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Typically is hosted in June each year, but check with the park historical architect who schedules additional projects throughout the calendar year with this type of project focus. The park will again be hosting our successful barn restoration workshop in June 2015. This year marks the 19th year of the partnership between the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in developing this series of "hands-on" workshops. The park and the Michigan Barn Preservation Network are providing the skilled labor to put on this workshop.
The course is set up so participants receive "hands on" training of all techniques. The workshop begins on site at 9:00 a.m. each day. There is no cost to participants. Tools and materials will be provided. Participants should wear boots, gloves, and bring a sack lunch for each day that they attend. Participants can sign up for any number of days.
Workers are not required to be skilled in the building trades, though experience will be helpful and appreciated. The purpose of the workshop is to teach the techniques and train owners and those interested how to do restoration work on timber and frame structures, including concrete and stonework. Past workshop attendees have ranged in age from 7 to 75 with each contributing their own unique skills to the project.
Campsites will be provided for those volunteers who wish to camp for those days they are signed up for the workshop. Please indicate on the form, by email, or when you call to sign up. Interested parties should contact the park historical architect, Kimberly Mann (231)326-4771, to sign up for the workshop. To sign up by email: email@example.com