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[AL] Preservation Conference in Mobile
Building Craftsmanship Brings the Preservation Trades to Alabama's Azalea City
Mobile is a classic colonial city full of elegant historic architecture shaped by 300 years of civic culture. Some things never change: the climate, the termites, and homeowners' need for improvement projects. For residents of Mobile's historic homes, that often means searching high and low for a craftsman with the skill and knowledge of early building techniques to clean and repair century-old decorative iron work, replace deteriorated wood siding with like materials, re-plaster an interior wall, or replace crumbling mortar in a historic brick wall.
On October 21-24, 2004, Mobile is host to a group of people who can do all of the above, and more. A coalition of Alabama's preservation organizations partners with the Preservation Trades Network to sponsor a conference focusing on historic preservation trades. Building Craftsmanship: Educating a New Generation combines the International Preservation Trades Workshop and the Alabama Preservation Conference.
The world's best preservation craftspeople demonstrate their trades from replacing slate roof tiles to forging iron implements. Clem Labine, founder of Old House Journal and Traditional Building, is the keynote speaker. Other activities include educational sessions, tours, and receptions.
Full scholarships are available to trades students, apprentices, instructors, and practicing craftsmen. Visit the following website to download an application: http://www.cityofmobile.org/html/departments/historic/tradeworkshop.php.
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