Why You Should Attend the 20th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop

iptw-3The Preservation Trades Network Presents the 20th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop on September 9-11 2016 in Virginia. The International Preservation Trades Workshop (IPTW) has been occurring annually, since 1997, bringing together a diverse group of tradespeople, architects, preservationists, and students, all seeking unique learning and networking opportunities.

Bill Gould of William Gould Architectural Preservation, LLC is a preservation design consultant and a restoration contractor with almost four decades of historic building preservation experience. He is also a founding member and a past President of the IPTW, though he hasn’t attended an event since Mobile, Alabama, in 2004. This year, however, the stars aligned. What, we asked him, was he most looking forward to at this meeting?

The first thing, he said, is the connections, not just to fellow artisans in a relaxed social setting, but to one’s own trade, by associating with one’s fellow tradespeople. In the pressure of daily business, it is sometimes too easy to forget what makes the work so special and important, and meeting with one’s peers is a good way to reconnect with that.

Most importantly, IPTW is a learning opportunity, a way to conserve and strengthen important technical and cultural knowledge, by sharing. This is the knowledge base that enables us to maintain that which is most important in the historic built environment. Over the years, Bill has delivered numerous presentations on topics as diverse as the scope of usage for restoration epoxies to the methods of moving buildings to how to “see” historic structures. This time, he intends not to present, but rather just to listen and to see what he can learn.

Do you want to reconnect to your trade roots? To learn something valuable from an unexpected perspective? Connect to your peers? Or just say hi to Bill Gould? You can do all that by attending the 20th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop on September 9-11 2016 in Virginia. Tell us why you are going to attend and we will blog about it.

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Specific Instructions for Unique “Beehive” Masonry Pizza Oven Design

Laying the fire brick floor and mocking up the door.

Laying the fire brick floor and mocking up the door.

As you may know, we love to hear about technical innovations in the service of producing more and better masonry pizza ovens. From Florida, we just received a detailed account of the process of building an outdoor  beehive shaped masonry pizza oven, using available high tech masonry materials. Mortonstones, LLC of Davie, Florida did the work and offers technical support to the public for these unique designs. They make it look easy, and if you already have the skillset, it probably will be.

Stucco final finish going on over masonry “blanket”.

Stucco final finish going on over masonry “blanket”.

Handsome pizza oven complete assembly, including veneered base and work counter.

Handsome pizza oven complete assembly, including veneered base and work counter.

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Wildwood Flower Wood Carving, a Tribute to Song

The music becomes the flower.

The music becomes the flower.

Jake Cress of Fincastle, Virginia carved this musical wood plaque out of cherry, in tribute to the ubiquitous four petaled dogwood tree – – and to the song “Wildwood Flower” by the Carter Family, also from Virginia. Of course you’ve heard it, but check it out one more time, if only to hear Mother Maybelle’s impressive finger picking. 

Update- See below for a photo of the finished carving.

The finished piece, carved in cherry, 4 1/2" wide by 20" long.

The finished piece, carved in cherry, 4 1/2″ wide by 20″ long.

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Salvaged Antique Heart Pine Flooring for Historic Restoration

Elevation of the Old State Capitol, Baton Rouge.

Elevation of the Old State Capitol, Baton Rouge.

Baton Rouge, Louisiana is a beautiful town, and the Old State Capitol there is an impressive historic structure. Sourcing lumber for flooring in historic buildings has become increasingly tricky and fraught as legitimate traditional sources become depleted or shut off. Albany Woodworks of Tickfaw furnished antique heart pine flooring for two separate projects at the Old State Capitol.

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Large Custom Radius Curved Gutters – – a Technical Feat

20 ounce curved radius gutters, closely following the radius of the tower wall.

20 ounce curved radius gutters, closely following the radius of the tower wall.

These large capacity 20 oz. copper curved gutters were built to fit the tower base and turret of this piece of new construction. That makes it sound easy, but it is an impressive technical feat to make them fit snug to the tower wall throughout the entire path of this extended, steady radius arc. Rather than learn to do it yourself, you can go to Concord Sheet Metal of Pittsburg, California and ask them where they got theirs.

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Reading the Historic House – – Seeking Clues to Original Layout and Finishes

Showing original fireplace, replicated panelling.

Showing original fireplace, replicated panelling.

Sometimes the artisan is called upon to restore a much altered structure to its original format and finishes and so it was with Leigh Douglas Johnson and the Lt. Gov. Jonathan Hunt House in Vernon, Vermont. This is a task similar to restoring George Washington’s proverbial axe – – the original axe, except that it had had two new heads and three handles. Actually, Mr. Johnson had a bit more to work with, though much of the house had been stripped of original wall boards and interior partitions. A rear stairway had gone missing and the three original fireplaces on the main floor had been much altered. Smaller fireboxes had been built within the originals. When the aftermarket brickwork was removed, rear wall beehive ovens were exposed. Sufficient evidence was discovered to establish the location of the missing original interior wall partitions & the original back stair. Finish cues were derived from intact treatments from throughout the building. This is reading the building as found in order to restore specific details and Mr. Johnson gets into the specific historic restoration forensics at the link. His company is Fine Home Design & 18th Century Design of Harvard, Massachusetts.

Historic Preservation Consultants

Smaller firebox removed, original oven intact.

Smaller firebox removed, original oven intact.

 

 

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Restoration of Traditional Coquina Stucco or Plaster, St. Augustine.

Coquina “rock”, turned into stucco aggregate, and mixed with lime mortar.

Coquina “rock”, turned into stucco aggregate, and mixed with lime mortar.

At 450 years old, St. Augustine, Florida is considered the oldest major settlement in the United States, and some parts of this building, the Government House Museum, date from at least 1598. The finish is a very traditional masonry coquina stucco, or plaster, derived from the native soft coquina stone, a sedimentary layer composed almost entirely of seashells of various species and conditions. Olde World Walls & Ceilings, Inc. of Geneva, Florida was selected to do the work, which originally consisted of duplicating and restoring this historic masonry finish, but soon morphed into structural repair and a host of masonry restoration issues. When the project was complete, they invited the King and Queen of Spain (the original sovereigns of the property) for an inspection and they declared themselves quite satisfied with the work.

Historic Stucco Contractors

Coquina finish and newly tuck pointed coral stone.

Coquina finish and newly tuck pointed coral stone.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain inspecting the masonry work at The Government House Museum.

King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain inspecting the masonry work at The Government House Museum.

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Salvaged Lumber Sole Legitimate Source of Quality Lumber

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Stacked and stickered one inch resawn lumber.

Anybody who has ever monitored the performance of currently available 2nd and third growth lumber in exterior applications knows that it is nearly useless for replacement service, developing rot quickly when used in exposed areas. Use of what standing first growth lumber remains on the planet is subject to ethical, environmental or even legal considerations. That leaves resawn salvaged lumber, whether standing, submerged or re-used. Here is a source of salvaged wide plank heart of pine flooring planks, sawn from 300  plus years timbers. Timbers are also available.  The vendor is Alex Barker, phone 312 550 4776.

Resawn Salvaged Lumber

Worm eaten, good look for a rustic fireplace mantle.

Worm eaten, good look for a rustic fireplace mantle.

Dense ring formation, yellow pine.

Dense ring formation, yellow pine.

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Historic Phineas Lewis House Dismantling is Complete!

William Gould Architectural Preservation’s project, the Phineas Lewis project, is almost entirely dismantled. Welcome to the timber graveyard. Note the preserved entrance.

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20th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop Event

iptwThe Preservation Trades Network Presents the 20th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop on September 9-11 2016 at Clermont Farm, Berryville, Virginia. The International Preservation Trades Workshop (IPTW) has been occurring annually, since 1997, bringing together a diverse group of trades people, including masons, timber framers, carpenters, painters, roofers, plasterers, metal workers and others to share knowledge and demonstrate skills.  The attendees are a diverse group of tradespeople, architects, preservationists, and students, all seeking learning and networking opportunities available nowhere else. More to come.

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