Timber Talk: Using Traditional Methods to Replace Hand Hewn Timbers
Jason Szostek (Millfield, Ohio)
Historic log homes encounter common problems that can be repaired using traditional methods. Learn about these problems, ways to fix them, and how to replace timbers–all using traditional hand tools and methods. Session attendees will learn how to identify different hand tools, two different methods for hewing a log, identify correct species of trees for replacement timbers and describe one way to replace a hand hewn timber
Jason Szostek is a self employed historic carpenter, jointer and timber framer.
Twisted Forge Creations of a Historical Nature
Andrew Bealer (Ashville, Ohio)
Learn a combination of blacksmithing skills through Andrew's session, with a live demonstration on the forging of an auger Suffolk Style Latch. This piece will demonstrate how to create hot and cold work, laminated edges and latch components. These are skills and methods commonly needed in preservation work. Andrew will also speak about ironwork in early America, assumptions of what blacksmiths do and the unique process of tool and hardware making.
Andrew Bealer is an historic blacksmith with an interest in ironwork before the industrial era. He started forging while working in a machine shop right out of high school. Fascinated by metalwork, Andrew found that forging is a unique way to combine the mental process of precision with history, his other love. Andrew is the working owner of Twisted Iron Forge.
No Batteries Required: The Steel Square as a Functional Builder’s Calculator
John Moore (Western Kentucky)
Learn how to utilize the steel square to its full potential and understand its functional mathematical capabilities, with an introduction to the 16”x 24” steel rafter, or framing square. Examine its tables and practical applications as well. Audience participants will be introduced to the terms for the parts of the square, the differences in the ruled edges, the tables on the surfaces and their usage. Learn how to read the rafter tables, how to draw an octagon (with equal sides within a square) using the square and dividers, how to read the Essex board foot table and how to determine the length of a diagonal brace.
John Moore, born in Detroit, Michigan, received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Wayne State University. In 1977 he moved to Brooklyn, NY where he discovered his passion for woodworking and the challenges encountered while working on older urban dwellings. In 1983 he moved to western Kentucky and operated a small residential building company and he has had the opportunity to restore and rehab older homes in the area including homes listed on the National Register. He has a Master of Science degree in Career and Technical Education. From 2005 to 2016 taught carpentry and construction technology at West Kentucky Community & Technical College in Paducah, KY. While there, working with the Kentucky Heritage Council and inspired by members of PTN, he helped develop the Historic Preservation curriculum for the Kentucky Community & Technical College System.
Lindsay Jones (Columbus, Ohio)
Join this session to learn about decorative plaster casting, model and mold making.
Lindsay Jones owns Blind Eye Restoration, an architecture and art restoration company in Columbus, Ohio. Blind Eye is a woman owned firm with a 90% female crew and restores wood and steel windows, doors, stained glass, public art, mosaics, decorative plaster, historic wallpapers and finishes, and more.
Moving metal: Hot and Cold Forgings of Metal
Jeffrey Forster (Ohio Valley)
Watch Jeffrey demonstrate artistry in metalwork and all the basics of smithing such as point scrolls, twists, upsetting, and leaf and flower work. He will also utilize a variety of techniques which demonstrate the breadth of possibilities with metals: copper repoussé, a metalworking technique to create a design in low relief; cold forging stainless steel for sculptures and architectural sheet folding for ogee cove moldings.
Jeffrey is an adjunct instructor at Belmont College Building Preservation and Restoration program and owns Artistic Metals by Forster. Forster is also a recipient of West Virginia Preservation Alliance's Bob Weir Craftsperson Award. Mr. Forster is a blacksmith and metalsmith well known for historical metalworking consultation, repair and reproduction. Much of his work can be seen across the city of Wheeling, WV, especially in the Chapline Street Row and the North Wheeling Historic Districts, where Forster repaired and reproduced the wrought iron fencing. He has worked on a number of churches in Wheeling, including St. Alphonsus Church. Forster also teaches metalworking and blacksmithing classes at the Oglebay Institute’s Steifel Fine Arts Center, in addition to his work at Belmont College. Supplementary to his career as an educator, Forster creates commission pieces for many private homes and businesses. Jeffrey fabricated the heaviest gates in West Virginia, as well as the iconic Bobo the Elephant sculpture in downtown Wheeling, WV.
One-Half Score and Seven Months Ago: The Vestibule Restoration Story of President Lincoln’s Cottage
Jeff Larry and Jeff Johnson (Vermont and Pennsylvania)
Join Jeff and Jeff for their presentation and demonstration on their restoration of the vestibule at President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC. Part one of this session will be a powerpoint presentation at Indoor Location TWO. The second part of this session will be the hands-on demonstration, held at Indoor location ONE. Attendees will learn about the planning, implementation, challenges and solutions of seeing through a museum restoration project with a limited staff and budget. They will also get lessons in building moisture mediation; faux graining techniques, relation to plaster and masonry substrates, and how to properly pour a pint of Guinness. Why Guinness, you may be wondering? This is an essential ingredient in the graining technique employed to reproduce the walnut and oak wainscot in the Cottage vestibule of course! Did we mention this was a ten year project?
Jeff Larry started his preservation career when he established a restoration business in Burlington, Vermont soon after receiving a B.A. in Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College in 1996. He has led the preservation department at President Lincoln's Cottage since the site opened in January, 2008. For a big ole preservation nerd this is the best job ever. He has been able to continue practicing his craft, do research and documentation, write grants, tell stories and work with some of the coolest, most passionate, trades people and artisans in the field.
Jeff Johnson is the owner of Johnson & Griffiths Studio- an art conservation, architectural restoration & decorative arts studio. Johnson is an artist, conservator, paint analyst, decorative painter, designer, gilder, and preservation project manager with more than 30 years of experience in the decorative arts and historic preservation field. Johnson has worked on restoration and conservation projects in many historically significant interiors, including: President Lincoln’s Cottage, the U. S. Department of Treasury Building, and the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building. Johnson & Griffiths Studio is currently restoring the ornate oak wainscoting in the Governor’s Office in the Pennsylvania State Capitol Building.
Faux-get About It: Creating Realistic Textures in Paint
Erin Denise Rothenbuehler (Wheeling, West Virginia)
“Those columns are made from marble imported from Italy.” “That door is solid mahogany.” As a faux painter, there’s nothing much more gratifying as overhearing people mistake your work for the real thing. This demonstration will look at how to create faux marble and faux wood grain, how to mix glazes and choose paint colors and types, how to make the base coat, as well as using cheap and creative tools to achieve the effects needed. Participants will be able to try their hand at painting white carrara marble and straight-grain mahogany. Sometimes it doesn’t take all that much to create textures realistic enough for people to forget (or faux-get) that it's actually just paint.
Erin Denise Rothenbuehler teaches Historic Research & Documentation and Decorative Finishes for the Building Preservation Program at Belmont College. Erin is currently employed as the Library Director of the Bellaire Public Library in Bellaire, Ohio, a position she recently accepted after working at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling, WV for eight and half years, working largely to build the library archives. Prior to library work, she spent nearly a decade as an architectural preservationist and conservator throughout the central-eastern United States. Erin has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, will finish a Master's in Library Science in 2023, and is a graduate of the Building Preservation program at Belmont College. She was named a West Virginia History Hero in 2017.
Terrazzo -- It is Dead No More
Sarel Venter (Wheeling, West Virginia)
Join Sarel in the first IPTW demonstration to date on terrazzo. This session will discuss and demonstrate how to make new terrazzo in the old style using white cement, marble chips, glass and additives. Items to be discussed include substrate preparation, adhesion to old surfaces, forming of metal separations, casting, grinding and honing of terrazzo. We will talk about differences between new epoxy-based materials and cement-based products and where they could overlap in use. Of interest to some would be the discussion of care and re-honing of existing terrazzo floors. Session attendees will walk away with the technical information needed to patch old terrazzo floors and how to add new sections. Sarel will also discuss the challenges involved in patching historic terrazzo. The sheer exuberance of casting new terrazzo in the old style has him smiling, a smile he will gladly share with you.
Sarel, originally from South Africa, has worked predominantly on historic properties in West Virginia since 1992. With a strong background in plaster and decorative plaster restoration, his interest is drawn by interesting challenges.
Leaving his Mark at Makers Mark
Neil Rippingale (Louisville, Kentucky)
Have you ever wondered about dry stone construction? This session begins with a Powerpoint presentation at Indoor Location TWO, on how a double-barreled bridge was built, followed by a practical demonstration in the Masonry Tent, where those who wish to know how to build a drystone arch without the use of mortar or cement can gets hands on experience. Neil will use his recent dry stone project at the Makers Mark Distillery as an example. Session attendees will learn about the dimensions and design process in constructing a dry stone bridge; choosing the materials for a dry stone bridge, ADA compliance, hydrology, location and implementation process.
Neil and his team's recent notable project is a twenty foot, double barreled, dry stone bridge at Makers Mark Distillery, near Loretto, Kentucky. The bridge was designed and built in the spring of 2021, using ninety tons of limestone. Originally from Edinburgh, Scotland, Neil has traveled the world to pass on the skills of dry stone masonry, including 43 different states in the USA. Neil’s passion for stonework has resulted in the education of over 7,500 trainees during a 35 year career, laying strong foundations- especially in his home state of Kentucky- helped along the way by the Dry Stone Conservancy, Neil received the Askins Achievement Award in 2010, a high honor in the preservation trades.
“Race to the FINISH – Exploring Techniques in Decorative/Faux Finishing”
Jeff Mamone (Martins Ferry, Ohio)
This demonstration on decorative painting and faux finishing will explore the fundamentals of producing finishes that replicate traditional building or construction materials. Working with constraints such as budget limitations or scarcity of the “real thing” demands that we find techniques and procedures that allow us to visually create finishes that mimic the original. To do this the artist slowly builds layer upon layer of paint or plaster or resin to create an exact match to the original with age tested as well as modern materials. Jeff will explore various faux finishes on various base materials, concentrating on traditional plaster and more modern resin. He will also discuss the use of acrylic paints, watercolors and colored pencil to achieve our finished product.
Jeff Mamone was born in 1954 in Martins Ferry, Ohio. His love for art was apparent from an early age as he spent much of his time drawing, cartooning and cultivating an interest in photography. He was fortunate to have experienced a strong art program through grade school and on into high school which kept the desire to create alive. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Art Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1976 and began teaching art in the Martins Ferry City School District in 1977. In 1995 he received a Masters of Science Degree in Art Education from Miami University of Ohio, with a concentration in bronze sculpting. He taught visual arts, photography and video production for 32 years in Ohio's public schools. One of the highlights of his career in education has been teaching in the Building Preservation and Restoration Program at Belmont College in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Coming into preservation and restoration work from the angle of an artist gives him a unique perspective and approach to the restoration process. As an artist, Jeff feels that it is paramount that cultural history be recorded and preserved; one should strive to bring forth internal interpretation not only in their work but also the current temperament of society. Jeff believes that combining these two factions allows future generations to view a cross-section of current society, just as we gain knowledge and insight of past cultures through the artwork of their time.
Steel Windows, Words, and Meaning!
James Turner (Detroit, Michigan)
Deepen what you know of steel windows or maybe what you don't really know! Let yourself go and learn to speak the language of those who came before, as it relates to steel windows, the manufacturers, their nomenclature and the industry they built. Jim will explore the repair of steel windows in simple terms by discussing the nomenclature of steel windows through visual aids and a dictionary of steel window terms and definitions. Session attendees will also learn about installation of steel windows in wood frames, clay tile, poured concrete and stone.
Jim began his career in the preservation trades in 2002 after a two-week hands-on training workshop at the Pine Mountain Settlement School in Kentucky. Since that time, Jim has wanted nothing more than to share his experiences of those two weeks: what he learned, all that he shares, all that he found in himself. Jim states that the knowledge he has gained in his little life is now as large as the midnight sky. Jim believes in always paying it forward, because he can never repay the life and self-affirming treasure he gained in those fourteen days at Pine Mountain twenty years ago. He is still at it, open to tomorrow and tomorrow.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place: To Conserve or Repair?
Innes Drummond (Stirling, Scotland)
Innes will demonstrate the basic fundamentals of using traditional masonry tools (mallet and chisel) to show how stone as a material behaves when being worked by hand and the principles of conservation when working with masonry.
Innes is a Stonemason and Training Officer with Historic Environment Scotland. HES is the lead public body established to investigate, care for and promote Scotland’s historic environment. Innes teaches students and apprentices in Stonemasonry and Advanced Craft, as well as other conservation courses associated with preserving and repairing traditional buildings and monuments.
Painting With Light
Dennis Wees (Barnesville, Ohio)
Join Dennis to learn the ways of stained glass repair, restoration and construction. Mr. Wees will discuss proper steps in the production of a stained glass panel, from start to finish: proper techniques of cutting of glass, the differences between lead cames and copper foil and where to use them, cutting the cames and soldering it all together, glazing, finishing and display. Glass is the only decorative art that allows the element of subtle change and unpredictability and it is this variable quality that makes stained glass such a creative medium. Because coloured glass is an art form which appeals to the feelings- not the intellect, and because coloured light evokes a strong emotional response, Dennis believes that it is an art form ideally suited to both religious and domestic settings.
Dennis Wees has been the adjunct Stained Glass professor for the Building Preservation and Restoration Program at Belmont College for the last 25 years. Dennis is the working owner of Wees Stained Glass and has been working in the industry for over 35 years.
Decorative Ceramic Tile
Bea Lendon (St Clairsville, Ohio)
Join Bea for the only IPTW session on ceramics. Bea will explain the process of ceramic tile fabrication: how to make plaster blanks, lay out and scribe the design, roll and cut the tile, clean and glaze the tile, and the kiln-firing process for ceramics.
Bea is a 2nd year student at Belmont College and graduates in May of 2022. Her training at Belmont has led her into ceramic tile and stained glass business and she plans to pursue this after graduation.
Well, huh. We can fix that. Easily Fixable: Old School Timber Framing Repairs for Old Buildings
Windy McGlinsky (Upper Hudson Valley, New York)
Repairs! Timber frame repairs are essential to keep that building, and most old wood, solidly standing. Attendees of this session will learn about timber frame construction, simple repair methods used to preserve it and how to not be overwhelmed when identifying failures in old timber frames. Windy will feature photos of various timber framing repairs like scarfed in sills, free tenons, dutchman face repairs, screwed on sisters and cabling. Windy knows that photos are boring compared to the real deal, so she will demonstrate some of these timber repairs during the session. Attendees are encouraged to participate and realize how absolutely satisfying it is to clear away rot and carve in a repair. Windy realizes that sometimes it's worth it to employ a professional tradesperson like herself, who has good old tools, good hands and good eyes.
Windy is a Journeyman Timber Framer for New Netherland Timber Framing and Preservation. For years, Windy was a woman with a van full of tools. She worked in old houses, keeping them loved and livable. eight years ago, she accepted an invitation to cut a new timber frame, not knowing what a timber frame even was. Her apprenticeship quickly followed, as the “world’s oldest timber framing apprentice” with NNTFP. WhileThe bulk of Windy’s experience is in repairs, she has fabricated new timbers as well. Windy’s passion for timber framing can be summed up as such: “We took down a barn and ended up fabricating a whole lot more than we'd expected. We were logging and hewing in the woods! We cut new pieces and we deployed every repair we knew how to do, so we could keep as much of the old material as possible. That barn took me from apprentice to journeyman timber framer. I can read plans and cut new frames, but really, I love repairs--dutchmans, sisters, scabs, free tenons, long repairs scarfed in. The repairs we do involve old chisels, hand saws, circular saws, sometimes chain saws, and new cordless reciprocal saws and flush cut saws. Mostly though, we use our brains and our hands.”
Zen and The Art of Masonry Maintenance
John Burnell (Kent, Ohio)
This session will focus on common decay mechanisms in period brick, stone and mortar, as well as approaches to resolving them, using first-hand examples experienced over two decades of practice. It will center on understanding the nature of the materials and environments in which they are in, how to recognize signs of decay, controlling that which you can and that which you cannot, problem solving on the fly, trying to avoid being a witch doctor and other adventures.
John Burnell is proprietor of Mason's Mark, a Kent, Ohio-based firm engaged in the restoration and conservation of historic (primarily 19th Century) brick and stonemasonry. John has completed works on museums, educational institutions and private residences throughout Northeast Ohio; his work has received recognition from Heritage Ohio as well as AIA Cleveland and the Cleveland Restoration Society. In addition to running his business, John serves as a Project Supervisor for HistoriCorps (historicorps.org), through which he has worked on projects in Michigan, Vermont and New Hampshire. Since 2008, he has been an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Historic Preservation at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, OH, where he teaches a course on materials called Conservation Studio.
David Hayles (New York and UK)
Watch the magic of scagliola plaster over two-day sessions with David Hayles. Scagliola is the art of transforming plaster by adding various materials and pigments, to make it look like specific types of natural stone such as marble or malachite. Day one will cover the traditional scagliola techniques that were used more than 300 hundred years ago. Day two will cover American scagliola, commonly known as merezzo scagliola. David will also discuss his next epic bicycle tour. Slated to begin this summer, David will embark on his second around-the–world bicycle tour, beginning in Alaska and ending in Antarctica.
David has been one of the major forces behind the revival of the art of Scagliola. He has lectured on and demonstrated the ancient techniques to many historical and architectural societies throughout the world, from the European Centre for Craft Conservation in Venice to the Edward James Foundation in Sussex, England. He has been a staple demonstrator at the International Preservation Trades Workshops in the USA for many years. Over the past 40 plus years, the company he founded with Dixon Howe, and later joined by David Harrison, has won many awards in America and England. His work is admired on two continents, in many of our national treasurers. Among his work is the restoration of scagliola in the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC, the Allen County Courthouse in Fort Wayne, Indiana and new scagliola and restoration at Buckingham Palace in London. Over the years, David's mastery of his trade, humble, amiable spirit and dedication to sharing his knowledge has made him an IPTW star. David is also the 2015 Askins Achievement Award recipient.
Blair Bates (Plainwell Michigan)
This session will focus on the cause of stucco failure and appropriate repairs. With hands-on repair work, Blair will demonstrate the various stages of stucco: from mix design to physical application, including pebble dash, sponging and hurling finishing techniques.
Beginning his restoration career in the spring of 1979, Blair brings his experiences in engineering, owners’ representation and craftsmanship to running a 30-person operation specializing in Building Restoration. Blair travels the country in his 70-foot semi rig teaching historic preservation skills in the trowel trades: plaster, stucco, tuckpointing, chinking, historic brick laying and replacement and stone masonry.
Wood Window- Restoration for Your Fenestration
Derrick Smith (Neffs, Ohio)
Session will offer a brief run through of the most common problems associated with historic windows and the tools and techniques used to repair them. Discussion topics to include stripping, glass removal, glazing, painting, thermal upgrades, storm windows.
Derrick Smith is originally from Moundsville, WV and is currently the vice president of Smith Family of Workshops LLC as well as an instructor at Belmont College in St. Clairsville, OH. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Indiana State University and an Associate of Applied Science in Building Preservation and Restoration from Belmont College. His experience includes sixteen years with Allegheny Restoration & Builders out of Morgantown, WV, a company that specialized in historic preservation throughout the eastern United States. Working as a carpenter and later as a superintendent, he was involved with projects both large and small including several buildings on the West Virginia State Capitol Complex campus, Baltimore’s Basilica, WVU’s Woodburn Hall and many national and state parks and historic landmarks. Since 2017, he has been an adjunct instructor in the BPR department at Belmont College, teaching courses in the restoration of windows, doors, roofing, flooring, safety, and jobsite training. In 2020, Smith, along with his father, founded Smith Family of Workshops in order to provide consulting, educational services, and contracting in all facets of historic building preservation to the region.
Malachite? Faux Sure
Sadie Heisler (Detroit, Michigan)
Sadie Heisler will be demonstrating how to execute a faux malachite decorative finish. She will explain the applications for this type of finish, show the tools and materials needed and demonstrate the steps to producing this unique painted faux finish.
Sadie Heisler is a recent graduate of the Building Preservation Restoration program at Belmont College. She has a prior Bachelors degree in architecture and material studies from Bennington College. Sadie completed her final capstone project with Sevonty Restoration in Detroit, Michigan and is now starting a position with John Canning Co.
Thatching a Plan: Historic Roof Thatching
William Cahill (Cincinnati, Ohio)
Did you ever see the grassy looking thatch roofs of Europe, Asia, and Lord of the Rings illustrations, and wonder how they were made? Well, this is the demonstration for you! Learn some history on thatched roofs and see the process to make the beauty of medieval fantasy come to life.
William P. Cahill was born in Ireland and raised on the west coast in the town of Galway. As is common for many ancient Irish crafts, William had the privilege to work under many Irish thatcher’s and seanachie (storytellers) during his five year apprenticeship. He honed his skill of the many traditional thatching techniques from all over Ireland. He thatched Nobel laureate poet WB Yeats thatched residence. William is always eager to work with new materials and learn new thatching techniques. He has traveled to Asia and Africa to expand his thatching repertoire. He has worked on a number of Japanese tea houses, A shrine at Lotus Land Gardens in California, the Huntington Gardens Asian exhibit. He has recently completed a project for the Chicago Botanic Garden, repairs to the Arbor House, Tool Shed. Bamboo Gate, and Shoin House.
Slate Roofing: World Class Craft
John D Goodburn, Bob Lynch (Columbus, Ohio)
In this session, John D. Goodburn and Bob Lynch of The Durable Slate Company will be going over the history of slate roofing and the tools used, common deterioration problems, learn the difference between natural and synthetic slate, and installation technique.
John D. Goodburn has been with Durable Slate for over a year and has been associated with the company since 1990. He oversees the Human Resources responsibilities for their Mid-Atlantic office, and the recruitment & hiring of field and office staff for Durable Slate and Durable Restoration companies nationwide. Additionally, he is currently a Project Manager for several of their current projects in the D.C. area.
Bob Lynch has been with Durable Slate for over 15 years. He began as a carpenter in their historic restoration division and since then, he has learned a variety of skills including metal fabrication, sheet metal fabrication and installation, and ornamental copper installation. Currently, he is involved with Durable Slate's quality control and training.
Belmont College's Building Preservation and Restoration Program students will demonstrate a variety of the traditional and preservation building trades in the afternoon sessions on Saturday, May 21st for IPTW Public Day.
Shelia Rogers-Perez - Carpentry/Woodworking
Yancey Hall - Hand Stone Carving
Lennon Hoover - Stained Glass
Alex Mills - Plaster Casting
Nathan Mikula - Basic Forging
James Turner - Steel Windows
Neil Rippengale - Dry Stone
Erin Rothenbuehler - Faux Finishes
Sadie Heisler - Faux Malachite
Andrew Bealer - Blacksmithing