2017-06-15 / Outdoors

Lakeshore offers hands-on workshops for preservation

The Frederick Dechow Barn will be the site for a Barn Restoration Workshop from Monday through Saturday, June 19-24, hosted by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

It’s the 21st year that the Lakeshore has sponsored the popular series of hands-on workshops.

Park maintenance staff will provide skilled labor to put on the workshop at the Dechow barn, located on M-22 four miles north of Glen Arbor.

The workshop begins at 9 a.m. each day. There is no cost to participate, and all tools and materials are provided.

Courses offered include stone masonry repair, repair of rough-sawn floor boards, repair and installation of hewn sills and a concrete door threshold, exterior siding repair, door and window repair and tool safety.

The workshop offers techniques and trains historic structure owners on the basics of timber-and-frame structure repair. Concrete and stone work is included.

Participants are not required to be skilled in the building trades, though experience is helpful and appreciated.

People aged seven to 75 have taken the courses.

Participants should wear boots and gloves and bring a sack lunch. Participants can sign up for any number of days.

Sites will be provided for volunteers who wish to camp while attending the workshop.

Those interested can contact the park’s historical architect Kimberly Mann at 326-4771. Participants may also sign up by email at kimberly_ mann@nps.gov.

Please indicate whether you plan to camp.

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