Conservation at Menokin
October 9-10, 2015
Students will learn about material preparation and historic precedent: hewing, sawing, riving building materials.
Students will have an opportunity to rive and dress shingles, lath. Students will learn about layout of timber framing, will use traditional chalk line, squares, chisels, saws, mallets and augers to cut mortise and tenon joints, and will assemble some framing.
Students will learn about joinery, and see a demonstration of the bench work of the joiner’s trade. Students will have an opportunity to work with planes, layout tools, chisels and mallets, rulers and gauges, and try their hand at making simple moldings.
We will provide all materials and tools. If students wish, they are welcome to bring any personal antique tools with them they would like to talk or learn about.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS
Matt Webster is Director of the Grainger Department of Architectural Preservation for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He oversees the preservation of over 590 original and reconstructed structures in Williamsburg’s Historic Area. Matt previously served as director of Preservation at Drayton Hall in South Carolina, as well as Director of Restoration at Kenmore in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Garland Wood as master carpenter leads Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Trades carpenters. Over the last thirty years this team of tradesmen and women have made the materials and framed and finished over 40 buildings in Williamsburg’s Historic Area, while presenting the trade to the curious public.
Ted Boscano is a journeyman joiner at Colonial Williamsburg, having first trained under Garland Wood as an apprentice carpenter. Ted’s interest in finish work led him to pursue bench work, and he now leads the Williamsburg’s Historic Trades joiner shop in the traditional production of windows and doors, molding and furniture.
FRIDAY – October 9
- Arrival and check in: 8:30 – 8:55 AM
- Workshop starts: 9:00 AM
- Lunch break: 12:30 – 1:00 PM (A light lunch is provided
- Workshop ends: 5:00 PM
SATURDAY – October 10
- Menokin VC opens: 7:45 AM
- Workshop starts: 8:00 AM
- Workshop ends: 12:30 PM