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Register now for Care and Repair of Log Structures workshop March 13-18

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, February 02, 2011  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The first workshop in the 2011 Pine Mountain School for Practical Historic Preservation series will take place March 13-18 at Pine Mountail Settlement School and Putney Ranger Station in Harlan County.  Care and Repair of Log Structures will include hands-on instruction in round log preservation and rehabilitation by instructors from the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick, Md.
The series is presented by the settlement school in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office.  Harlan County Fiscal Court is a co-sponsor of the round log workshop.
Instruction will focus on preservation techniques, the philosophy behind the selection of particular techniques, and hands-on experience working on the ranger station, a 1930s-era round log structure built by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a federal works project. The building originally housed state forest rangers and has most recently been used as the Harlan County office for the Kentucky Division of Forestry.
Participants will learn how to examine a log structure for common preservation issues, how to approach the work safely and the skills needed to complete the project.  Hands-on techniques will include demonstrations in log crown or end replacement, full and partial log replacement, and chinking and daubing.  Proper handling techniques, reinstallation of materials, identifying and recovering or replicating character-defining features, proper documentation methods, and tool selection and usage will also be explored.
Activities will follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines.
Instructor Brown Truslow has more than 20 years of carpentry experience and began his work on log structures in 1997.  Paul Jensen has specialized experience in log structures and has repaired numerous log buildings during his 20-year career with the National Park Service.  Both have worked on many historic log structures throughout the national park system.
Since 2002, the Pine Mountain School for Practical Historic Preservation has sponsored at least two historic preservation workshops annually, bringing together historic preservation specialists, managers and maintenance staff of historic properties, private owners of historic structures, and contractors to learn particular preservation skills.  Most programs are based at the settlement school, a National Historic Landmark founded in 1913, which today serves as a private, nonprofit educational institution providing instruction in environmental education, Appalachian culture and crafts.
Cost of the workshop is $600 including housing and meals at the school.  For more, visit the Heritage Council website at, or to register go to
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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 2/2/2011