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Register now for hands-on window preservation workshops in June, July

Press Release Date:  Thursday, April 26, 2012  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – One of the first students to participate in a new window preservation workshop 10 years ago at Pine Mountain Settlement School will return this summer as an instructor and one of the leading steel window preservation tradesmen in the country. Jim Turner will lead “Preservation of Steel Windows” June 10-15, one of two window preservation courses being offered as part of the ongoing Pine Mountain School for Practical Historic Preservation educational series.

“Preservation of Wood Windows” will take place July 15-20 with Duffy Hoffman, a third-generation craftsman. Both workshops will feature hands-on instruction in practical, modern rehabilitation techniques. As they have been since 2002, the workshops are presented by the school in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office.

Pine Mountain Settlement School is a National Historic Landmark in Harlan County, and all work will be performed on buildings on the grounds. The workshops are geared to all skill levels and will be beneficial for tradespeople or anyone interested in performing window restoration work, including contractors, architects, facilities managers and owners of historic homes and commercial buildings.

Following his initial workshop experience, Turner quit his job in 2004 and started his own restoration business. Today he is a Preservation Trades Network (PTN) member and demonstrator, and owns Turner Restoration, based in Detroit. He began his new career by working with neighborhoods in Detroit, and since then he has helped develop a high school preservation overlay program for vocational students and conducted several window repair workshops throughout the United States.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to remove steel windows from openings in brick, tile, stone and wood buildings, to facilitate work on all of the window components; repair rusted and bent sections by welding new sections and replacing missing parts; adjust frames; remove and reapply glazing and paint; repair window hardware; and replace the finished window.

Hoffman is also a PTN member and presenter, and owner of P and R Inc. in Elkins, W.Va. He has been restoring wood windows for more than 25 years, combining traditional craftsman techniques with new technologies. He has completed many projects on historic landmarks, including the Highlands in Fort Washington, Pa., and the Sheldon House in Princeton, N.J., home of John Witherspoon, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He is a specialist in painting and lead-safe work practices as well as a certified renovator and certified dust sampling technician.

This workshop will focus on all aspects of restoring wood windows and sashes, from removing the window to removing paint, use of epoxies, Dutchman repair, glazing and reinstallation. Instruction will include how to make windows snug and sound, and pros and cons of window weatherization.

The cost is $950 for the steel window workshop and $750 for the wood workshop, which includes tuition, meals, lodging and materials. Sessions begin with supper at 6 p.m. Sunday and end after lunch Friday, and students stay in dormitory-style accommodations at the school. A nonrefundable deposit of $100 is required at the time of registration.

For more information or to register, visit or

According to PTN, a national nonprofit membership organization, hundreds of thousands of original and perfectly functional historic windows are destroyed every month. Last summer, with assistance from the Kentucky Heritage Council, a National Window Preservation Summit took place at the settlement school presented by PTN and the Window Preservation Standards Collaborative, a consortium of nationally recognized window preservation specialists whose goal is to develop national standards for the repair and weatherization of old and historic windows. Results from this research initiative and publication of the National Window Preservation Standards Manual are expected to be released by June 1.

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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.


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Last Updated 4/26/2012