Summit III

Summit III was in September of 2017

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.


Promote:  Help us promote the Summit by distributing this flier:  SummitIIIFlier.pdf

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.


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

8:00-9:15, Opening Session and Standards Discussion, Bob Yapp

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

Jim introduces steel windows, reviews terms, manufacturers 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.

10:00-12:00, Business, Duffy Hoffman, Jodi Rubin, Andrea Sevonty

How to market, balance and “nitch” your business. Getting into business and getting out of business.

11:00-11:45, Air and Infrared, Rob Cagnetta, Toni Winston, 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.

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, 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.

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!

3:00 to 5:00, Testing Vinyl Windows, Toni Winston, Dormitory

Blower door testing of vinyl windows. For observation only, no presentation or Q&A.

5:30 Dinner, Laurel Hall

Tuesday, Sept. 26

7:00-7:45 Breakfast

8:00-12:00, Weatherization Methods, Duffy Hoffman, David Gibney, Rob Cagnetta, 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

12:00-12:45 (during lunch), 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.

1:00-2:45, Jamb Repair, David Gibney, Duffy Huffman, Rob Cagnetta, 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, Laurel Hall

5:30 Dinner, Laurel Hall

7:00 Partaaay, Far House

Join all the regulars, irregulars, old-timers and new-comers.  Music:  Duffy & The Putty Heads. Robert Andrew Scott, guitar, fiddle, vocals. Jacob Mac-Boll, cello,  fiddle, vocals. Duffy Hoffman, percussion, vocals. Dave Prince, guitar. Teresa (Luna) Prince, vocal.  Bring your musical instrument and join the jam.

Wednesday, Sept. 27

9:00-11:00, Storm Windows, moderator Bob Yapp, Fred Aemmer, Draper Garage

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

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

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, stripping methods, and paint curing.

5:30 Dinner

Thursday, Sept. 27

7:00 to 7:45 Breakfast

8:00-9:30, Glass, moderator Bob Yapp, Steve Jordan

Why glass matters, why we love old, “distorted” glass, and why we try to save it. Early glass, why was it so expensive?  Which came first, the sash or the glass. How advancements and improvements in sheet glass technology affected windows.

  • Crown Glass, how it was made and cut, limited in size
  • Hand thrown Cylinder Glass, how it was made
  • Mechanically manufactured cylinder glass
  • Flat drawn glass
  • Float glass

And much more on newer types of glass. Also, discussing: removing glass, installing glass, cutting glass, and where to find old glass.

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

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 to install a stained glass panel.

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

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

6:00 Pine Mountain Tour

See the sights, get the low-down, hear the back story on this fabulous spot.

6:00 Meet with the Founders and Gordon Bock, Draper garage

Friday, Sept. 29

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

Methods of site investigation, what typical things to look for, pricing sash
and time tests, mock ups, numbering systems, and outcome 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 home, where the folks are wondering:

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

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