Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Congressman Norm Dicks visits the School of Woodworking

Port Townsend School of Woodworking


We were greatly honored to have Congressman Norm Dicks visit the School today. School founder Tim Lawson presented the mission of the school and, especially, it's Historic Preservation program. In 2009 the school taught two courses to members of the Washington State Conservation Corps. The one week class in March focused on the theory of Historic Preservation and the assessment of old buildings. The second course in June 2009 completed the restoration of the eastern facade of Building 365 at Fort Worden.

Building 365 is 5,000 sq ft facility that we hope to transform into a teaching facility for the practical skills of historic preservation with a millwork shop, a metalwork shop, a paint shop, classroom, library and office space. We hope to complete the restoration of the building by training teams of veterans and others in skills that will enable them to find jobs in restoration projects across Washington state.

Our thanks to Kate Burke, Mayor Michelle Sandoval, Thatcher Bailey and Dave Robison for making the connection with Congressman Dicks. Plus a big thanks to Mark Fischer, Roxanne Clark and Ed Bowen of the Veterans Conservation Corps for their early faith in our Historic Preservation program.

You can find more details on our historic preservation program here

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