Jim Turner teaching workshop in Illinois
Jim Turner teaching workshop in Illinois

Preservation of Steel Windows Workshop

June 10 - 15, 2012

Since 2002, Pine Mountain Settlement School has offered hands-on field schools that emphasize practical preservation techniques that anyone should be able to master. The Pine Mountain School for Practical Historic Preservation has brought some of the country's most skilled traditional building instructors to southeast Kentucky. From these workshops, participants have gone on to conduct repairs on their homes, to work on important civic structures, and to help promote the idea that in most cases, repair rather than replacement is often the most desirable and cost-effective way to address common maintenance issues. All workshops are geared toward people of all skills levels and would be beneficial for homeowners, contractors, and managers of historic properties.

Preservationof Steel Windows Workshop
Instructor: Jim Turner
June 10 through 15

Jim Turner is a Preservation Trades Network, Inc. member and demonstrator and owns Turner Restoration based in Detroit, Michigan. During this workshop, participants will learn how to remove the steel window units from openings in brick, tile, stone and wood buildings to facilitate restoration of all components. Jim will show how to repair rusted and bent sections of windows; replace missing components, adjust frames, remove and reapply glazing, remove and reapply paint, how to repair window hardware and all other aspects of steel window restoration. Workshop demonstrations include how to build a spray paint booth and how to weld new sections for windows. Included in the workshop will be sessions on work safety practices.

Jim started his restoration business in 2004, not long after he attended two weeklong window repair workshops in 2002 at Pine Mountain. Ten years later, Jim returns to Pine Mountain Settlement School as one of the leading tradesmen in the country in steel window restoration. "I cannot express the impact those weeks have made on my work in preservation and the practical application of traditional trade methods," he says. Jim had been working to support historic preservation in Detroit, where he lived, for several years, and in other parts of Michigan. With the hands-on training he received at Pine Mountain, he was able to teach others in his neighborhood some basic skills. He has helped to develop a High School Preservation Overlay Program for vocational students. He has also conducted several window repair workshops throughout the United States.

Cost for the workshop is $950, which includes tuition, meals, lodging, student materials, and safety glasses.

Students will stay in dormitory-style accommodations, with shared bath. Bed linens and towels are furnished. All Pine Mountain Settlement School buildings are smoke-free. No pets or firearms are allowed on campus.

The workshop will begin with a 6 p.m. dinner on Sunday, June 10 and end after lunch on Friday, June 15. Meals are served in the Laurel House dining hall. Vegetarian meals are available upon request.

Advance Deposit
A non-refundable advance deposit of $100.00 is required at the time of registration and will apply to the total cost of your reservations. Lodging is not guaranteed without deposit.

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