Visiting Artisan Series features Wood Sash Window Workshop

Amy McAuley - Visiting Artisan November 2014

SAVANNAH – Savannah Technical College will host its Historic Preservation Visiting Artisan series featuring Amy McAuley, the week of November 2 – 8, 2014.

McAuley will work with STC Historic Preservation students teaching how to make wood sash windows without power tools throughout the week.

She will lead a public workshop, Traditional Wood Sash Windows, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on November 8 at the Historic Preservation lab on STC’s Savannah Campus (5717 White Bluff Road). The $30 workshop will cover construction techniques of historic wood sash windows and has a limited enrollment.

McAuley is the owner of Oculus Fine Carpentry, Inc.  Started in 2002, Oculus specializes in the conservation of historic windows and doors.  Notable projects include the Pioneer Courthouse, Fort Dalles, Heceta Head Lighthouse, and Yaquina Head Lighthouse.  Amy has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, one year of post baccalaureate work in architecture at Portland State University and 17 years of on-the-job experience in historic structures.

Her emphasis is in working with traditional tools and techniques to conserve and build sash for historic structures.  In Oregon she focuses on 19th and early 20th century buildings.  She has demonstrated widely across the US and in Canada. She also teaches yearly at the Pacific Northwest Field School run by the University of Oregon.

STC’s Visiting Artisan series is the first effort of its kind at any of Georgia’s technical colleges, bringing world-class craftsmen to campus for a week throughout the year.

Savannah Technical College has the only public hands-on preservation program in the state. The program has gained international recognition and has contributed to a number of community-based preservation projects in the surrounding communities. The program is the cornerstone of new instructional programs in Green Building Technology, which focuses on a comprehensive view of systems and efficiencies in construction.

To register for the workshop, go to With a minimum of five people and a maximum of 15, the class is expected to fill up quickly. The deadline to register, if space is available, is November 5. For information about Visiting Artisan Series and Historic Preservation at Savannah Technical College, contact Steve Hartley at or 912.443.5864.

Savannah Technical College, the 2013 TCSG State Board College of the Year, serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 4,500 credit students each semester, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Technology, Public Service, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


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Historic Preservation Contact: Steve Hartley
912.443.5864. or

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