Summit III

Window Preservation Summit III is the Woodstock of Preservation Conferences!

When:  September 25 through 29, 2017

Where:  Pine Mountain Settlement School in Pine Mountain, Kentucky.


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Brooks Gentleman, with Re-View in Kansas City, called the last Summit II the best conference he had been to in all his years in window preservation. He coined it “The Woodstock of Window Preservation.” We couldn’t agree more.

We work and we party! If you’ve never been to Pine Mountain, it is a chance to get together with our tribe in one of the most fabulous, remote and beautiful places in America.

This 4.5 day biannual event is to continue the work of best practices and standards for the preservation and weatherization of historic windows. You taking part in this process is critical to our industry.

The Window Preservation Standards Collaborative’s (WPSC) mission is to provide best practices for our industry, test preserved windows for energy efficiency and conduct training at this Window Summit III.

Summit Planning Process

All the major topics and presenters are set.

If you want to demonstrate or show your weatherization method, leave a message at the bottom of this webpage.

This is Your summit. If you want to learn or talk about something not listed in the Agenda, Leave a Reply or Comment at the bottom of this webpage.

Agenda and Schedule

Friday, Sept. 22

All Day, Founders arriving

Sunday, Sept. 24

All Day, Participants arriving throughout the day. Get room assignments, pick up packets and name tags.

6:00-9:00pm, BBQ Supper, Laurel Hall

Monday, Sept. 25

7:00-7:45, Breakfast, Laurel Hall

8:00-12:00,  Standards Book Revisions & New Edition, John Leeke, Laurel Hall

The entire group works with John revising existing material in the book and developing new content for the next edition. Show how you have used the Standards book. Learn how to write up and submit your favorite work method for consideration as a Standard. Accept an assignment to be completed by the end of the Summit. Contest: Bring your trusty dog-eared Standards book, smeared with paint & putty, full of cryptic notes and interesting info, and win prizes for the most authentic wear & tear on your Standards book.

9:30-10:45, Steel Casement Windows, Jim Turner, Draper Wood

Jim introduces steel windows, reviews terms, manufactures and how the
industry was formed in the United States, structural types, and how they
are installed in different building types. Ongoing Monday through Thursday, the complete restoration of a steel window. Observers welcome at any time. John Leeke will document the procedure and write up standard treatments for the new edition of the Window Standards book.

11:00-11:45, Historical Building Function, David Gibney, Duffy Hoffman, Laurel Hall

How windows play a part in the big picture of moisture movement and air ventilation in a structure.

12:00-1:00, Lunch at Laurel Hall

1:00-1:45, Keynote, Gordon Bock, Chapel

A rocket tour of how the appreciation of historic buildings has expanded since the 1960s, and with it the increased understanding of the importance of windows, including where we are today and what’s on the horizon going forward, including:

  • Why historic building interest grew from an eccentric, underground, counter-culture reaction against Urban Renewal to a mainstream, multi-media pursuit;
  • How methods and materials for working on traditional buildings all but disappeared, then bounced back into a lively new industry;
  • What drives historic building and window work today, from real estate to historic tax credits to sustainable building, and what the future holds.

Widely known for his two decades as editor-in-chief and staffer at Old-House Journal, Gordon is a national authority on all aspects of historic houses, and his articles on kitchens and appliances, green building trends, prefabricated houses, historic lighting and electricity, and the origins of building materials are cited extensively.

2:00-2:45, Air and Infrared, Rob Cagnetta, Draper Garage

Science is the best tool to determine weaknesses in a building’s envelope, especially when old windows are the first to blame to comfort and efficiency issues. This session will focus on blower doors and infrared diagnostic tools to determine air leaks and water/moisture.

3:00 to 5:00, Making Sash by Hand, Amy McAuley,  Assistant:  Kelsie Gray

Learn how Amy turns slabs of wood into a sash using only hand tools. She brings all her special tools that rarely leave Oregon. Not to be missed!

5:30 Dinner, Laurel Hall

Tuesday, Sept. 26

7:00-7:45 Breakfast

8:00-12:00, Weatherization Methods, Duffy Hoffman, David Gibney, Draper Garage

Anyone in the group has this opportunity to show their method of weatherstrip,
stops, etc. Bring your own materials and tools or let Duffy know what you need.

12:00-1:00, Lunch, Laurel Hall

1:00-2:45, Jamb Repair, David Gibney, Duffy Huffman, Draper Garage

Paint removal methods, pulley repairs, pocket repairs, making pocket
covers, priming and finishing methods

3:00-5:00, What’s Your Business Model, Tom Francis, Rob Spencer, Laurel Hall

5:30 Dinner, Laurel Hall

Wednesday, Sept. 27

8:00-8:45, Steel Windows Continued, Jim Turner, Draper Wood

9:00-11:00, Storm Windows, Fred Aemmer, Jim Nelson, Draper Garage

11:00-12:00, Networking, Laurel Hall

12:00-1:00, Lunch, Laurel Hall

1:00-2:45, Testing, Jim Nelson, Dorms

1:00-5:00, Wood Sash Techniques, David Gibney, Duffy Hoffman, Hilda Dent

Types of paint, glass and putty removal, safe practices, repairs methods
muntin repairs, joint repairs, sash prep fine tuning, glass trimming and
cleaning methods, shipping methods, and paint curing.

3:00-4:00, Secretary of the Interior Standards, Jodi Rubin

How the Window Preservation Standards relate to the Secretary’s standards and how to apply these federal standards to your window project.

5:30 Dinner

Thursday, Sept. 27

7:00 to 7:45 Breakfast

8:00-9:30, Glass, Steve Jordan, History, cutting.

9:45-12:00, Shop and Worksite Set-up, Lead-Safe Practices, Employee Management, Rob Cagnetta, Sharon Ferraro, Catherine Brooks, Patti Spencer, Laurel Hall

Panel Discussion on how to set up a window workshop in an occupied home and in a private facility. Review of best business practices for employee protection and oversight, Lead Hazard Control Manuals, Respiratory Protection Programs, work procedures, and other administrative concerns.

12:00-1:00, Lunch, Laurel Hall

1:00-2:00, Putty, John Leeke, Duffy Hoffman, Draper Wood

Types of putty and typical putty failures. How to set up your own scientific putty field testing and interpret the results. See the nine year results from Leeke’s side-by-side comparative field test of American and Swedish glazing and painting methods.

2:15-3:45, Leaded Glass Basics, Andrea Sevonty, Draper Garage

Basic types and construction, ordinary cleaning and maintenance. How to
determine when a leaded glass specialist is needed. How install a stained glass panel.

4:00-5:00, Painting, Duffy Hoffman, Draper Wood,

Window painting methods from a to z, paint additives when and why,
types of brushes, surface prep, priming and finish painting methods.

5:30 Dinner, Laurel Hall

Friday, Sept. 29

8:00-9:00, Assessing Windows, Duffy Hoffman, Rob Cagnetta, Laurel Hall

Methods of site investigation, what typical things to look fo, pricing sash
and and time tests, mock ups, numbering systems, and out come of a
good bid for large projects.

9:15-10:30, Presenting Your Work, Rob Cagnetta, Laurel Hall

Sales techniques are essential for getting your message through. Rob discusses how to listen, take notes and photographs, and writing what is included and not included in your proposals.

10:30-12:00, Summit Wrap Up, Entire Group

12:00-1:00, Lunch, Laurel Hall

1:00- on  Everyone heads out, where the folks back home are wondering:

“When are you getting back here to finish these windows?”

33 Responses to Summit III

  1. John Leeke says:

    This reply is to confirm that I am committed to present the following session:

    Window Standards Book, Revisions & New Edition, Presenter: John Leeke

    The entire group works with John revising existing material in the book and developing new content for the next edition. Learn how to write up a new method Standard. Accept an assignment to be completed by the end of the Summit. Contest: Bring your trusty dog-eared Standards book, smeared with paint & putty, full of cryptic notes and interesting info, and win prizes for the most authentic wear & tear on your Standards book.

    Time: 3 hours, please schedule during the first day
    Equipment: tables and chairs for the whole group, projector and screen

  2. John Leeke says:

    Duffy, OK I’ve worked all this into the Agenda above. –John

  3. Rob Cagnetta says:

    Yes on all of the presentations with my name.

    I would add Managing Lead-Safe Issues. We are doing a lot on that these days.

  4. john maybe empty space could be How to hang and fit a new wood storm window/hardware install/trim and fit.

  5. Amy McAuley says:

    Yes to the session I’m assigned to. Also I can do some of the epoxy session as well.

    • John Leeke says:

      OK, I’ve included you on the epoxy session with Bob. Work out the details on how you will coordinate directly with him.
      Would you like to turn that Woodwork Session into a Making Window Sash by Hand session?

      • Amy McAuley says:

        Sure. Let’s talk via phone as to what that would entail. I’ve been given the green light by the family to take the time necessary to drive to pine mountain with my equipment. I am no longer comfortable shipping these tools plus there are some larger items that don’t ship well.

  6. James Turner says:

    Hi folks,
    I’ve asked Kyle Snow from Pilkington the glass manufacture to discuss new glass technology that has been tested at MIT and used in Japan and Europe over the past 18 years.

    • John Leeke says:

      Sounds good to me, I want to learn all the details on this. Looks like a brief presentation would fit into the Glass session on Thursday at 8:00am. Could you confirm with Mr. Snow that he would be available then and that he understands that he shouldn’t do any marketing such as making specific sales offers or distributing marketing brochures, etc. I presume distributing business cards would be appropriate, but we should get Bob’s input on how to handle this with the “conflict of interest” issue in mind. Bob, could you comment on this?

      • Bob Yapp says:

        I’d need to know more about what this guy is talking about and research it a bit. Generally we need to stay away from any manufacturers presenting at the Summit. If a few of us could look at the data we could talk about it in the “Glass” workshop if it’s still in the Schedule. A one sided discussion presented by a manufacturer is not a good thing for the independent & objective work we do.

    • John Leeke says:

      Jim, do you have a copy of the MIT study that we could review?

  7. Bob Yapp says:

    My hope would be that all demo’s happen with Non-Founders. Duffy, you should work to get other people to do this. If you’re on almost all the workshops as a presenter, it is too much.

    I’ll do Wood Epoxy Repairs with a partner and the Summit Wrap-Up

    • I agree however if we can get someone to commit . I think a founder should be doing some of them with them,or just to over see and be with them. So do I go to the list and invite some one from last year list?

      • John Leeke says:

        A founder could act as “Organizer” for a session. I’ve begun to add that to the Agenda above, especially where it is clear that a session requires a lot of preliminary organizing or work to be ready for the presentation, which could be made by someone else. The organizer would be responsible for making sure the session happens and finding and qualifying the presenter.

    • John Leeke says:

      OK, got it, and worked into the Agenda above.

    • Amy McAuley says:

      I could partner with someone that builds windows with machinery. Say Steve Quillian? Could be informative to see how the approaches are different.

  8. Andrea Sevonty says:

    Confirming leaded glass session. Thank you for the invite and looking forward to it.

    • John Leeke says:

      OK, got it. Here are the topics we would like to see:

      “Basic cleaning and maintenance. How to determine when a leaded glass specialist is needed.”

      Do you have any further description than this?

  9. Tom Francis says:

    Tom Francis

  10. Talked to Tom Francis, he would like to chage his class to window tune ups /weatheization. This includes pullying a painted in sash and doing small putty replacement/remove loose paint /paint touch up/weatherization his way. He needs two hrs. I will have Tom write his discription.

  11. Tom Francis says:

    Below are my session’s details. I do not paint or glaze as part of this operation. I will also bring my demonstration sash, as two hours is likely not enough time to do one of the Settlement’s windows. Best regards , Tom Francis

    “Historic Double Hung Wood Window Operational and Weatherization Service”
    This session instructs window technicians in a proven system for making
    historic double hung windows fully functional, as well as energy
    Attendees leave with the ability to accurately do the work while
    maintaining the appearance and integrity of the sash, as originally
    designed. This is a very profitable endeavor for techs and an effective
    service to historic buildings, which owners appreciate.

  12. I would like to be part of the managing lead safe issues session. I have been working with a toxicological about how lead poisoning presents in adults.
    We all know we need to keep lead hazards away from kids and mom’s – and pets. And everyone who works on old houses in every trade should be using protective equipment, not only to satisfy OSHA, but to avoid lead poisojing. What are symptoms of lead issues in adults, what is the difference between a blood lead level and overall exposure levels and how does old exposure present in other health issues in adults.
    I understand the requirements of OSHA and LSWP, but I have minimal experience on how those techniques are actually used on a daily basis, what works and what does not.

  13. Duffy Hoffman says:

    John my name is Hoffman. Put me in lead class I can give a testomony on my lead poisioning. I need 15 mins. Has anyone contacted Steve Jordon??? As far as discounts only the helpers we bring get a discount. I will talk to Bob about founders signing up and other guest. David Gibney should be on weatherization with me

    • John Leeke says:

      Duffy, Rob is moderator for the lead-safe session, so contact him about your contribution to it.
      Bob is moderator for the Glass History session where Steve Jordan is listed, so I presume Bob has confirmed that with Steve Jordan, contact Bob to see if that is the case.

  14. Hilda Dent says:

    I would like to help Duffy and David with the Wood Sash Techniques on Wednesday, Sept. 27th.

  15. Andrea Sevonty says:

    How install a stained glass panel.please add

  16. Yes I invited Hilda to join David and me. So please add her name.

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