The Kentucky Trust

for Historic Preservation

“We Preserve Kentucky’s Heritage. Please join us and connect with of Kentuckians dedicated to preserving our Commonwealth’s unique places. Our success depends on you.”

Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation

P.O. Box 1112
Frankfort, KY 40602-1112


Historic Wood Window Restoration Training

Presented by: The Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation
Sponsored in part by a grant from: Historic Preservation Education Foundation's (HPEF's) Partners in Training (PIT) program.


Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, this training has been delayed until till spring of 2021. Please check back for updates. —

Whether you're a home owner, general contractor, avid craftsman, architect, or someone who simply loves old houses, this course is for you. Join us for a 5-day workshop to rehabilitate historic wood windows at the incredible Kenton Ash estate. Built c1801, the Kenton Ash house is a remarkable survivor of early Kentucky and will allow course participants an exceptional experience to learn hands on with original materials. Properly repaired historic windows have been proven as effective and as energy efficient as modern replacements when treated properly. This course will offer instruction and practice in hands-on restoration techniques with nationally recognized preservationist Duffy Hoffman.

Learn to restore wood windows through the restoration process--from start to finish.
* Map and number windows prior to removal.
* Disassemble, stabilize, and reassemble windows.
* Repair and replace window ropes, chains and pulleys.
* Restore and replace deteriorated and missing wood elements.
* Review paint-stripping materials, methods and learn how to conduct routine maintenance.
* Use a duty-specific steam box to safely remove old paint and glaze.
* Re-glaze windows and replace broken or damaged glass.
* Brush up on painting and refinishing tools, techniques, and materials.
* Incorporate lead-safe work practices

To ensure a remarkable learning experience, this class is limited to 12 persons.

Training Instructor Duffy Hoffman, Preservation Specialist for Historic Structures
About the Instructor: Mr. Hoffman is a third-generation craftsman of the historic trades with over thirty years of experience as a preservationist. He is dedicated to sharing knowledge of traditional building trades in the United States. He has taught courses at the Traditional Building Conferences for eight years, as well as at the International Preservation Trades Workshop for fifteen years. Duffy has collaborated with the Old House Journal, presenting workshops at the organization's Historic Homes Show as "the Old House Doctor" for over a decade. In 2013, Mr. Hoffman received the honorable "Askins" award from Preservation Trades Network for his efforts effort given to advance awareness of traditional building trade skills and knowledge.

Learn more about Mr. Duffy Hoffman and his work at his website:

Older and historic windows can be preserved with basic maintenance, repairs and energy saving upgrades. In the fall of 2010, five window specialists converged with others at Pine Mountain Settlement School in Pine Mountain, Kentucky for the first Window Standards Collaborative Summit. Over the course of the summit, repair techniques and standardized testing resulted in one of the first scientific studies in preserving historic windows in the nation. The result was the creation of national standards for the repair and weatherization of old and historic windows. The Window Preservation Standards Collaborative (WPSC) now includes over one hundred and fifty other window specialists from the United States, Canada, England and India and a published Window Preservation Standards Book, a copy of which will be provided to each course participant.

Learn More about WPSC:

For More Information or payment alternatives contact:
Eric Whisman:
Dexter Lovett:

Travel Information:
Maysville is 1:25min from the Lexington, KY Airport (LEX)
Maysville is 1:10min from the Cincinnati Airport (CVG)

The French Quarter Inn
25 E Mcdonald Pkwy, Maysville, KY 41056
Daily Rate: $87.97 per night
Use code: KTHP2019F

Course Itinerary:
A full course itinerary will be emailed to registrants prior to the workshop.
This training offering has been rescheduled till spring of 2021 due to the Covid-19 outbreak. Please check back for updates.
* Participants should plan to arrive in Maysville at the course hotel on Sunday afternoon by 4:00pm. A tour of Old Washington will begin at 5:00pm

Each day of the training will run from 9am -5pm each day with progressive instruction in historic wood window repair. An introduction to materials, form and history will be followed by instruction in initial assessment, removal, repair, finish and reinstallation throughout the five-day course.

Participants may enjoy their evenings in the historic surroundings of Maysville.
Selected history tours, dinners and a reception will fill out the week of training.

Old Washington
Old Washington was founded in 1786 by Arthur Fox, a Revolutionary War soldier from Virginia, and William Wood, a Baptist preacher, also from Virginia. The first trustees included Daniel Boone. The land on which it was laid out was purchased by Fox and Wood from frontiersman and contemporary of Boone, Simon Kenton. One of the earliest settlements in Kentucky and also one of the earliest American settlements west of the Appalachian Mountains, the community is populated with early structures that provide a study of the architectural types, construction styles and materials of the region.

The first post office in the region was established in Washington in 1789 and initially served the whole Northwest Territory including Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. It has operated continuously through today. Old Washington is noted as the location visited by author Harriet Beecher Stowe whose experience witnessing a slave auction in the town lead her to write Uncle Tom's Cabin. This course will begin with a Sunday evening tour of the community and conclude with a dinner in honor of the class.

Kenton Ash
The historic Kenton Ash House was built c1801 by Richard Durrett on land purchased directly from noted frontiersman Simon Kenton. The unique home features a double pile house with double front entry and unusually large fenestrations for a house of the period in the region. A founding farm in the community of Old Washington, Kenton Ash, was named for Simon Kenton and the abundant Ash trees that once populated the farm. It featured one of the first house race tracks in the region and boasted many prize winning livestock breeds. It survives as one of the best preserved homes in the region having been owned by the Durret family from construction though 1963. Acquired in 2018 by the current owners through the Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation, the house is now under renovation. The Kentucky Trust holds a protective perpetual covenant on the property and continue to work with the owners to create a unique hands-on training opportunities at the home.

Future Training Opportunities:
The Kentucky Trust will be operating an additional Wood Window Restoration Training in Spring of 2020 at the Kenton Ash house. This in-depth training will feature instruction by Mr. Duffy Hoffman over the course of a week. Look for registration information coming Fall of 2019.

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