Canceled: Due to COVID-19, this course has been canceled, but will likely be offered in 2021.
Log structures are some of the most versatile, enduring, and widespread resources found in the United States. The five day Wood and Log Preservation and Repair workshop 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. Afternoons will be spent in 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. Trainees can expect additional lectures and group discussions that explore historic log construction techniques, project planning considerations, and finishes.