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Timber-frame pavilion to be constructed Aug. 18 in Frankfort by Lewis County Detention Center inmates in new hands-on training partnership

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 13, 2012  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Frankfort Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Department is partnering with the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office, Timber Framers Guild Inc. and Lewis County Detention Center to construct an 800-square-foot timber-frame pavilion in the upper meadow at Cove Spring Park in Frankfort. Delivery of the unassembled frame will be Friday, Aug. 17. Construction will take place Saturday, with a rain date on Sunday.
The new pavilion will be constructed using traditional timber frame techniques that include precisely cut and tightly fitted joints that are secured with wooden pegs instead of nails. The wood being used is primarily white oak, donated from a Lewis County farm. The building site is in a recently opened section of the park that includes wooded areas, an archery course and a paved walking trail.

The project is being funded in part by a $31,000 grant to Frankfort Parks from the U.S. Land and Water Conservation Fund, administered by the Kentucky Department for Local Government. Last week and throughout this week, guild members from Minnesota, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Ohio and Oklahoma have been on-site at the detention center to instruct detainees and staff in using specialized tools and preparing the wood framing for construction. This project is the first step in a fledgling new program being undertaken by the center, designed to teach the basics of timber framing.

"This project provides an important opportunity for inmates by teaching them a useful skill of hands-on construction, and allows the guild to fulfill its mission of education and good works while promoting the centuries-old craft of timber framing," said Patrick Kennedy, Heritage Council restoration project manager.

"It also allows the Heritage Council to achieve its mission of educating others in the traditional trades often required for preserving historic buildings. Best of all, this project will provide the citizens of Frankfort with a beautiful, handcrafted, wood-shingled picnic shelter with a scenic view of the city that not many in Frankfort have had the opportunity to appreciate."

This is the second project the guild has done in Frankfort. A slate roof picnic pavilion at Riverview Park was completed in 2009 as part of a Preservation Rendezvous training hosted by the Preservation Trades Network and Timber Framers Guild in partnership with the Heritage Council, Frankfort/Franklin County Tourist Commission and city of Frankfort. One of the first uses for the new shelter will be during the Days of Knights event Oct. 12-14.

The public is invited to the park both days to observe, and in some cases, to assist. For more information, contact Kennedy at 502-564-7005, ext. 138 or email

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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.

The Timber Framers Guild Inc. was founded in 1985 to establish training programs for timber framers, disseminate information about timber framing and timber frame building design, display the art of timber framing to the public, and serve as a center of timber framing information for professionals and the general public.  The guild has completed more than 70 community projects throughout the U.S.


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Last Updated 8/13/2012