On April 27th, Abatron, Inc. hosted a wood restoration workshop with an emphasis on wood window restoration. The location was the historic Kemper Center in our hometown of Kenosha, WI, along the beautiful shore of Lake Michigan. John Leeke of Historic Homeworks in Portland, Maine, and Neal Vogel of Restoric, LLC in Evanston, Illinois were our featured speakers, and each presented a 3 hour workshop to 2 separate sessions of attendees. The attendees represented 7 states and came from as far away as California.
John Leeke’s presentation included a live demonstration, using epoxies for common window repairs. He also showed how to identify various types of wood deterioration, how to address specific repair situations, and how to utilize different tools of the trade.
Neal Vogel’s talk keyed in on the challenges and decisions that contractors and owners encounter when working to preserve historical elements on a home or building. He discussed costs, scheduling, preferred materials, and the importance of skilled craftsmanship in certain applications.
Both presentations encouraged audience participation and there was lively discussion about different restoration issues that the attendees had encountered. This format allowed for a great exchange of resources and ideas. In the closing Q&A session, Neal commented, “This is the most professional group I have worked with in a long time”.
In case you missed this workshop, we are planning to hold future events with a similar emphasis. In the mean time, please sign up for our e-newsletter or “Like” us on Facebook to make sure you stay up to date with our notifications.