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(Plan Version: 2.0, Update: 3/21/08, New: post-workshop revisions based on participant evaluations)

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Repairing Wood Windows: A Master Class

(photo credit: Merle Easton, AIA)

Wed, 3/12/08, 8:am-5:pm, full day workshop, training, master class.

Location: Boston, MA, Heines Conference Center, Traditional Building Conference and Exhibition

See announcement, photos, video:

SPEAKER: JOHN LEEKE, American Preservationeer, John Leeke’s Historic Home Works, Portland, Maine.


Why do so many good old windows end up in the dumpster? Because the building construction industry can make more money selling us cheap plastic imitation windows. The field of historic preservation provides us with the alternative: knowledgeable tradespeople who know how to maintain and repair windows. Tradespeople and advanced do-it-yourselfers will use and learn the specific methods and procedures that have been proven effective over the past three decades. They will work with traditional materials like linseed oil putty and old-growth pine, as well as the newest methods such as wood-epoxy repairs. Your instructor, John Leeke, has been working on older buildings and their windows for four decades and has been training window workers for fifteen years. He will be assisted by trained and experienced historic window specialists.

This workshop is not everything about windows. The demonstrations and training will focus specifically on the few most common and needed maintenance methods, repair procedures and treatment strategies. Actual methods used will be determined two weeks before the workshop and will be based in part on the needs of the trainees.

Format: This workshop is organized as a "master class" with a few trainees and many observers. 5-8 trainees will work, hands-on, with the special tools and materials with direct training from the instructors and guidance from the assistants. Another 30 to 40 observers will be accepted who can watch the training, take notes and photos, and participate in question & answer sessions. There will be two 3hr. 30min. sessions with a break in between for lunch and discussion.

Follow Up and Continuing Support: John Leeke will provide ongoing support for workshop participants for a period of three months after the workshop. This will be provided online over the internet with a pro-active discussion forum that includes text and digital photos, and a monthly online live video conference. (see examples at

This workshop is not everything about windows. The demonstrations and training will focus specifically on the few most common and needed maintenance methods, repair procedures and treatment strategies. Specific methods this year are likely to include:

A. Workstation setup

B. Lead-safe operations (20% of the training time)

C. Sash joint wood-epoxy repairs

D. Sash joint, traditional mortise & tenon

E. Paint and putty

Workshop Directory

Judy Hayward, 802 356-4348c
conference education director
(please contact Judy through me for routine planning, thanks --JL)

John Leeke, 207 773-2306
Workshop Instructor & Ring Leader
Topics: Glazing, sash joint repair
Historic HomeWorks
26 Higgins St.
Portland, ME 04103
JohnLeeke **at** HistoricHomeWorks **com** com
cell: 207 239-4756
Motto: by hammer and hand great works do stand, by mind and heart we share the art


Duffy Hoffman, 215 262-0729 (may not return calls right away)
Workshop Co-Instructor
Topics: sash painting, glazing
109 Graham St.
Elkins, WV ?????
Preservation contractor & educator

James A. Turner
Workshop Co-Instructor
Topics: bowed meeting rails, sash joint repairs
Turner Restoration
POBox 02775
Detroit, MI 48202
Tradesman, contractor, educator.
Motto: Mastering the art of practical preservation.

Rickie Peterson, Workshop Assistant
preservation tradesman, Ipswich, MA
working with Cleary & Son, Inc., Waltham, MA, window restoration specialists

Bill Karp, Workshop Assistant
Karp Woodworks, Ashland, MA

30-40 observers
(to be an observer, register for the workshop here:

6-8 trainees
(trainees are pre-selected from those who register as observers. Register by Feb.15 and send me email or call 207 773-2306 to assure your consideration as a trainee)

Tentative Schedule

Leeke contacts co-instructors and assistants with detailed planning, what bring for their work, what’s provided

Duffy driving in to Boston (staying for the rest of the conference)
Jim Turner flying in to Boston (flying out Thur. AM)
9:00am Leeke leaves Portland, ME, traveling to Boston, Hines Conference Center

Tues.11 Between 12:00 & 2:30pm. Assistant, Ricky Peterson, to meet Leeke at Hines Conference Center, Cambria Street loading dock, POV lane.
Ricky, park your vehicle before hand, and come to the POV lane on foot, between 12:00 & 2:30pm. Bring a hand-truck/dolly if you have one.

Our dock-time for unloading will be sometime between 12:00noon and 2:30pm. Judy will notify Leeke when they are ready at the dock. Bring a book because we may have to wait up to 2 hours. We will have two student assistants.

Tues.11 12:00-2:30pm
Leeke arrives at conference center; Cambria Street loading dock, take the POV lane, must unload truck within 20 minutes; then moving goods to hallway near Room 100 (get floor plan of center)

Tues.11 2:30pm-6:00pm
classroom open, moving goods into classroom & begin setup

Wed.12 8:00-9:00am
Leeke & Assistants prepare for workshop at Rm.100
Please arrive a little before 8:00 if possible

Wed.12 8:00-8:30am
Trainees arrived at Rm.100 by 8:30 at the latest

Wed.12 8:00-8:45am
Observers arriving at Rm. 100

Wed.12 9:00am - 12:00pm 1st Work Session


Wed.12 1:00-5:00pm 2nd Work Session

Wed.12 5:00-7:00pm
Leeke & Assistants Pick up, Pack up, Clean up, Cleared out by 8:00pm


length: 60'
width 30'
Ceiling height: 18'

Floor: A hard cleanable surface like concrete, asphalt tile, hardboard or plywood is preferable. If carpeted, at one end, cover one-forth of the floor entirely with 6-mil poly sheeting. Our lead-safe work method provides 8'x10' 6-mil floor containments for each workstation. If there is no poly on carpet, our usual method is adequate: containments and an assistant standing by throughout the day with simple cleaning tools to catch up with anything that escapes the containments (little to none escapes).

Seating: Chairs and 2'x6' tables for 45 observers & trainees.

Handouts: two 2'x6' tables

Work tables: seven 3'x7' sturdy folding tables for work operations; no table covers or skirts, we will provide our own poly and fabric drop cloth table covers.

Arrangement of chairs & tables: By 12:00pm the day before the workshop we need the floor protection down, all chairs in stacks lined up one-deep against one wall. All tables open and set up against the opposite wall, with the 2' observer tables lined up next to the wall, one deep, then all 3' work tables lined up one deep against the 2' tables. (do not arrange the chairs and tables in the usually rows, they will only be in our way.)

Access to workshop space: At 12:00pm the day before the workshop we will start moving our equipment to the hall outside the room, at 2:30pm we will move our equipment into the room and begin setup.

Setup: workstations set up will be 10' wide down the middle of the room, with space for observation all around, chairs for observers needed, but the observers will move their own seating/standing, as needed during the day, etc.

3 or 4 workstations:
1 glazing, 1 painting, 1 woodwork (sash joint repair traditional & wood-epoxy repair), weather-check repair w/epoxy

Breakdown, Clearout & Cleanup: We will need three hours after the close of the workshop to clear the room. Small tools and valuables will go to our vehicles or lodgings. Heavy equipment and materials (benches, sash easels, windows, sashes, etc.) will go directly to the storage room next to the exhibit floor demonstration area. On Saturday 1:00pm this stuff will be shifted to the loading dock and into John's truck.

John staying at Sheraton Boston Hotel, 39 Dalton Street Boston, MA 02199 (connected to the Heines Conference Ctr.) Phone: (617) 236-2000

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