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Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Architectural History/Architectural Restoration Field School

May 17-30, 2020 

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest announces its 2020 Architectural
History / Architectural Restoration Field School. The intensive two week program will be held from May 17-30
.

The program provides an overview of the philosophy, process, and techniques for museum-quality architectural restoration and conservation. Students, professionals, and instructors from any background and discipline may qualify. The program is limited to 10 participants each year. Components include: the history of Thomas Jefferson and his villa retreat; architectural investigation, documentation, and restoration techniques. The program includes visits to other restoration projects and talks from restoration experts. A key part of the program is investigating and documenting an historic structure and producing an historic structures investigation report. This program provides an excellent understanding of the nexus of historic architecture, architectural history, and public history.

Application deadline: April 13.

More information and a typical schedule can be found on the Poplar Forest web site under the Architectural Restoration section.

Contact: Travis McDonald (434) 534-8123, travis@poplarforest.org.  Scholarships are available
The program typically qualifies for independent college credit 


Craftwork Training Center

Throughout the year, Craftwork Training Center holds workshops at the historic Millhafen Farm--a location we share with LimeWorks.us. Established in 1736, Millhafen Farm was maintained by the Derstine family for seven generations. During their ownership, the onsite sawmill endured several fires while remaining operational for 150 years. The farmhouse, barn, sawmill, and other outbuildings are undergoing restoration by LimeWorks.us. The farmstead is also being adapted and repurposed to accommodate lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on learning opportunities. Craftwork Training Center teaches time-honored skills and fine craftsmanship using intensive hands-on training in restoration masonry and carpentry techniques. Our workshops enable students to repair, restore, and stabilize historic structures and their components. We also emphasize construction principles, current and emerging industry standards, preservation practices, and sustainable materials.  There are multiple training opportunities available for 2020.


Lithomex Brick & Stone Surface Repair
Friday, May 1, 2020; Friday, July 24, 2020; Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 (8:00 am to 2:30 pm); $275 per person

Rather than cutting out and replacing damaged or decaying brick and stone, impressive repairs can be achieved by using modern lime-based mortars. Lithomex is a state-of-the-art brick and stone resurfacing and repair material specifically designed to restore the profile, surface finish, texture, and color of the original masonry unit. This workshop introduces participants to Lithomex and the basic techniques to achieve convincing and durable surface repairs for vintage masonry. The lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises review the deterioration phenomenon, selecting repair methods and materials, and procedures to work with Lithomex. Working on mock-up units, participants will practice producing variations in the Lithomex surface plane to replicate the texture of original masonry, create color shading, introduce veining and mottling, tool through color banding, and fashion details to simulate existing masonry. Class sizes are also small to ensure an exceptional learning experience. The training will be held at our headquarters at 3145 State Road, Telford, PA 18969. All the materials and tools will be supplied and a light lunch is provided for your convenience. All the materials and tools will be supplied and a light lunch is provided for your convenience.

You can book the workshop online at https://limeworks.us/product/artisan-objective-workshop-mas-06/ or call 215-536-1776 to register by phone. For inspiration, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/craftworktrainingcenter to see photos from some of our classes.

Basics of Repointing Stone & Brick Using Lime Mortar
Friday, June 19, 2020; Friday, July 17, 2020; Friday, Sept. 11, 2020; Friday, Oct. 16, 2020; Friday, Nov. 13, 2020 (8:00 am to 2:30 pm); $275 per person
The decision to repoint a masonry structure is most often related to some obvious sign of deterioration, such as disintegrating mortar, cracks in mortar joints, loose bricks or stones, or damp walls. On the surface, restoration projects may appear straight forward and intuitive, but there's no substitute for skill and experience. Good repointing practices assist in enabling the long life of the mortar joint, the wall, and the historic structure. This hands-on workshop introduces the basic principles and work practices needed to repoint vintage stone and brick structures using breathable lime mortar supplied by LimeWorks.us. The lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on exercises cover the properties of natural hydraulic lime mortars; tips for selecting and mixing lime mortars; and cleaning, filling, repointing, and tooling a basic mortar joint.

Class sizes are also small to ensure an exceptional learning experience. The training will be held at our headquarters at 3145 State Road, Telford, PA 18969. All the materials and tools will be supplied and a light lunch is provided for your convenience. All the materials and tools will be supplied and a light lunch is provided for your convenience.

You can book the workshop online at https://limeworks.us/product/artisan-objective-workshop-mas-01/ or call 215-536-1776 to register by phone. For inspiration, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/craftworktrainingcenter to see photos from some of our previous workshops!

Historic Masonry Restoration Boot Camp
Wednesday, Aug. 12, through Friday, Aug. 14, 2020 (8:00 am to 3:00 pm); $700 per person

Although generally considered permanent, masonry is subject to deterioration too. Our restoration practices attempt to keep masonry structures from deteriorating further; respect the significance of original materials and details; and stabilize, repair, and retain features wherever possible to ensure their safekeeping for future generations. To prevent damage to classic structures, the methods we support encourage the use of lime mortars that are softer or more permeable than the surrounding brick and stone and no harder or more impermeable than the existing historic mortar. Although restoration projects may appear straight forward and intuitive, there's no substitute for skill, experience, and the right materials to fit the purpose. This comprehensive workshop includes hands-on practice covering the basics of repointing brick and stone using lime mortar; basic plaster wall repair; and using Lithomex to restore the profile, surface finish, texture, and color of damaged masonry. Participants will start off by learning how to  mix, place, and cure lime mortar properly; review common pointing styles; and practice tooling, brushing, and texturing mortar joints to simulate a typical pointing profile. On the second day, students will also learn how to mix, apply, and shape Lithomex using a variety of standard masonry tools as well as practicing creative blending, tooling techniques, and fashioning details to simulate existing masonry. On the last day, under the guidance of experienced masons, students will apply a scratch coat over wood lath panels, making sure proper adhesion and sufficiently filled keys are achieved. Then, they'll work with TAKCOAT and TOPCOAT--specially formulated lime plaster from LimeWorks.us designed for resurfacing, restoring, and repairing existing plaster walls. Practicing on mock-up surfaces, participants will learn how to hold a trowel at the proper angle and use sufficient pressure to apply a transitional bonding layer of TAKCOAT followed by skimming on TOPCOAT and working it to achieve a smooth final finish. The lecture, demonstrations, and exercises also stress the importance of matching existing mortar and joint profiles where encountered in historic projects; recognizing inappropriate, incompatible, and noncomplementing masonry repairs; and seamlessly tying in repair work to create a unified and flawless surface. This intense learn-by-doing opportunity lifts the bar for engagement and interactivity while providing an enhanced understanding of the built environment, greater appreciation of historic sites, and recognition of the high level of craftsmanship that defines the masonry trade. The success of a masonry structure depends on the individual performance of the components--both separately and as a whole. With thoughtful design and execution, masonry restoration can preserve significant structures while reestablishing their resiliency. Class sizes are also small to ensure an exceptional learning experience. The training will be held at our headquarters at 3145 State Road, Telford, PA 18969. All the materials and tools will be supplied and a light lunch is provided for your convenience.

You can book the workshop online at https://limeworks.us/product/artisan-objective-workshop-mas-08/ or call 215-536-1776 to register by phone. For inspiration, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/craftworktrainingcenter to see photos from some of our classes.

Basic Plaster Wall Repair
Friday, Sept. 25, 2020; Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 (8:00 am to 3:00 pm); $350 per person A versatile building material, plaster was traditionally used as a protective and decorative coating for walls and ceilings. Plaster is much harder than drywall, creates a more durable wall surface, and is more adaptable for specialty design features like archways and curves. While original plaster work is a desirable asset to any period home, it may require maintenance and repairs to retain its elegance. This training session introduces the basics of using the LimeWorks.us lime plaster products to perform simple plaster wall repairs. During the lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on work on mock-up surfaces, participants are guided through the steps to apply a lime plaster scratch coat over a wood lath substrate (making sure proper adhesion and sufficiently filled keys are achieved) and practice hawk and trowel techniques using the proper angle and sufficient pressure to apply TakCoat (a self-adhering lime plaster transition coat) and TopCoat (the lime plaster finish coat) to deliver high quality work. Class sizes are also small to ensure an exceptional learning experience. The training will be held at our headquarters at 3145 State Road, Telford, PA 18969. All the materials and tools will be supplied and a light lunch is provided for your convenience.

You can book the workshop online at https://limeworks.us/product/artisan-objective-workshop-mas-04/ or call 215-536-1776 to register by phone. For inspiration, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/craftworktrainingcenter to see photos from some of our classes.

Sash Mechanics of Historic Wood Windows

Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020 (8:00 am to 2:30 pm); $275 per person

Old windows continue to be important to the mechanics of historic buildings as well as admirable architectural and wood working achievements. A sash window or hung sash window is made of one or more movable panels or sashes that form a frame to hold panes of glass which are often separated by muntins. To facilitate operation, the weight of the glazed panel is usually balanced by a heavy steel, lead, or cast-iron sash weight or counter-weight concealed within the window frame. The sash weight is connected to the window by a braided cotton sash cord, or a chain, that runs over a pulley at the top of the frame. These older rope-and-pulley style windows are retained by trim that must be removed before the sash can be freed and parts of the window frame must be disassembled to repair a broken sash cord. During the workshop, participants will review how to map and number sashes prior to removal, practice hands-on techniques to carefully remove window trim before lifting out a sash, disassemble parts of the window frame to access and repair broken sash cord, restring a sash, tie off the weights, open a stuck sash, and learn how to give old windows a thermal tune-up by adding weatherstripping. Well maintained historic windows can be airtight, weather resistant, and should last for generations without needing replacement parts. Class sizes are also small to ensure an exceptional learning experience. The training will be held at our headquarters at 3145 State Road, Telford, PA 18969. All the materials and tools will be supplied and a light lunch is provided for your convenience. 

You can book the workshop online at https://limeworks.us/product/artisan-objective-workshop-joyn-01/ or call 215-536-1776 to register by phone. For inspiration, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/craftworktrainingcenter to see photos from some of our classes.

Restoring Historic Wood Windows
Thursday & Friday, Nov. 19-20, 2020 (8:00 am to 3:00 pm); $500 person

As one of the few elements of a facade serving as both an interior and exterior feature, windows are nearly always an important part of the vintage character of a building. In most structures, windows also comprise a considerable amount of the historic fabric of the wall plane. Wood windows which are repaired and properly maintained will have greatly extended service lives while contributing to the historic character of the edifice. Now, you can put your piece of history back to work with a little help and a lot of guidance from our preservation specialists. The methods we support encourage the retention and repair of original windows whenever possible using old-fashioned craftsmanship combined with modern know-how. During the workshop, participants will practice hands-on techniques to restore a wood sash and review routine maintenance measures that may extend the life of historic windows. Students will also be introduced to specialized epoxies to repair deteriorated window pieces; recognize the materials, methods, and tools to safely remove old paint and glaze; be aware of painting and refinishing tools, techniques, and materials; and replace damaged glass and reglaze windows. Class sizes are also small to ensure an exceptional learning experience. The training will be held at our headquarters at 3145 State Road, Telford, PA 18969. All the materials and tools will be supplied and a light lunch is provided for your convenience. 

You can book the workshop online at https://limeworks.us/product/artisan-objective-workshop-joyn-02/ or call 215-536-1776 to register by phone. For inspiration, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/craftworktrainingcenter to see photos from some of our classes.

If you register for both window workshops, the combined price is discounted to $675.

    Links to Field Schools Summer 2020

    Clemson University Summer Institute, June 14-20

    Pacific Northwest Summer Field School 

    • session 1 August 30-September 4
    • session 2 September 8-12
    • session 3 September 14-20
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