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Kentucky Heritage Council
Hands-on preservation trades workshop March 29-April 9 to focus on Timber Framing for Historic Buildings

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, January 27, 2010  
Contact Information:  Diane Comer
(502) 564-7005 Ext. 120

FRANKFORT, Ky. – A two-week, hands-on preservation trades workshop, Timber Framing for Historic Buildings, will be presented March 29-April 9 by Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) in cooperation with Old Washington Inc., the Mason County Historical Society and the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office.

The course is geared to provide additional skills training for experienced contractors seeking expertise in timber framing techniques appropriate to historic structures.  Topics will include analysis and remedies for structural repairs to timber-framed structures, the use of appropriate hand tools, an introduction to historic joinery and a discussion of safe work practices. 

Participants will:

  • Experience a combination of shop instruction and fieldwork on a circa 1790-1810 timber-framed building located in Maysville.
  • Learn how to bring projects into compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Rehabilitation.
  • Improve their company’s ability to market to clients with state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credit projects, working in historic districts and on historic homes.

The instructor is Rudy Christian, executive director of the nationwide non-profit Preservation Trades Network, who has more than 25 years of experience in timber framing techniques.

Classes will take place 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.  The fee is $500 and limited scholarships are available for local contractors.  Class size is limited to 10.

To register, call MCTC at 606-759-7141, ext. 66120.  For lodging referrals, call 606-564-5534.  For more information about the course, call Dr, Orloff Miller, 606-564-0250.

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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 1/27/2010