Classes & Training

Wood Rot Repair
Repair of rot in wood including wood repair with epoxy techniques as well as with traditional carpentry methods.

Maximum 10 students.

Wood Floor Care and Refinishing
Learn to care for your wood floor: board replacement and refinishing techniques will be demonstrated and discussed during this seminar class.
Maximum 10 students.  

Historic Masonry Care
Learn to care for your stone or brick building. How to repoint and stucco using traditional mortars is also taught.
Maximum 6 students.

Wood Window Sash Repair
Learn to remove, repair, and reinstall window sash. Glazing, where to buy salvaged glass, and repair of counterweight systems also included.  Students can bring their own window sash to work on in class.
Maximum 6 students.

Plaster Repair
Learn to repair plaster using a traditional three coat process, how to mix traditional plaster mixtures, and where to buy materials. Some tools are required – a list will be provided with registration.
Maximum 4 students.

Historic Paint Techniques and Colors  
A discussion of modern paint options, historic paint types, proper paint prep including lead-based paint hazards, colors appropriate for each historic time period. Information about the historic color-analysis process will be given.  Decorative painting techniques will be demonstrated.

Energy Efficient Older Homes
18th and 19th Century buildings can not only be surprisingly energy efficient, they can even be more energy efficient than many modern buildings without compromising their historic integrity.  Learn how to make your older home energy efficient without damaging the historic nature of the building.

Adding Modern Amenities to Historic Homes
Make changes to your historic home without damaging the historic integrity of the building. Additions, kitchens, bathrooms, and other updates will be discussed. Sources of new “historic” fixtures will be presented.

“Excellent classes – very informative….”

“I feel a lot more confident now with the skills I learned.”

“I appreciated Chuck’s patience & efforts…”