Log structures are some of the most versatile, enduring, and widespread resources found in the United States. This course covers beginning wood science and log repair techniques to prepare trainees to effectively care for these important buildings. Using the White Grass Dude Ranch as a laboratory, students will start the workshop studying the basics of wood structure, deterioration, and field investigation methods before progressing to hands-on practice in the field. Students can expect field sessions where trainees will have the opportunity to use traditional tools and experiment with log repair strategies under the direction of an expert craftsperson. There will be additional lectures and group discussions that explore historic log construction techniques, project planning considerations, and finishes.
New for 2021
This workshop will resemble a flipped classroom, where students are expected to review materials and participate in lectures in short, late afternoon sessions, with most of the day spent in the field practicing and implementing those concepts learned during afternoon sessions. The workshop will run from 8 am to 1 pm and then again from 4 pm to 6 pm.
With no lodging available at White Grass, we suggest securing lodging prior to registering for the workshop. Summer in Grand Teton National Park is generally a very busy time, and the summer of 2021 will be busier than usual. Options may be limited. We apologize for the inconvenience.
This workshop will be held in accordance with current CDC, Department of the Interior, and National Park Service guidelines concerning the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a federal employee, it is your responsibility to review official agency guidelines regarding travel and communicate with your supervisor accordingly before registering for this workshop.
$250 – Regular tuition
$50 – Students enrolled at least ½ time
$25 – Employees of host park