Contributed by Philip Goodwin. All images by Philip Goodwin unless attributed otherwise.
On April 9, 2016, the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art – North Carolina and the Salem College Historic Preservation Program sponsored a Historic Building Trades Workshop at Salem College in Winston Salem, NC. Three master professionals in plaster work, woodworking, and brick masonry addressed historic restoration work through demonstrations and hands-on learning opportunities. Attendance expectations were exceeded with 43 students, teachers, building professionals, and homeowners interested in historic preservation attending the event.
The first topic, plaster repair in traditional buildings, was presented by Patrick Webb. Patrick is a heritage and ornamental plasterer and advocate for traditional hand craft in preservation, natural building and traditional architectural specification. He has taught as a Professor of Plaster Work at the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston. He serves as technical consultant to heritage plaster manufacturer Platres Vieujot, assisting them in proper plaster systems and specifications.
The second topic, woodworking with traditional hand tools, was presented by Daniel Chasse. Daniel is a Carpentry and Wood Technology Instructor in the Historic Preservation program at Edgecomb Community College in Tarboro, NC.
The third topic, restoring brick masonry, was presented by Wayne Thompson. Wayne is a mason specializing in historic preservation and is based in Hillsborough, NC.