Building conservation masterclass

Conservation and Repair of Timber with Joe Thompson

Ref: B3D09125

£726.00
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About this course


This course provides an intensive introduction to historic timber-framed structures. It begins by examining the original methods of framing and construction and then concentrates on problems, failures and methods of repair. The course comprises lectures, case studies, demonstrations, practical exercises, discussions and tours of the Weald and Downland Living Museum's timber buildings, with particular reference to the development of timber repairs undertaken at the Museum over more than forty years. It includes lectures on fungal decay, insect attack and their conservative treatments, with current research and recent case studies on the subject.




Course Description

Day 1

Introduction to course.

Introduction to timber frame buildings, including the basics of timber conversion, construction and use, and regional and chronological traditions

Day 2

Transfer to Museum.

Fungal decay and insect attack - the structure of wood and the mechanisms of decay; recognition and effects upon timber

Treatment of rot and insect attack - dealing with the cause, environmental controls, current research and case studies

Practical session on timber decay - exploration and discussion on infestation in a variety of timber samples

Historic methods of timber framing - traditional systems of framing; the fabrication process; layout methodology; joints and marking techniques

Laying out and marking a simple frame - marking methods and cutting mortice and tenon joints; traditional pegs and fixings

Transfer to College.

Evening. Introduction to repair techniques - radical and conservative philosophies; recording techniques; overview of repair methods using timber, steel and resin.

Day 3

Transfer to Museum

View examples of carpentry at Open Air Museum

Repairs using timber - assessing defective timbers; the range of timber to timber repairs; the use of iron and steel in conjunction with timber repairs.

Repair demonstrations - evaluating the criteria for a repair; working methodology; tools and their uses; setting out the repair.

Fixing and finishing repairs - types of fixings; traditional pegs and fixings; tool marks and surface finishes.

Transfer to College.

Evening Case studies - in-situ repair considerations; temporary support systems; softwood frame repairs (including Long Crendon Courthouse, Harmondsworth Barn, Chatham Dockyard buildings, Barley Hall York.

Day 4

Transfer to Museum

Tour of Museum's timber buildings to view repairs, including ones using epoxy resin systems

Workshop exercise - assessment, evaluation and repair proposals for selected defective historic timbers; discussion of alternative repair options; specifications for timber repairs.

The reconstruction of the Globe Theatre - an archaeological reconstruction of a timber-framed building.

15.30 Summary, feedback and discussion. Issue of certificates and depart.

Transfer to College.

Timetable

Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Please remember to bring work clothes/overalls and shoes/boots for practical sessions.

Tutors

Joe Thompson

Joe Thompson - BCM Course Leader

Joe of Sussex Oak and Iron is carpenter in residence at the Weald and Downland Living Museum. He has developed a keen analytical eye and a scholar's passion for following and interpreting the evidence along with a natural skill in teaching.

Accommodation

Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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