Belmont College to Host 18th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop
St. Clairsville, OH (September 5, 2014) – The 18th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop (IPTW) will take place this year at Belmont College, home of the award-winning Building Preservation/Restoration (BPR) program. The workshop will be held September 12 – 13, 2014 at the Belmont College Science and Engineering Building which is located on the Ohio University Eastern Campus.
More than 30 preservation trades specialists will provide traditional trade demonstrations in fields such as: masonry; historic metalwork; stained glass; traditional wood framed window restoration; plaster casting; and decorative finishes. These demonstrators will provide hands-on, interactive demonstrations to over 150 attendees in ten different tracks.
According to Professor Dave Mertz, BPR Program Chair and current Preservation Trades Network Board Member, “We will be welcoming a host of Belmont College BPR alumni who will be attending and demonstrating at the event. It is exciting to see how many of them have become successful in the field.”
The keynote speaker at this year’s event will be Garland Wood, a native of Williamsburg, Virginia. He apprenticed under master carpenter Roy Underhill, and was promoted to master while leading the reconstruction of the Peyton Randolph Kitchen and Outbuildings. Overseeing crews of carpenters and joiners today, Wood has been involved in the construction of the Charlton Coffeehouse, the James Anderson Public Armoury and Blacksmith shop, and the upcoming Market House project. He has degrees from the University of Virginia and William and Mary, as well as thirty years’ experience working with the Historic Trades at Colonial Williamsburg.
Prior to the main workshop, a mini IPTW will be held at no-cost for area high school and middle school students on Thursday, September 11. The high school event begins with registration at 9:00 a.m. and runs until 1:00 p.m.; lunch will be provided. Approximately 15 craftspeople and students will be demonstrating over three one-hour sessions.
Wrapping up the event, the preservation tradespeople participating attending IPTW will also be touring historic downtown Wheeling during their stay. The Friends of Wheeling are opening up the Hazlett House and Independence Hall will be toured as well. The annual dinner and auction will be held in the Ballroom at the Capitol Theatre on Saturday, September 13.
The IPTW conference is open to the public; however there is a cost to participate. Registration costs are $475 for the entire conference; $250 for Friday; $275 for Saturday and/or $50 for the annual dinner and auction. In addition, pre-conference workshops are planned for lead safe certification. These workshops are open to the general public however there is a $100 cost to participate. If you would like to attend a refresher course on lead certification or for more information about the 18th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop please contact Dave Mertz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740.699.3939.
Partners for the IPTW are Belmont College and Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation. Silver Sponsors are as follows: National Center for Preservation Technology and Training; Coon Restoration and Caulking; National Association of Preservation Commissions. Tent Sponsors: Allegheny Restoration and The Tradesman Group, Inc.
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