Preservation Skills Workshop: Learning to Shake

To support our mission of historic preservation, Historic Yellow Springs is pleased to present our Preservation Skills Workshop Series. These hands-on workshops will give participants the knowledge and confidence to tackle many of the DIY projects that are an ever present part of owning an older historic home.

Learning to Shake (cedar shake that is)

Cedar Shake Workshop

No Experience Required
Instructors: Andrew Gustine, Michael Biddison
Date: Saturday -Sunday, October 19 – 20, 2019
Time: 8:30am-6:00pm
Location: Meet at Chester Springs Studio
1668 Art School Road / Chester Springs, PA 19425
Suggested Donation: HYS and CCHPN Members: $85, Non-Member: $100

During this two-day workshop we are going to re-roof one side of the Crystal Diamond Springhouse in Historic Yellow Springs. The first half was done last year and it’s time to complete the project. This is a great chance to learn some basic tool skills and the fundamentals of doing a small, pleasantly low and artful cedar shake roof. It’s not hard! It supports keeping history Alive! It’s fun!

That is… it’s a good time to have some fun in the outside, learning things with people who like bringing old things back to life.

PAFA artists painting at the Crystal Diamond Springhouse, 1930s.

PAFA artists painting at the Crystal Diamond Springhouse, 1930s.

No experience required (Except life experience). But kids under 16 require an adult supervisor.

The Crystal Diamond Springhouse is a small, one-story, stucco-over-frame building built in the 1850s to house the magnesium spring. It features a unique on purpose opening in the roof that provides an artful element.

The workshop will be guided by Andy Gustine with assistance from his plucky sidekick Mike Biddison. The two have worked together for over twenty years on a variety construction projects, focusing on historic and unique structures that require fitness, practicality, and some degree of tasteful invention.  Andy brings a wealth of historical and technical information and techniques (substance) and calm presence. Mike brings enthusiasm, the artists eye and technique as well as a foolish sense of humor.

Guided by two building professionals with over 50 years of experience between them, participants will strip the existing cedar shingles, repair the existing wood lath, and install new western red cedar taper-sawn shakes.

The workshop will meet from 8:30 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday, with a break at noon for lunch (please bring your own). Full scholarships are available for high school and college students. Email for more information.




Workshop Instructor Andrew Gustine, Native Woods Restoration Carpentry

Andrew Gustine, Native Woods Restoration Carpentry

Andrew Gustine, owner of Native Woods Restoration Carpentry, is a master carpenter focused on rehabilitating and restoring houses, barns, and outbuildings for more than 25 years. He holds a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the Board of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network, and Historic Yellow Springs, Inc.

Website: Native Woods Restoration Carpentry
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Instructors for the Workshop Series

Michael Biddison, Native Woods Restoration Carpentry

Michael Biddison
In addition to his work in fine carpentry Michael has an active career creating commission sculptures and functional artworks throughout the northeast. “In nature, nothing is discarded…everything is re-used, re-invented, woven in.”

Website: Native Woods Restoration Carpentry
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Facebook: Native Woods Restoration Carpentry