There are more and more schools offering degree programs, certifications or continued learning courses in the trades like carpentry. The Campbell Center in Illinois offers short courses in wood, log, timber frame and window restoration and Historic Windsor, Inc in Vermont offers a variety of preservation skills and technology courses . The Fox Maple School in Maine offers timber frame workshops as does the Yestermorrow School in Vermont. A more complete list of opportunities for Preservation Trades Education is available through the Preservation Trades Network. Whether hewing a log, framing up a  new building or repairing an historic window sash, Carpenters keep our built environment strong. There’s some new construction happening among our Facilities Maintenance partners, but I’d hazard a guess that a lot of you are looking for woodworking skills that can be applied to the historic structures in your Park.

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The Learning and Development division of the NPS also sponsors carpentry and preservation-related workshops–usually they’re hosted by the Historic Preservation Training Center or the Mott Training Center of the California State Parks.  They’ll be advertised on this website so check back often.  And lets not forget the wealth of technical information available through our friends at the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology that’s available through workshops or through on-demand content.


Perhaps you’re looking for a resource for to help you calculate the different components of a built structure, like stairs or a roof pitch.  Or you don’t quite remember the geometric formulas for figuring the area of a trapezoid. You’ll find that information along with lots of other great stuff. Not sure which wood to use? Find a chart with properties of woods found all over the world. Keep coming back to see what we have to offer. Better yet–let us know what you want to see on this website.

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Want to know more about the requirements for the job? Follow this link to view the standard Position Description Library, scroll down and click on the “All Wage Grade PD’s”.  Scroll down and you’ll find PD’s for Maintenance Mechanics, Carpentry Workers and Carpenters.  (Note: depending on a Park’s specific needs these PD’s may be modified for an actual job posting.)


Do you have a resource that would be valuable to this Program Area or is your team working on an interesting project? Leave a comment  below and tell us about it so we can feature it on our site.

Wooden Window Repair Methods – Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site
Windows WorkshopCheck out this informative video of the Wooden Windows Repair Methods Workshop at the Blow-Me-Down Farm, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, New Hampshire. Instructor, Sally Fishburn, teaches the various methods and techniques involved in restoring old wooden windows. Download the Window Inventory Survey form featured in this video.
Timber Framers Guild Apprenticeship
TFG apprenticeship-landing THE Timber Framers Guild training curriculum is the fruit of years of an organized effort by Will Beemer and members of the Apprenticeship Training Committee to provide an educational structure for future generations of American timber framers. The curriculum trains skilled timber framers by placing apprentices at timber framing businesses under the mentorship of qualified ...
Timber Framers Guild 2013 Western Conference
TFG Conferences- THIS CONFERENCE HAS PASSED - Please see below for details and contact information if you have questions about future events. 2013 Western Conference April 18-21, 2013 Coeur d’Alene, Idaho   For more information and registration click HERE  
Intermediate Carpentry Training at Lake Perris State Park, Riverside California
NPS carpenter cuts a beam during a training class- THIS TRAINING SESSION HAS PASSED - Please see below for details and contact information if you have questions. WHO: Maintenance Workers, Maintenance Mechanics, Carpenters, and others needing to improve their carpentry skills WHAT:  Intermediate Carpentry Skills SPONSORED BY: WASO Learning and Development (Historic Preservation Training Center) California State Parks, W.P Mott Jr Training Center, Asilomar, California Lake Perris State Park, near ...
How to Restore & Weatherize Your Historic Home Windows with Duffy Hoffman
Duffy HoffmanWednesday, May 29, 2013 – 6:00pm-7:30pm at the Historic Harrisburg Resource Center Historic Harrisburg Association Harrisburg, PA Duffy is the owner of Hoffman Preservation & Restoration and a third-generation craftsman with more than 25 years experience in preservation trades. Duffy is also one of the founders of the “Window preservation Standards Collaborative”, a group focused on setting the ...
Duffy Hoffman Presents a Window Work Shop with David Gibney
Duffy HoffmanWindow Restoration & Weatherization – June 21-23, 2013 Elizabethville, PA Have you Ever… Wondered if you can save those old wood windows? Considered the difference in cost between restoration of your old sash versus replacing them with new windows? Wanted to restore your building but don’t know how to hire a contractor? Painted your house only to find that you need to re-paint two years later? Wanted ...

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2 Responses to Carpentry

  1. Johnnie Powell says:

    I really did like seeing the Position Description Library on this page. I just wonder if more emphasis should be placed on the Library as this does include the description of what will be expected for that position. Information from this Library may assist individuals on the Maintenance path.

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