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The Founders

Posted: April 17th, 2011, 5:49 pm
by johnleeke
Founding Collaborative Members

(update: 2/9/17)

Amy McAuley
Robert Cagnetta
Duffy Hoffman
David Gibney
Jim Turner
John Leeke

The founding members of the Window Preservation Standards Collaborative have over 170 years combined experience repairing, restoring & weatherizing historic wood windows. When you add up the years they have taught these techniques, it's over 100 years.


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Amy McAuley

Amy is the owner of Oculus Fine Carpentry. Started in 2002, Oculus specializes in the conservation of historic windows and doors. Notable projects include the Pioneer Courthouse, Fort Dalles, Heceta Head Lighthouse, and Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Amy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon, one year of post baccalaureate work in Architecture at Portland State University and 20 years of on-the-job experience in historic structures. Her emphasis is in working with traditional tools and techniques to conserve and build sash for historic structures. In Oregon, Washington, and Idaho she focuses on 19th and early 20th century buildings. She has demonstrated widely across the US and in Canada. She also teaches yearly at the Pacific Northwest Field School run by the University of Oregon.


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Robert Cagnetta

Rob began his trades career in the mid-80’s helping out his high school teachers painting houses. In 1987, he enrolled into the architecture program at Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI. After a year he switched to the Historic Preservation Program, finding old buildings more interesting than designing new ones. In 1990 he began his first internship in the preservation crafts, which lead to a three year unofficial apprenticeship, doing everything from sweeping, to timber frame repair, to painting, to finish carpentry, to masonry. He graduated from Roger Williams in 2001.

In 1995 Rob worked with the non-profit Institute for Preservation Training (IPT), under the parent organization, Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island. IPT’s mission was to provide traditional trades training for public and private clients. IPT began the first Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training certified Carpenter(Preservation) apprenticeship program. In 1997, IPT started a window repair and restoration shop, experimenting with various methods to strip, repair, and restore windows. IPT completed projects for the private individuals, as well as several National Parks including: Weir Farm, Harpers Ferry, the C&O Canal, and the Delaware National Recreation Area.

In 1998, a group called the Preservation Trades Network started, where Rob and his crew attended the first of 16 International Preservation Trades Workshops, discovering that there were others who restored windows and were willing to share their expertise. In January of 2001, Rob and two partners started Heritage Restoration, Inc. (HRI), a private restoration contracting company. HRI set up our permanent window restoration shop, as well as a wood shop for our other building restoration general contracting services. The window shop evolved over the years, developing one of the first large filtered downdrafts tables, and using various other industry ideas like easels, stem strippers, and other professional techniques. The window shop completes about 600 sash restorations per year.

HRI continues to pursue on the job training and education through apprenticeships and internships of high school students, undergraduate students, and other interested individuals. Rob also provides lectures, educational sessions and training opportunities to the general public and those pursuing careers in Historic Preservation. Rob serves on the South Kingstown Zoning Board, Quest Montessori Board of Directors, and remains active in the public sector advocating for historic preservation, health care, business regulation, and lead laws.


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John Leeke
John Leeke is a nationally recognized historic building specialist who helps owners, trades people, contractors and architects understand and maintain historic buildings. He has been restoring historic buildings in New England for over 40 years and still spends a good part of his time "with hammer in hand."
John has a national reputation as a consultant and writer on restoration and preservation topics in preservation, with over 200 articles published in the preservation journals and popular restoration magazines.

He has taught window preservation methods for the:
* National Parks Service's Historic Preservation Training Center
* Preservation Education Institute
* Restoration & Renovation Conference
* National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference
* Windows Conference and Exposition for Historic Buildings
* Traditional Building Conference
* Many state and local historic preservation organizations.

John's past window projects include:
* Preserving wood windows at the Sabbath Day Shaker Community at Sabbath Day Lake, Maine
* Writing the specifications for preservation of the windows at the Maine Collage of Art's Porteous Building in Portland and training work crews in special window preservation techniques
* Contributing to the window specifications for the Philadelphia City Hall restoration project
* Solving window preservation problems at the Library of Congress's Jefferson Building in Washington, DC
* Training carpenters in special window preservation methods at Carnegie Hall in New York City

John wrote the book, Save America's Windows, that was published in 2009. His publications are used as a training manuals by several preservation trades schools and training programs in the United States and Canada. In 2010 the book was distributed to hundreds of preservation professionals and organizations by the Michigan Historic Preservation Network as part of their state-wide window preservation initiative, and used by the City of Kalamazoo Development Center to train dozens trades people in window work.

Leeke has been active on the internet for over 15 years, producing content for the National Parks Service website, hosting discussion forums and a four-year series of live interactive video conferences at his own website, http://www.HistoricHomeWorks.com, and producing a series of videos on preservation topics, including windows, that is distributed to dozens of websites.

John's motto:
By hammer and hand great works do stand, by mind and heart we share the art


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David Gibney
David Gibney has been a practicing restoration craftsman and technician for the past thirty five years. Raised in South Bend, IN he was first trained and mentored in new construction by James Sherry, a local contractor. He then branched out, forming The Old Building Recycling Company to restore historic homes, including Frank Lloyd Wright’s De Rhodes House.

In South Bend, he also worked for Renew, Inc. and Neighborhood Housing Services trying to restore and provide housing for low income families. He has an abiding interest in helping less fortunate people and has been to New Orleans seven times since Katrina hit, working in the 9th Ward District. Here in MD he has been active in many Habitat for Humanity builds.
He was a student in the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Workshop Study Program from 1980 to 1982. During his apprenticeship there he worked on many of the Trust’s finest properties including Lyndhurst in NY, Drayton Hall in SC, and Decatur House in Washington, D.C. He also attended various art schools and is a painter and sculptor.

David is one of the few restoration contractors in the USA who can deal with almost every aspect of a major restoration. His areas of expertise include carpentry, masonry, plaster, decorative plaster and timber framing, but his specialties are window and porch restoration. In 1990 He formed Historic Restoration Specialists Inc. in Smithsburg, MD. Since then he has worked on many historically important homes, churches, barns and museums in the MD, D.C., VA and PA. Some of them are listed on his resume.

He has lectured at the National Building Museum, the Association for Preservation Technology’s International Conference and the Restoration and Renovation
Conference. He has given extensive workshops at the University of PA, Shepherd University, the Smithsonian Studio Arts Program, and for many state and local organizations including Preservation MD, Preservation PA and Historic Alexandria. He has taught preservation courses at Harford Community College and Allegany College in MD. He is currently writing a course The Proper Restoration of Porches for Thaddeus Stevens College in Lancaster, PA.

David was published in the Winter 2001 issue of Period Homes and the March 2004 issue of Fine Homebuilding in articles on window restoration. He has been featured in the television programs Restore America and Old Homes Restored. Recently his credentials were sent to all fifty State Historic Preservation Officers as an expert historic restoration contractor.

He served for many years on the Board of Directors of Preservation Trades Network (PTN), a national non-profit that promotes education in historic methods to preserve the original historic trades. He has participated in most of the International Preservation Trades Workshops across the US and Sweden, teaching window and porch restoration. In 2008 he was the recipient of the Askins Award, PTN’s highest honor for his extensive educational work. Many of his employees have gone on to work for the National Park Service, restoring our nation’s historic treasures. David enjoys any challenge, large or small. Recently his company was honored to work on the windows and large portico of Homewood Museum, the Charles Carroll country home that became Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. David has helped save many original windows by installing, or by teaching people how to install, weatherization components that stop air infiltration. He and his employees look forward to every new challenge.


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Jim Turner
Jim Turner, owner of Turner Restoration specializes in the restoration of wood and steel windows. He is an adviser to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a member of Preservation Action and the Preservation Trades Network. Jim indulged his passion for historic buildings and set aside his corporate career in order to master the art of practical preservation through intensive training in Pine Mountain, Kentucky. His philosophy is that practical preservation is a viable tool for sustainability, community and cultural development as well as an economic driver for work force development and training. He is sought out by organizations across the Midwest and southern areas of the United States as a consultant,
presenter and trainer on window restoration techniques.

Jim was instrumental in the restoration of the original store front at the Richmond CenterStage© in Richmond, Virginia. He is currently working on a variety of projects including, the First Park Congregational Church in Grand Rapids, MI, the recently reopened Isaac Agree Synagogue in downtown Detroit, the Hartland Historic Museum in Hartland, MI and the Ray Township Historic Library. Over the past ten years the work of Tuner Restoration has been equally divided between the restoration of both steel and wood windows sustaining the historic value and architectural significance of structures in the communities that appreciate their historic resources.

The Founders Roles in the Project

Posted: May 17th, 2011, 2:19 pm
by johnleeke
The Founders main role is to write the standards document. In addition, each assumes other duties to keep the project rolling along:

Fundraising: B.Yapp
Marketing: J.Turner
PTN Liason: B.Yapp
Website: J.Leeke
Editor: J.Leeke

Instigator: D.Hoffman
Summit Organizer: J.Turner
Summit Demonstrations Coordinator: D.Hoffman, D.Gibney
Summit Documenter: J.Leeke
Task Master: D.Hoffman

Energy Performance Coordinator: D.Gibney

Re: The Founders

Posted: January 27th, 2017, 5:21 pm
by oculus
Amy McAuley is the owner of Oculus Fine Carpentry. Started in 2002, Oculus specializes in the conservation of historic windows and doors. Notable projects include the Pioneer Courthouse, Fort Dalles, Heceta Head Lighthouse, and Yaquina Head Lighthouse. Amy has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oregon, one year of post baccalaureate work in Architecture at Portland State University and 20 years of on-the-job experience in historic structures. Her emphasis is in working with traditional tools and techniques to conserve and build sash for historic structures. In Oregon, Washington, and Idaho she focuses on 19th and early 20th century buildings. She has demonstrated widely across the US and in Canada. She also teaches yearly at the Pacific Northwest Field School run by the University of Oregon.

Re: The Founders

Posted: January 30th, 2017, 12:58 pm
by Rob Cagnetta
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Robert Cagnetta
Heritage Restoration, Inc
122 Manton Ave
Providence, RI 02909
401-932-1985

Rob began his trades career in the mid-80’s helping out his high school teachers painting houses. In 1987, he enrolled into the architecture program at Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI. After a year he switched to the Historic Preservation Program, finding old buildings more interesting than designing new ones. In 1990 he began his first internship in the preservation crafts, which lead to a three year unofficial apprenticeship, doing everything from sweeping, to timber frame repair, to painting, to finish carpentry, to masonry. He graduated from Roger Williams in 2001.

In 1995 Rob worked with the non-profit Institute for Preservation Training (IPT), under the parent organization, Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island. IPT’s mission was to provide traditional trades training for public and private clients. IPT began the first Department of Labor, Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training certified Carpenter(Preservation) apprenticeship program. In 1997, IPT started a window repair and restoration shop, experimenting with various methods to strip, repair, and restore windows. IPT completed projects for the private individuals, as well as several National Parks including: Weir Farm, Harpers Ferry, the C&O Canal, and the Delaware National Recreation Area.

In 1998, a group called the Preservation Trades Network started, where Rob and his crew attended the first of 16 International Preservation Trades Workshops, discovering that there were others who restored windows and were willing to share their expertise. In January of 2001, Rob and two partners started Heritage Restoration, Inc. (HRI), a private restoration contracting company. HRI set up our permanent window restoration shop, as well as a wood shop for our other building restoration general contracting services. The window shop evolved over the years, developing one of the first large filtered downdrafts tables, and using various other industry ideas like easels, stem strippers, and other professional techniques. The window shop completes about 600 sash restorations per year.

HRI continues to pursue on the job training and education through apprenticeships and internships of high school students, undergraduate students, and other interested individuals. Rob also provides lectures, educational sessions and training opportunities to the general public and those pursuing careers in Historic Preservation. Rob serves on the South Kingstown Zoning Board, Quest Montessori Board of Directors, and remains active in the public sector advocating for historic preservation, health care, business regulation, and lead laws.

Re: The Founders

Posted: January 30th, 2017, 2:33 pm
by johnleeke
Amy, I suggest this edit of your photo. Do you agree?
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