Learn the basics of window rehab at Preservation Farmington’s June 4 workshop
We’re holding a series of workshops and lectures for people interested in historic preservation, old buildings, and Farmington history. Our first workshop, on June 4, is about maintaining historic wood-frame windows.
Windows painted shut? Sashes falling apart? Putty getting loose? Disrepair and concerns about energy efficiency are common reasons cited for removing historic windows. But old windows, when properly maintained, were built to last. In reality, repairing or upgrading wood-frame windows often ends up being cheaper than buying vinyl replacements.
Under the guidance of instructor Jim Turner, attendees will learn the anatomy of a wood window, techniques for repairing and restoring wood windows, and how to get started on their own window projects. In addition, they’ll have the chance to test their new-found skills, working in teams of two on the actual wood windows original to the 1894 house and barn.
Jim Turner, the workshop’s instructor, is the owner of Detroit-based Turner Restoration and has been in the old-house repair business for nearly 30 years. Through his work, Turner advocates practical, or hands-on, preservation: taking old windows apart, component by component, and restoring them to active use in a way that makes them energy efficient with modern heating and cooling technology. Some of his projects have included the First (Park) Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue in Detroit, and the Ray Township Public Library.
The workshop is aimed at a wide variety of interests, including historic property owners, DIY-ers, preservation students, carpenters, architects, preservationists, and anyone in the old-house business who wants to learn the basic skills of historic window repair or are interested in launching a home repair project of their own.
No experience is required, and all materials will be provided.
The event, hosted by Preservation Farmington and facilitated by the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 4. Lunch will be provided. The class is $62, and preregistration is required. Due to the detailed, hands-on nature of the work, class size is limited to 16 people.