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Historic Homeowners Academy

The Historic Homeowners Academy is a series of weekend courses. Topics include plaster crack repair, masonry repointing, window repairs, mechanical system repairs, carpentry as well as understanding tax credit and design guidelines. American Institute of Architects (AIA) CEUs are available for some workshops – see workshop descriptions or contact Benjamin Curran for more details.

The HHA workshop cost  is $75 per weekend, plus a materials fee (if required). The workshops have limited space. The deadline to register, if space is available, is noon on the Thursday prior to the workshop.  The workshops will be held at the STC Historic Preservation lab (5717 White Bluff Road).

2017 Historic Homeowners Academy Workshops:

November 2017

  • Introduction to Timber Framing: What did they do before nails? Led by Kevin Wilson, this workshop will learn the basics to cutting timber frame joinery. Using tools you can purchase at a local building supply, learn to make a basic mortis and tenon connections fastened by wooden pegs in small timber projects. We will build some “saw horses” that will be assembled using only these age old techniques. Basic familiarity with circular saws, drills, measuring and using a mallet or hammer are very helpful but not required. Cost: $75. Friday Nov. 3 [6-9 PM], Saturday, Nov. 4 [9-6 PM] Sunday, Nov. 5 [9-6 PM]. Register by Nov. 2 for workshop
  • Introduction to Nantucket Basketry: Join veteran John C. Campbell Folk School Basketry instructor for an introductory class in Nantucket Basketry. Students will be introduced to the basic materials, tools, and techniques associated with this traditional basket making craft. Students will also learn how to create different patterns and add color to their designs. Instructor: Gary Marshall. Cost $100 (includes $25 materials fee) Friday Nov. 3 [6-9 PM], Saturday, Nov. 4 [9-6 PM] Sunday, Nov. 5 [9-6 PM]. Register by Nov. 2 for workshop
  • Stained Glass: Explore the basic skills involved torch and kiln fusing glass. Students will learn the fundamental tools, techniques, and safety factors associated with fusing glass. All are welcome from beginner to experienced students. Students will make a stained glass copper foil sun catcher. Instructor: Mark McKim. Cost $100 (includes $25 materials fee) Friday Nov. 3 [6-9 PM], Saturday, Nov. 4 [9-6 PM] Sunday, Nov. 5 [9-6 PM]. Register by Nov. 2 for workshop

December 2017

  • Introduction to Architectural Wood Carving: Interested in learning the basics of traditional wood carving techniques? This class will provide a fundamental understanding of the tools, equipment, knife cutting techniques, gouge and chisel techniques associated with decorative and architectural woodcarving. Instructor: Mary May. Cost $100 (includes $25 materials fee). Saturday, Dec. 2 [9-6 PM] Sunday, Dec. 3 [9-6 PM]Register by Nov. 30 for workshop
  • Advanced Basketry: Join veteran John C. Campbell Folk School Basketry instructor for an introductory class in Nantucket Basketry. Students will be introduced to the basic materials, tools, and techniques associated with this traditional basket making craft. Students will also learn how to create different patterns and add color to their designs. Instructor: Gary Marshall. Cost $100 (includes $25 materials fee). Friday Dec. 1 [6-9 PM], Saturday, Dec. 2 [9-6 PM] Sunday, Dec. 3 [9-6 PM]Register by Nov. 30 for workshop
  • Stained Glass  (Holiday Ornaments): Explore the basic skills involved torch and kiln fusing glass. Students will learn the fundamental tools, techniques, and safety factors associated with fusing glass. All are welcome from beginner to experienced students. Students will make a small torch fused glass piece and a kiln fused piece. Instructor: Mark McKim. Cost $100 (includes $25 materials fee). Friday Dec. 1 [6-9 PM], Saturday, Dec. 2 [9-6 PM] Sunday, Dec. 3 [9-6 PM]Register by Nov. 30 for workshop

2018 Workshops will include blacksmithing, sweetgrass basketmaking, wood turning and more!

Previous Workshops:

  • Introduction to Faux Finishing – Wood Graining and Marbling:In this class students will discover the various materials, tools, and techniques associated with the art of painting faux woods and marbles. Used extensively throughout southern colonial architecture, these techniques allowed artisans and craftspeople to impart on local material an exotic finish. Susan Lavold, a southwestern artist, has utilized these techniques to accent her paintings and furniture pieces to highlight the natural material beauty of the south west.  Workshop is $75 (includes $25 material fee) [July2017]
  • An Introduction to Woodturning: This entry-level class will cover the basics of woodturning materials, tools, techniques, and safety. Students will hone their skills making various home wares, such as honey dippers, hair pins, wine stoppers and more. The perfect opportunity to make a gift for an upcoming birthday. All levels are welcome. Steve Cook owns and runs Coastal Wood Design in Savannah, a wood shop specializing in architectural turnings, turned gift items, cutting boards and custom projects such as furniture, historic windows and custom kitchens. Workshop is $75 (includes $25 material fee). [June 2017]

  • Plaster Repair: Led by Patrick Webb, this workshop will introduce students to the basics of lime chemistry, gypsum chemistry, mixing mortars, molding theory, casting, and bench work. At the end of the workshop students will have a fundamental understand of the plaster trades and their application to the preservation and restoration of historic homes. Patrick Webb is a heritage and ornamental plasterer, educator, and advocate for historically utilized plasters, such as, clay, lime, and gypsum. He has studied plastering traditions under true masters in the U.S., as well as, England, Germany, France, Italy, and Morocco. Workshop is $50 (no material fee) [June 2017]

  • Stained Glass Lamp Making: Led by local stained glass artist Mark McKim, this two-day workshop, will introduce students to the fundamental tools and techniques of stained glass, such as scoring, cutting, soldering, and tinning, as well as their application to the fabrication of basic lamp shades. A native of Savannah, Ga., McKim became interested in and began working in the art of stained glass at the age of 19. He apprenticed himself for seven years to his older brother, Rollin McKim (the first in the family to work with stained glass and who later opened a gallery in Colorado).  He further broadened his technique and artistic design under the instruction of Lorn R. Marshall of Greenville, S.C. Workshop is $75 (includes $25 material fee). [June 2017]

  • Nantucket Basketry: Join veteran John C. Campbell Folk School Basketry instructor for an introductory class in Nantucket Basketry. Students will be introduced to the basic materials, tools, and techniques associated with this traditional basket making craft. Students will also learn how to create different patterns and add color to their designs. Instructor: Gary Marshall. Cost $85 (includes $35 materials fee) [May 2017]

  • Introduction to Woodworking: Looking to develop some basic wood working skills? This class is design for the novice woodworker. Steve Cook will with work with students to introduce them the basic hand tools and techniques associated with traditional and conventional joiner and woodworking. Students will learn about the various tools associated with measuring, marking, sawing, and chiseling. Students will then apply these skills to the fabrication of some basic joinery. Student will experience will culminate in the completion of a small keepsake. Steve owns and runs Coastal Wood Design in Savannah, a wood shop specializing in architectural turnings, turned gift items, cutting boards and custom projects such as furniture, historic windows and custom kitchens. Instructor: Steve Cook. Cost $75 (includes $25 materials fee)[May 2017]
  • Cemetery and Funerary Monument Repair: This workshop event will introduce students to the various aspects of gravestone and cemetery monument preservation. The majority of commonly encountered problems with memorials, which are both historic as well as modern, will be over viewed, discussed. Repair, cleaning and numerous other conservation treatments will be demonstrated and conducted as an interactive group experience. Workshop will be taught by a professional masonry conservation specialist with expertise in gravestone, monument, sculpture and historic masonry preservation. Trained in engineering, violin and cabinet making, sculpture and stone carving, he has worked in fields related to historic masonry for over 25 years.  Instructor: Jon Appell. [March/April 2017]
  • Blacksmithing: Work with renowned blacksmith Joe Miller to create a one-of-a-kind 3D aquatic “Critter.” Students will learned to hammer out the shape of a fish in two pieces of sheet metal using a torch, join them together, smooth the edges, and add details like gills, tails, eyes, scales, and seaweed. This class will introduce students to basic forge work, torch work, repose, and basic chasing. Joe Miller’s breadth of skills as a blacksmith and examples of his various Critters can be seen at his website metalbymiller.com. Joe has been teaching at the John C. Campbell Folk School since the 1980’s. Instructor: Joe Miller. [March/April 2017]
  • Historic Millwork: Join Brent Hull, a nationally renowned historic millwork expert, for a two day seminar on classical design, proportioning, and the evolution of historic millwork in America. Saturday, student will work with Brent on learning to drawing classical architectural details using basic scale and proportioning relationships. Sunday student will learn about the evolution of American molding profiles and how to incorporate classical design into restorations or new construction. Brent is a graduate of the prestigious North Bennet Street School, the oldest trade school in America, the owner and founder of Hull Historical in Fort Worth Texas, is the host of Lone Star Restoration on the History Channel, and has written three books on classical moldings and their application in new and old homes. Instructor: Brent Hull. [April 2017]
  • Sweetgrass Basket Making: Learn the art of Sweetgrass Basketry with husband and wife team from Charleston, SC for a 2.5 day course on the demonstration of this lost art. Students will make and take home their own basket. Instructors: Darryl and Angela Stoneworth. [Cancelled due to low registration]
  • Stained Glass: Explore the basic skills involved torch and kiln fusing glass. Students will learn the fundamental tools, techniques, and safety factors associated with fusing glass. All are welcome from beginner to experienced students. Students will make a small torch fused glass piece and a kiln fused piece. Instructor: Mark McKim. [Cancelled due to low registration]
  • Introduction to Architectural Wood Carving: Interested in learning the basics of traditional wood carving techniques? This class will provide a fundamental understanding of the tools, equipment, knife cutting techniques, gouge and chisel techniques associated with decorative and architectural woodcarving. Instructor: Mary May. [December 2016]
  • Stained Glass – Lead Came: Advance your stained glass techniques using traditional lead came. In this two-day workshop, students will learn the fundamental tools and techniques of scoring, cutting, soldering, and tinning – all necessary to make basic stained glass designs. Beginners welcome. Instructor: Mark McKim. [December 2016]
  • Introduction to Blacksmithing: Learn basic blacksmithing techniques and catch up on your holiday gift needs all at the same time. Student will learn basic fire management and fundamental forging techniques. Instructor: TBD. Cost is $75 (includes $25 materials fee) AIA CEUS available for this workshop, contact Benjamin Curran for more details. [Dec. 2016 – Class Cancelled]
  • Bungalow History & Design: This course will explore the history, principles, and examples that are behind the architecture of this proto-modern design reform movement, and allow attendees to answer the often-elusive question “What is a Bungalow and an Arts & Crafts house?” It will also explore some of the characteristic features of these buildings – particularly interiors (woodworks and color schemes), kitchens, and porches — that pioneered many of the features and ideas we take for granted in up-to-date houses today. The course may also include a walking tour of nearby houses, subject to schedule. Instructor: Gordon Bock. Cost is $50 [November 2016]
  • Stained Glass – Copper Foil: Create your own stained glass sun catcher panel while learning basic stained glass techniques using copper foil. In this two-day workshop, students will learn the fundamental tools and techniques of scoring, cutting, soldering, and tinning – all necessary to make basic stained glass designs. Instructor: Mark McKim. Cost is $75 (includes $25 materials fee). [November 2016]
  • Historic Window Workshop – Part II: Thinking about upgrading those old windows? Don’t! Learn the basic skills necessary to breath new life into old windows. This class will focus on hands-on techniques such as paint stripping, dutchman repair, and glazing. Instructor: Benjamin Curran. Cost is $75 (includes $25 materials fee). [Friday, Nov. 11, 6-9PM; Saturday, Nov. 12, 9AM-5PM; Sunday, Nov. 13, 9AM-5PM] [Cancelled for November 2016]
  • Furniture Repair and Restoration: This class will introduce the seasoned woodworker, the consummate antique collector, or the curious novice to the process of furniture disassembly, wood surface preparation, basic dutchman repair, and refinishing. Instructor: Charles Heydinger. Cost is $75 (includes $25 materials fee).  SOLD OUT [November 2016].
  • Historic Roofing Repair & Restoration Intensive: Curricular students will work with historic roofing repair expert Jamie Marley to develop the basic skills necessary to repair and restore historic tin and copper roofs. Instructor: Jamie Marley. Cost is $75 (includes $25 materials fee). AIA CEUS available for this workshop, contact Benjamin Curran for more details.[November 2016].
  • Historic Windows Workshop, Part I: This class will cover the history and design evolution of 17th through 20th century windows. Topics will include construction methods, historic production, joinery, design details, and historic window types. Instructor: Gordon Bock. Cost is $50. [November 2016].
  • Elements of the Tuscan Order: This fast-paced one-day workshop provides a beginner’s introduction to classical architecture including lecture and studio instruction. Participants will first learn to free-hand draw and name classical molding elements while considering their geometric, practical and aesthetic properties. Further considered will be the historical, proportional, ornamental, anthropomorphic characteristic that help identify the Tuscan as a distinct order from the Doric e.g. The principal focus of the course concludes with the layout and drawing of a Tuscan entablature and column with a focus on the column base and capital. If time permits further consideration will be given to design of the pediment, facade and layout for the diminution of the shaft. Instructor: Patrick Webb. Cost is $50. AIA CEUS available for this workshop, contact Benjamin Curran for more details. [November 2016]
  • Decorative Plaster Workshop: Led by Patrick Webb, this workshop will introduce students to the basics of lime chemistry, gypsum chemistry, mixing mortars, moulding theory, casting, and scagliola. At the end of the workshop students will have a fundamental understand of the plaster trades and their application to the preservation and restoration of historic homes. [July 2016]
  • Traditional Brick Making Workshop: Under the instruction of Jason Whitehead, students will get covered in clay, as they learn the basics of clay mixing, hand molding bricks, and drying bricks for firing later on this year. This weekend class will be followed up by a class in October that will involve the construction of a traditional clamp kiln and the firing of student-made bricks. [July 2016]
  • Basic Stained Glass Techniques Workshop: Led by Mark McKim, this introduction to stained glass will cover the copper foil technique. In this two-day workshop, students will make a stained glass sun catcher panel. Students will learn the fundamental tools and techniques, such as scoring, cutting, soldering, and tinning, necessary to make basic stained glass objects. The class will also touch upon design and color theory.  [July 2016]
  • Plaster Repair Workshop:Webb will return in August to teach plaster repair. Attendance for the July workshop isn’t required to attend the repair workshop. [August 2016]
  • Introduction to Wood Carving: Under the instruction of Rooney Floyd, students will learn the basics of traditional wood carving techniques? This class will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the tools, equipment, knife cutting techniques, gouge and chisel techniques associated with decorative and architectural woodcarving. Students will work of a relief carving project.  [Sept. 2016]
  • Introduction to Timber Framing: What did they do before nails? Led by Kevin Wilson, this workshop will learn the basics to cutting timber frame joinery. Using tools you can purchase at a local building supply, learn to make a basic mortis and tenon connections fastened by wooden pegs in small timber projects. We will build some “saw horses” that will be assembled using only these age old techniques. Basic familiarity with circular saws, drills, measuring and using a mallet or hammer are very helpful but not required.  [Sept. 2016]
  • Brick Making: With a backdrop of a traditional clamp kiln, students will learning about colonial brick and lime production. Using traditional methods, materials, and techniques, students will become familiar with the art and craft of masonry repair and restoration. Instructor: Jason Whitehead. AIA CEUS available for this workshop, contact Benjamin Curran for more details.  [October 2016 – Cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew.]
  • Introduction to Iron Work: Ever wonder what the difference is between wrought iron and cast iron? How about the distinctions in design defined by the material. This class will involve, class lecture, demonstrations, and walking tours that offer a survey of local iron work. Instructors: Rooney Floyd and Able Allen.  [October 2016 – Cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew.]
  • Historic Building Research and Documentation:  This course will be co-taught by Luciana Spracher and Rebecca Fenwick. Rebecca will introduce students to the basic field methods of documentation and analysis of historic sites and structures to include an overview of measured drawings and photography. Students will gain a greater understanding of field methods, techniques, and uses for recording historic buildings as well as perform basic documentation techniques in the field to record a local historic structure.  [October 2016 – Cancelled due to Hurricane Matthew.]