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Registration continues for hands-on preservation workshops - wood shingles from log to roof, and open fire cooking - at Pine Mountain Settlement School

Press Release Date:  Monday, June 07, 2010  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Registration continues for two hands-on summer workshops at Pine Mountain Settlement School, part of an ongoing series of classes presented in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office in the Pine Mountain School for Practical Historic Preservation series.

An Open Fire Cooking Workshop July 23-24 will focus on hearth cooking and baking, while the Appalachian-Style Wood Shingle Workshop July 25-30 will focus on making wood shingles and repairing a wood shingle roof.

The cooking workshop will be of interest to anyone wanting a basic understanding of how to research early cooking practices and cook on an open fire or fireplace hearth.  Cooking for interpretation or demonstration will also be covered.  Registration is $125, which covers tuition, lodging and meals.

The instructor will be Marcia Houston, who has spent the last 15 years working at an 18th century historic site in Berks County, Pa., The Daniel Boone Homestead, birthplace of the famed frontiersman.  Her interest in hearth cooking and baking prompted her research and subsequent interpretation of the Welsh, English and German families of the Oley valley.

Participants in the shingle workshop will learn how to judge a standing tree for its potential as a wood source, process a white oak tree from a log into rounds to bolts, and finally how to form these pieces into shingles using traditional tools including a froe, maul, shingle brake, shaving horse and draw knife.  Participants will then use these shingles to repair the 1850 Creech Cabin, one of the contributing structures to Pine Mountain Settlement School’s status as a National Historic Landmark.  The cost of this field school is $500, which covers tuition, lodging, meals and materials.

The instructor will be Jim Houston, a master wood shingle expert and a director of the Preservation Trades Network.  He has worked in traditional trades for 20 years and in the building trades for more than 30 years, and since 1995 has been a preservation construction specialist at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.  His primary interests are preservation and recovery of historic trades practices and use of traditional tools and materials.

For more information about these programs or to register online, visit or call 606-558-3571, or see the Kentucky Heritage Council website at

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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens.  This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life.


Last Updated 6/7/2010