Learn how to repair historic home windows

Owners of historic homes will learn about maintaining and repairing old windows during a June 4 workshop, held at 33928 Grand River, in the Farmington Historic District.

Preservation workshop
Participants get hands-on experience at a window preservation workshop. (contributed photo)

Instructor Jim Turner will talk about the anatomy of a wood window, techniques for repairing and restoring wood windows, and how to get started on window projects. In addition, participants will have the chance to test their new-found skills, working in teams of two, on the actual wood windows original to the 1894 house and barn.

Turner owns Detroit-based Turner Restoration and has been in the old-house repair business for nearly 30 years. He advocates practical, or hands-on, preservation: taking old windows apart, component by component, and restoring them to active use in a way that makes them energy efficient with modern heating and cooling technology. Some of his projects have included the First (Park) Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue in Detroit, and the Ray Township Public Library.

The workshop is aimed at a wide variety of interests, including historic property owners, DIY-ers, preservation students, carpenters, architects, preservationists, and anyone in the old-house business who wants to learn the basic skills of historic window repair or are interested in launching a home repair project of their own. No experience is required, and all materials will be provided.

The event, hosted by Preservation Farmington and facilitated by the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and lunch will be provided. Cost is $62, and preregistration is required. Due to the detailed, hands-on nature of the work, class size is limited to 16 people.

To register, call 248-259-1632 or sign up at preservationfarmington.org. Learn more on Facebook or Twitter, or write to preservationfarmington@gmail.com.

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