation philosophy, common restoration issues and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation.  Live window restoration throughout the weekend.

Originally from Iowa, Leslie Perrigo graduated from Belmont Technical College in St. Clairsville, Ohio in 2006.  Her degree was in building preservation and restoration technology.  Prior to attending college, She was on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Renewable Energy Association.  She returned to Iowa, after college, and worked as a laborer on a weatherization team for about 6 months. This was just not challenging enough for her, and she was interested in completing further education in architecture and planning. She moved to Indiana in 2009 to become an energy auditor for the state, while awaiting residency status for Ball State University. This fall she will continue working on her degree in sustainable planning.

Jimmy Price

Jimmy Price - Historic Masonry Preservation: What You See Isn't Always What You Get
Principal, Virginia Lime Works
PO Box 516, Monroe, Virginia 24572

More often than not historic masonry is addressed from the viewpoint of "preservation".  That is preserving what is already there.  Rarely is full on "restoration" discussed.  The restoration of historic masonry to the condition in which the structure was originally built is rarely done.  An examination of both of these approaches to dealing with historic buildings will be discussed including illustrations of how historic masonry materials and practices were utilized.  This is not a repointing class, but a discussion on how and why we work with historic buildings.  Case studies such as the 1667 Chapel of St. Mary's City and James Madison's Montpelier will be featured.

Jimmy Price is the founder and principal of Virginia Lime Works, a company established to provide traditional lime mortar for the preservation and restoration of masonry in historic structures. Mr. Price is a vocal proponent of education for tradespersons to raise the awareness and knowledge of our built environment. He has received numerous historic preservation awards from such organizations as the AIA (American Institute of Architects) and 2003 Askins Achievement Award.  In 2003, he was awarded the Quinque Fellowship that allowed him to study stone masonry and plasterwork in Scotland for ten weeks. Mr. Price has led numerous training classes, both in-house and on-site, teaching techniques for working with traditional lime mortars and plasters.

Neal Rippingale

Neal Rippingale -  If it's Stone Give us a Phone!
Training Manager, Dry Stone Conservancy, Inc.
1065 Dove Run Road, Suite 6, Lexington, Kentucky 40502

This session will cover the fundamental techniques of dry-laid stone construction.  Dry stone structures have many advantages over mortared walls.  Dry-laid walls rely on the skill of the craftmen and the forces of gravity and frictional resistance.  When correctly built, they have flexibility that allows them to conform to foundation settlement without damage.  Because the sides slope slightly inward, ground movement locks the structures more tightly into place.  They drain freely.  Importantly, a concrete footing is not needed, saving labor and material expense.  And, they are beautiful!

Neil Rippingale, the Dry Stone Conservancy's Training Program Manager, joined the staff in 2001.  He is a Master Craftsman certified by the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain.  Prior to joining the Conservancy, he was owner and manager of N.R. Stonecraft in Ediburgh, Scotland and workd as an independent walling contractor throughout the central belt of Scotland.  In his twenty-five year career as a drystone waller, Neil has received several prestigious awards for his work including first place wins in Central Scotland Walling Competitions and the Pinnacle Award (DSWA's highest award).  He has taught drystone walling to more than 3,000 trainees and worked in Augtralian, Switzerland, Scotland, England, Nova Scotia and Montreal as well as most of the states in the USA.  As the Conservancy's Training Program Manager, Neil wears many hats - technical consultant, workshop instructor, mason mentor, certification program examiner and competition organizer as well as project superintendent for the Conservancy's restoration and training projects.

Moss Rudley

Moss  Rudley, Exhibits Specialist and staff of the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC) - The Art of the "Dutchman": Creative Stone Repairs
National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC)
5 Commerce St, Frederick, Maryland 21701

HPTC craftspeople will demonstrate the hands on techniques of performing Dutchman style repairs on architectural stone.  Participants will be able to get hands on experience in using pneumatic carving chisels, grinders, stone epoxies.  The session will be conducted on damaged stone elements of the Old State Capitol building.  Participants will also get information on stone cutting, preservation philosophy, and other masonry preservation masonry techniques.

Born in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, I was raised on a working cattle farm that contained numerous historic vernacular structures that required constant maintenance.  My main exposure in the preservation field was in the care of hand-hewn log structures of Scotts-Irish and German notching and construction techniques.  During those years had the opportunity to dismantle, repair and reconstruct numerous log structures and their masonry features with my father.   I attended Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and received Degrees in Business, Civil Engineering and Culinary Arts.  Having lived in numerous historic homes during college and my experience at home and upon graduation I perused a career in Historic Preservation.  I began working for a local preservation contractor who introduced me to the more technical and modern practices in the field.  I then came to the Historic Preservation Training Center(HPTC) in 2000 as a craftsperson and became interested in the technical and practical parts project leadership.  I entered into the Exhibits Specialist training program in 2004 assigned to the Masonry Division. I was certified as an Exhibits Specialist in 2007 and I am currently a staff Exhibits Specialist with the Masonry division at HPTC. During my assignments I try to bring practical experiences and inventive thought to solving preservation problems that arise during field projects.

John Stahl

John Stahl -  New Tools for Preservation: Understanding Business in the New Economy
Business Coach, The Growth Coach of New York
PO Box 7, Canajoharie, NY 13317

John Stahl has over 25 years experience in the preservation trades. Beginning first as a window restoration contractor in New York City, then as a product developer and business owner of a national restoration products company. Beginning in 2009 John began a new venture helping business owners to grow and market their businesses through coaching. John's passion is to help small business owners to succeed. Attendees will learn effective principals of marketing and sales techniques to help get their quality services "out of the woods" and into the market that can benefit. This workshop will benefit any small business looking to grow in the new economy.

John began his career as a painting and restoration contractor in New York City in 1983. Beginning in 1995 John began a long association with This Old House Television Show appearing on several episodes demonstrating wood repair, restoration and paint preparation techniques. John has also written several articles for This Old House Magazine. Recently John has written several business related articles for This Old House.com.  John has invented several specialty products for building restoration and repair. In 1996  John retired from full time contracting and began Advanced Repair Technology, Inc. a company specializing in products and training for building restoration and maintenance. In 1999 John was awarded a US Patent for a unique weather-stripping system for existing windows. In his last business John has spoken at several regional and national building associations on the business side of  contracting. In 2009 John sold his interest in ART and began The Growth Coach, a franchise system designed  to help business owners and sales professionals make more money and work less, and lead more fulfilling lives. John is a member of the New England Painting and Decorating Association (PDCA), a member of the CRBRA , and the NAHB. John is also a member of the Albany-Colonie and Saratoga Springs Chamber of Commerce. John resides in Canajoharie, New York and travels throughout the Northeast working with various business owners and sales professionals.

Frank Sturgell

Frank Sturgell -  Messages in the Wall: A Home for Preservation Documentation
PO Box 765, Evergreen, Colorado 80437

This session will cover reation of a database that will host all of the repairs of all the historic buildings throughout the United States and possibly beyond.  Contractors and designers would place tags on 3D computer models noting where a repair had been completed. These tags will be exported to a database to store the information and sort for analysis. Tags can be filled with notations, photos, submittals, and plans to give information on how a repair was done.


  1. The database creates a source where contractors and designers can find what work has previously been done to an historic structure.  This saves research time and money for the project and all involved.
  2. Allows for more accurate bidding since contractors will know what has been done and may be able to look in the wall through photos and other documentation.
  3. Saves time and money during construction since the contractor has much better idea what in the historic construction and added repairs and can proceed with greater confidence.
  4. Gives ability to analyze data over time to find best practices for materials and methods at building orientations, climate, region, freeze/thaw cycles, others?
  5. Gives ability to analyze data over time to find who is practicing best practices.

Frank Sturgell Bio: What drives my passion in preservation is the chance to bring a structure that everyone else has condemned back to life and become a pillar of the community once again.  I have taken a much closer journey to be a historical architect.  Most of my 20 years have been spent in the field learning how to build, which is vital knowledge as a preservationist.  My credentials include a Bachelor of Science in Building Construction Management from Michigan State University.  After 12 years of field supervision including project management and estimating, I went back to school to earn a Master of Architecture and a Certificate in Historic Preservation as well as being a LEED Accredited Professional.  I am now in process to start what I have sought all along, a full service design and build firm dedicated solely to historic preservation that hopes to bring back the many talents of the master builder.

James Turner

James A. Turner - Don't be sold on replacing your Steel windows!
Owner, Turner Restoration LLC
280 East Boston Blvd, Detriot, Michigan 48202

This presentation wil discuss the benefits of repairing and/or restoring your Steel castments and double hungs.  Improved engery efficiences through the use of affordable solutions. This hands on presentation will provide attendees with the knowledge of paint removal and application, glazing removal and application,rust removal and repair of window elements.

Turner Restoration has been in the business of Steel and Wood window repair and restoration after attending the Pine Mountain Settlement's workshop.  It has been the best thing I've done in my life.  I can not express the impact those weeks have made on my work in preservation and the practical application of traditional trade methods.

Neal Vogel

Neal  Vogel - Sticks, Stones & Steel: Reglazing & Restoring Super-Sized Windows and Domes
Principal, Restoric, LLC
1604 Chicago Avenue, Suite 12, Evanston, Illinois 60201

The highlights, trials and tribulations of restoring super-sized wood, masonry and steel windows and domes over two decades will be summarized in this 90-minute session. A number of building types from churches and theatres to libraries and lighthouses will be covered in case studies from around the country. Stained and leaded glass, storm glazing, custom-milled frames and limestone-set windows will be addressed along with bronze and steel frames. Much of this session will translate to smaller residential installations as well.  

Neal Vogel is the Principal of Restoric, LLC, a restoration consulting and contracting business specializing in historic window restoration located in Evanston, Illinois.  Neal provides consulting and contracting services for typical wood and steel window restoration, along with many types of specialty windows including rose windows, domes, skylights, laylights and ornamental glass.  Neal teaches restoration courses for The School of the Art Institute’s Historic Preservation Program and Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies. He has authored numerous technical articles and briefs on window restoration and ornamental glass for the National Park Service; Old House Journal, Stained Glass and Traditional Building.

Aubrey Williams

Aubrey Williams -  Art in Iron
Blacksmith, Hen House Forge
6290 W County Rd 850 N, Brazil, Indiana 47834

Considered one of the best craftsmen in the region specializing in authentic period items, Aubrey will demonstrate traditional blacksmithing techniques.  His designs are based on original iron artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries. Aubrey will use traditional tools and methods to produce, implements, hardware and utensils of high quality.

Jane Wooley

Jane Wooley -  Dry Stone Conservancy Revives the Craft in Kentucky and the USA
Restoration Program Manager, Dry Stone Conservancy
1065 Dove Run Road, Suite 6, Lexington, Kentucky 40502

Drystone stone masonry was historically prevalent throughout the world and widely practiced across America.  Up until the mid-20th century, virtually every challenge of America’s developing nation was answered by this time-honored craft.  Today, however, there is a gap in our collective understanding of the foundational principles that underpin this tried-and-true traditional building method. It is seldom fully understood and rarely mastered.  Within the craft, however, lies the promise to authentically restore thousands of heritage drystone structures throughout the United States as well as the promise of a more beautiful modern environment. The nonprofit Dry Stone Conservancy was formed in 1996 to address the urgent need to preserve Kentucky’s incredibly rich and diverse but fast-disappearing drystone heritage. The Conservancy’s mission has since evolved to include promotion of the craft and preservation of drystone structures nationwide. Through its partnerships with various governmental agencies, preservation organizations and historic sites the Conservancy regularly provides on-site workshops, consultations, project restoration services, on-the-job mason training and certification opportunities with the goal of developing a knowledgeable work force of professional drystone masons. This presentation begins with a brief overview of historic drystone across the United States, followed by a selection of Conservancy training and restoration partnerships that highlight various components of the Conservancy’s professional drystone mason training and certification process.

Jane M. Wooley, RLA is a Registered Landscape Architect and Restoration Program Manager for the Dry Stone Conservancy.  Since joining the Conservancy staff in June 1997, she has managed the Conservancy’s many workshops and training/restoration project partnerships.  Ms. Wooley has lectured throughout the United States as well as France, England and Ireland on the merits of drystone construction and the history of dry-laid stone masonry in America.  She has authored numerous journal and magazine articles, restoration reports and drystone masonry specifications as well as co-produced three of the Conservancy’s training videos.

Bob Yapp

Bob Yapp -  Old Windows Aren't a Pane: They're a Goldmine
President, Preservation Resources, Inc.
521 Bird Street, Hannibal, Missouri 63401

“Old Windows Aren’t A Pane - They’re a Goldmine” is a fun and intense, 1-1/2 hour session designed to give attendees a primer in cost effective and energy efficient historic wood window restoration. Participants will learn how cost-effective restoration of original, double-hung, wood windows is achieved. Bob Yapp is nationally recognized as one of the top experts in window restoration and has restored over 6,000 windows in his 36-year career. This will be an intense, learn-by-watching opportunity. You will learn about safe lead paint & glass removal, epoxy wood repair, glazing putty application, weather stripping & sash installation. At the end of the seminar you will be ready to give it a try on your property.

Bob Yapp has dedicated his career to community planning, historic preservation and central city revitalization. He's been involved in the restoration or renovation of over 150 historic properties. In 1996 Bob produced and hosted the national, PBS series, About Your House with Bob Yapp. The 52 show series was co-underwritten by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He wrote his first book, About Your House in 1997 and is working on his second. Bob was raised in Des Moines, Iowa where he was a furniture maker, old house rehabber, Des Moines Register columnist and syndicated radio talk show host. Today, Bob is President of  Preservation Resources, Inc. based in Hannibal, Missouri where he recently founded a new school for teaching hands-on preservation skills called the Belvedere School for Hands-On Preservation. For more information, 217-474-6052 or yapperman@msn.com

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