Learn the skill of Window Restoration May 15th! An essential part of the home, windows provide light, warmth, ventilation, and if not attended, can negatively affect your home’s energy efficiency. If you’re living in a historic home, your original windows add texture, depth and aesthetic appeal to your historic structure, but after 50 or 100 years they may not be in the best shape. We have good news: old windows were meant to be repaired, and with a few hours of training, you will be able to repair them yourself!
Our Window Restoration class teaches students how to repair and restore windows. Specific class topics and hands on elements include: working with window and glass repair tools, prepping window including paint removal, cutting and installing new glass, glazing windows, re-stalling sashes into the frame and learning project specific vocabulary.
While you are welcome and encouraged to bring a window to work on in class, don’t leave a big hole in your house. Windows will be provided for you to work on in class (or maybe practice on before you tackle yours). Saturday, May 15th, 10-4pm, $75.00 includes all tools and materials plus one practice window.
Students will be working with Instructor Aaron Ward. Aaron grew up in Western Vermont and from an early age knew construction would be his profession. Working in his dad’s shop, building small projects around the house, using any tool that was laying, around was his norm. Two years of Vocational school for carpentry/ masonry (where he placed third in the state of Vermont Vocational Olympics), kept the dream alive. After graduation from Poultney High School, he moved with his parents to Virginia where a job in the Hampton Roads area waited for him. Working on various crews, framing, siding, exterior trim and decks, helped to develop a well-rounded career. In 1992, he moved to the Richmond, Virginia area to start a family, where several different employers and a boom in the industry prompted a re-investment in self employment. Landing several high profile projects, one becoming a feature in Southern Living magazine, allowed him to stay at the top of the industry in the area. When an opportunity to move back to Vermont presented itself, he jumped at the chance and moved to the small hamlet of Wardsboro where he was offered new opportunities and career choices. Now a partner at Southern Vermont Home, LLC, he’s looking forward to this new career direction and is excited to start the next chapter as an instructor.