Waterford, Michigan –– A wood window repair training workshop will be held Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the former Sashabaw Plains Presbyterian Church, 5331 Maybee Road in Clarkston. The workshop is free and is open to homeowners, handymen, builders and contractors.
Participants will receive hands-on training for the removal, repair and maintenance of wood windows. They will also be instructed on specific techniques to improve the efficiency of older windows. Tools and all supplies will be provided for use during the workshop. Noted preservationist Jim Turner of Turner Restoration will conduct the training. Walk-ins who want to observe are also welcome throughout the day.
The workshop is presented by Oakland County Planning and Economic Development Services, the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, the Clarkston Historic Commission, the Clarkston Area Historical Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Sashabaw Presbyterian Church.
“A well-maintained 100-year-old wood window with a wood framed storm can often out-perform a new replacement window that has double-pane glazing,” said Turner.
Ron Campbell, AIA, preservation architect with Oakland County Planning and Economic Development Services said that he has seen where “Repairing costs half to three-quarters less than replacing, not to mention the green aspect of reuse rather taking them to a landfill.”
The workshop will take place in the Historic Sashabaw Plains Presbyterian Church, built in 1856. It was registered as a National Historic Site in 1980. The Church will be open the day of the workshop. The public is invited to stop and see the interior of the church, learn more of is history and catch a glimpse of the training.
To register for the workshop, log onto sashabawpresbyterian.org, or call 248-858-5436.