An important goal of my
lifes work is to help as many people as possible by
sharing what I have learned working on historic
buildings. After forty years of hands-on work and twenty-five years writing and consulting around the country
I have found there are many details of restoration work
that can only be passed along through live demonstration
and personal interaction. I hope to instill participants
with my own enthusiasm and channel their new knowledge
into a practical approach that will help them achieve
their own goals.
Once I have arrived and given a workshop folks often want me
to come to their home or project for a consultation. My schedule
is usually packed and I cannot extend my trip. If you think you
will want me to consult while in your area let me know well in
advance by email so I can include you in my plans. If you would
like me to come to your area to give a workshop show a printout
of this webpage to your local, state or regional preservation
organization and let me know by email so I can contact them too.
Let me know if you need a workshop or seminar in your area. Can't
afford to pay the fee for a workshop? Interns and Assistants
attend at no cost and I actively seek an assistant for every
workshop. Apply by email after you have reviewed Internships and Assistantships.
Past participants have been contractors, tradespeople
and homeowners from Colonial Williamsburg Virginia, Oregon, Quebec, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, Virginia, Washington DC, North
Carolina, New York, California, New
Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Texas and Nebraska.
Window design has evolved over centuries to enhance the beauty of the building, keep
out the storm, let in the breeze, give you a view of the trees, the moon,
and the universe beyond. They have held up to decades of use and abuse. With a round of
maintenance and a few repairs they will easily last another century. This is why it is worth caring for older and historic windows.
Yet thousands of windows are ripped out of your state's older and historic
buildings and hauled to the dump each year. This astonishing loss is due
in large part to the fact that few people know how to maintain and repair their
existing wood windows. The window replacement industry is
figuring they will get their hands on your windows sooner rather than later. In some cases owners succumb to the sales pitch for
complete replacement and their entire house-full of windows are lost when all
the windows really need is a round of simple maintenance. Learn the most
efficient and effective means for saving older and historic windows from the
Workshop participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging.
Interstate I-95 is the main auto route north into Maine, the nearest Portland
Exit is #48. Air travelers will use the Portland
International Jetport (PWM). The DownEaster
passenger rail service to and from Portland connects to Boston's North Station, but it is a bit
tricky to make your way to Boston's South Station and Amtrak connections.
It was an excellent class with a phenomenal instructor. John has a way of
finding exactly the right way of helping students whether it is through theory,
demonstration or hands-on practice. In the first week since returning from the
class, I have been able to put many of the techniques to use with vastly
improved results. I can recommend this class and instructor without
-- Jan Dekema, California
Learn how to maintain and repair the exterior woodwork of your fine old
place. Decorative features of siding and trim provide much of the architectural
character of older and historic homes. This exterior woodwork also provides the
practical function of protecting the interior structure of the building from
weather and deterioration. Learn how to maintain and repair the exterior
woodwork of your fine old place. Decorative
features of siding and trim provide much of the architectural character of older
and historic homes. This exterior woodwork also provides the practical function
of protecting the interior structure of the building from weather and
deterioration. In this workshop you will learn how to maintain and repair the
exterior woodwork of your fine old place.