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Menokin is Worth Your Support

Looking for a worthy heritage site to honor with a charitable donation? Want someone’s word besides ours? 

Menokin is honored to be included in the list of end-of-the-year heritage giving recommendations compiled by historian and donor advisor, Taylor Stoermer. 

Thanks in advance. We’ll be working hard to keep up the good work. 

http://taylorstoermer.com/2015/12/28/my-2015-end-of-year-heritage-giving-recommendations/

Historic Trades Carpentry Workshop

Conservation at Menokin

October 9-10, 2015

Printable Registration Brochure
Printable Registration Brochure

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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
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
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
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.


SCHEDULE

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

 

Pre-register for Historic Trades/Carpentry Workshop

 WHEN:
October 9 – 10,  2015

WHERE:
Menokin Foundation, Warsaw, VA

WHAT:
Very hands-on and interactive course work; instruction and techniques will be covered for the following:

• Shingle making
• Chopping mortises
• Making tenons
• Peg making/drawboring
• Planing
• Using molding planes
• Discussion of paneling work, sashes and doors
• And more!

About The Instructors

Matt Webster
Historic Preservation Architect

Garland Wood
Master Carpenter

Ted Boscano
Joiner and Carpenter

Pre-register

 

 

By pre-registering, you are expressing an interest in attending the workshop and would like to receive detailed information when it is available. Pre-registration is not binding in any way.

 

Moving the Stones – Preconstruction Work Summer 2015

By Guest Blogger  Catherine Emery

(For Part I of this Series, follow this link.)

PART II  After two weeks sorting through stones, tagging them and recording their findings, Menokin’s summer interns were ready to get outside and in the field.

With life-sized print outs of Menokin’s HABS drawings delivered and spread out in the yard, Bethany, Sarah and Chris spent two days with architect Nakita Reed and a contractor moving stones onto the drawings.

It was an evolving process, which is to say it wasn’t quite as straightforward as it seemed on paper. Of course, nothing worth doing ever is. The team had the help of a small front loader and were tasked with placing stones that weigh hundreds of pounds the right direction and within the lines of the drawings. Halfway through the day with many of the pieces in place, it was still hard to visualize how it would all come together.

“I don’t know what I thought it would look like,” said puzzled intern Sarah Rogers, “but I’m not sure this is it.”

By the end of day one, though, there was a clear sense of accomplishment and the hard work had paid off. Entire pieces of each elevation had been laid out in stone, giving everyone a clear view of how useful the endeavor would be.

The life size HABS drawings will benefit future contractors, who will be tasked with putting some of the pieces of the Menokin ruin back together. Additionally, the drawings give meaning and purpose to Menokin’s rock yard. Now, visitors to the site can see where all those stones go and how they fit into the larger scope of work at Menokin.

For Sarah, Bethany and Chris, the four-week internship went by fast. They provided an invaluable service to Menokin and in return all expressed deep gratitude for their time there.

Of her time on site Bethany Emenhiser said, “I learned that things don’t always work out in the field the way they look on paper. I learned how fun and important it is to do field work because you learn to be flexible. Menokin was a great place to learn that.”

Duck Stamp Camp Returns!

Read all the details below, and click here for a printable registration brochure. Get quackin’. Space is filling up!

Duck Stamp Camp

WHAT IS DUCK STAMP CAMP?

While investigating the natural habitats of waterfowl in the Rappahannock River Valley watershed, campers will learn to document what they see and discover with cameras, notes and sketchbooks. By the end of the week, campers will have a greater understanding of the waterfowl and their habitats. They will also have had the opportunity to experiment with a variety of drawing techniques to prepare them to enter the Junior Duck Stamp Contest in March 2016.

WHO MAY ATTEND?

The Junior Duck Stamp Summer Camp Program is for 5th-8th graders, ages 10-14 years.

WHEN IS IT?

July 20-21 and July 23-24, 2015
1:00 pm until 5:00 pm

WHAT IS THE COST?*

YMCA Members – $20 per child
Non-members – $50 per child
*Several full scholarships are available through the generosity of the Rappahannock Wildlife Refuge Friends. For more information, please contact Alice French at afrench@menokin.org.

WHAT WILL YOU NEED TO BRING?

A water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray and shoes/clothes that can get wet.

WHAT IS PROVIDED?

Each camper will receive a sketch book, a pencil and eraser, and a paper portfolio for drawings. Pastels, crayons, colored pencils, and paints will be available for use.

WHEN IS IT?

July 20-21 and July 23-24, 2015
1:00 pm until 5:00 pm

Questions? Contact Alice French at 804.333.1776
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT: July 10, 2015

CAMP SCHEDULE

DAY ONE: Wilna (July 20)

  • Meet & Greet period at the Educational Center. Refuge staff will discuss “How to Birdwatch and Duck Identification 101.”
  • Hike around pond (puddle duck habitats) with binoculars and sketchbooks.
  • Walk to Observation Deck & Trail (dabblers).
  • Intro of Duck Stamp program by U.S.Fish & Wildlife.

DAY TWO: Menokin (July 21)

  • Canoe at Menokin along Cat Point Creek with guides.
  • Guide to point out plant species in this type of habitat
    and the types of ducks found on a creek.
  • Spend the afternoon learning to draw bird forms: flying,
    sitting, diving, etc. Special guest artist visit to describe a subject in its environment.

DAY THREE: Westmoreland State Park (July 23)

  • Kayak at Westmoreland State Park along the Potomac River with guides.
  • Guide to point out plant species in this type of habitat and the types of ducks found on a river.
  • Spend the afternoon learning to draw things in the landscape: leaves, trees, water, sky.

DAY FOUR: Wilna (July 24)

  • Campers will complete any unfinished work on their pictures. This may include a last hike to document the habitats at Wilna Pond in their sketch books, or finish the description of their picture.
  • All work will then be displayed for show. Each camper will describe their duck and its habitat, and what they learned by making their artwork.
  • The afternoon celebration will conclude with time for pictures to be taken, refreshments, art and games. Parents are encouraged to attend the celebration.

Queen Truss – Alice Talks About Architecture

Menokin’s Education Coordinator, Alice French, has prepared a video lesson about architecture. In this episode she talks about roof framing and the purpose for a queen truss.

Glass House Project team members Ward Bucher and Nakita Reed from Encore Sustainable Design helped Alice with the details of this lesson on their recent working visit to Menokin in February.

Enjoy!

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Who’s On Site? Winter Stabilization at Menokin.

Working in less than ideal conditions this week, these Menokin Project Team members have spent the last four days outside in the cold and wind (note the attractive head wear) to add some urgently needed bracing to the remaining walls of Menokin’s office dependency..

In addition, the metric survey of the entire structure, required by the architects and engineers on the project, is underway, as well as updating the evaluations on the conditions of the stone and the framing.

Meet the people who are doing the work and look for updates as the project continues.


John Fidler,
Preservation Architect
President, Preservation Technology, Inc.

  • Thirty six years experience as an architect specialising in the conservation of historic buildings and areas, ancient monuments and archaeological sites.
  • Currently working on condition assessments of and repairs to several National Historic Landmarks, buildings listed in the
    John Fidler
    John Fidler

    National Register of Historic Places, and on State and City registered landmarks across the USA including a ruined plantation house, iconic 20th century Modern masterpieces, replica Ming dynasty Chinese pavilions, museums and downtown skyscrapers.

  • Formerly a staff consultant and the corporate practice leader for preservation technology with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., Now supporting SGH and its clients as necessary as a sub-consultant.
  • At English Heritage: with 60 staff and 25 consultants responsible for technical policy development, research, advice and standards, publications, training and outreach. Delivered EH’s Research Strategy, Conservation Principles, Estate Maintenance Standards and established the National Heritage Training Group. With others developed professional accreditation in building conservation and published the EH Research Transactions series and many award-winning books and technical papers. Project manager of the European Commission DGXII research project, Woodcare.
  • Repaired numerous ancient monuments including ruined abbeys and castles and parts of the World Heritage Sites at Stonehenge and Hadrian’s Wall. Established English Heritage’s emergency responses to fire disasters at York Minster, Hampton Court, Uppark and Windsor castle. Devised EH’s first Buildings-at-Risk strategy.
  • At the City of London Corporation: repaired the Roman City Walls and Baths. Safeguarded Wren’s St. Bennet’s Church and Barnard’s Castle ruins from adjacent development work.
  • Specialties:Expert of non-destructive diagnostics; cleaning and repair of terracotta; cleaning, conservation and repair of masonry including brick and stone work; mortars, plasters and renders.
  • Joint author of the New Orleans Charter reconciling the preventative maintenance and care of historic house museums and their collections.

 

Ward Bucher, ENCORE Sustainable Design

  • Registered architect with extensive experience in designing and
    Ward Bucher
    Ward Bucher

    developing spaces people love. Author of the Dictionary of Building Preservation.

    Specialties: Historic Preservation – Restoration, historic tax credits, Nat. Register nominations
    Sustainable buildings – Green, LEED, geothermal, low-flow, etc.
    Commercial base buildings – office architecture and retail architecture
    Nonprofit institutional – offices, gyms, cafeterias, shelters, classrooms, etc.
    Interiors – board rooms, offices, stores, lobbies, residential, historic
    Museums
    Multifamily residential
    High-end custom homes


 

Patrick Handler, Oak Grove Restoration

  • During more than thirty-five years in business, Oak Grove
    Patrick Handler
    Patrick Handler

    Restoration Company has evolved from a high-quality woodworking shop into a full-service general contracting and consulting company specializing in historic preservation and the careful conservation of irreplaceable historic architectural fabric. Our diverse client base includes state and local governments, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, private homeowners, historic sites, and house museums.

  • Oak Grove Restoration Company possesses strong capabilities in design-build, general contracting, and construction management drawn from the individual backgrounds of our personnel and from their collective knowledge of historic structures and experience in building conservation. We also maintain a staff of skilled preservation carpenters and continue to operate our own traditional millshop, allowing us direct control over the repair and replication of historic millwork, windows, and doors. Utilizing this broad range of services, we work with each client to develop and implement projects that meet their particular budget, schedule, and other operational requirements. We pride ourselves on our long-term relationships with many clients and on our ability to work collaboratively and creatively with a wide variety of preservation professionals, trades, and property owners.

 

Bill Mowatt, The Downland Partnership

Bill Mowand
Bill Mowand

The Downland Partnership offers unrivaled experience, quality and value for money throughout a wide range of measured survey products. 

Their technologies include high definition laser-scanning, the latest in Leica total station technology and photogrammetry.

  • Precise dimensional survey since 1989
  • High resolution photography since 1990
  • Photogrammetry since 1995
  • Laser scanning since 2005

The Downland Partnership offers a wide range of products from simple site surveys to complex and detailed record surveys of historic buildings, intelligent BIM models and 3d spatial data of oil and gas installations. They also operate an experienced and successful resource carrying out surveys on the railways and undertaking high precision monitoring.