If you haven’t registered yet for the International Preservation Workshop, IPTW 2010 in Frankfort, Kentucky, October 21-23, time is running out to save big by registering early. This year’s conference is shaping up to be one of the best in years. The venue is the spacious Frankfort Convention Center which features a magnificent arena area for demonstrations and state of the art conference rooms for presentations.

More than thirty demonstrators and presenters will be showcasing their skills. Tradespeople from the US and abroad will share the techniques, tools, materials and technologies of crafts and trades ranging from masonry restoration, slate, wood shingle and metal roofing, preservation carpentry, window repair, and blacksmithing, to plaster restoration, stained glass repair and much more. IPTW 2010 will provide unique opportunities for preservation tradespeople, architects, preservation organization staff members, historic property stewards, state and local government employees, preservation students, and homeowners to gain understanding of the preservation trades, and create exchanges between preservation professionals and the public through interactive learning sessions, and one-on-one discussions. The International Preservation Trades Workshop is the only annual event in North American which brings the foremost practitioners of the traditional trades together in a single venue dedicated to sharing the skills and knowledge of all of the trades employed in conservation of the built environment. Learn more at the PTN website.

Of course you may want to stop by the blacksmithing demonstration just outside on the lawn before taking a leisurely walk to beautiful historic downtown Frankfort just across the lawn of the Old State Capitol. The discounted hotel rates at the Capitol Plaza, which is connected to the convention center, are so low you’ll think somebody made a mistake. But there will be plenty of opportunity to spend your savings at the benefit auction right after the awards dinner. And you will have plenty of opportunity to brag about your winning bids at the closing reception at the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Register by September 30th and save! See you in Frankfort!

Two pre-IPTW Workshops

Maximize your IPTW experience by registering for one of two pre-conference workshops. Jonathan Appell will teach a Gravestone Preservation Workshop at historic Frankfort Cemetery, October 19-20. Participants may register for one or both days of hands on interactive conservation and repair techniques. Frankfort Cemetery, founded in 1844, was designed by Scottish landscape architect Robert Carmichael, and modeled on Boston’s Mount Auburn Cemetery. It is the final resting place of Daniel Boone and other famous Americans including seventeen Kentucky governors. The Historic Log Building Restoration Workshop, October 13-20, 2010 will focus on the process of authentically restoring and reconstructing a c.1825 log meat house documented and deconstructed during the 2009 Kentucky Preservation Rendezvous. Register to attend both IPTW 2010 and the Historic Log Building Restoration Workshop and receive a $100 discount on the workshop registration fee.

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