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Vancouver Heritage Foundation Weekly: Going Old School!

Vancouver Heritage Foundation is a registered charity supporting the conservation of heritage buildings and structures in recognition of their contribution to the city’s economy, sustainability and culture.
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Vancouver Heritage Foundation is a registered charity supporting the conservation of heritage buildings and structures in recognition of their contribution to the city’s economy, sustainability and culture.

Jim Wolf, Vintage Woodworks, showing us how to get those painted wood windows unstuck!

It may only be Fall (and feeling a lot like Winter), but VHF is looking ahead to Spring when we're going  Old School! Open to everyone, from owners and renters of old buildings, to handy folks who see the creative potential of salvaged materials, these hands-on heritage workshops let you learn from the experts!

Got a wood window that won't stay open or maybe doesn't open at all? The image above has Jim Stiven of Vintage Woodworks showing how to get a painted shut wood window open (we love it when they don't get thrown out or replaced with vinyl). He'll also teach you how to fix the weights that counter balance your double hung windows with VHF in April 2013.  Repaired and maintained wood windows can last for 100 years or longer, and prove to be more cost effective than new ones. (They also look nicer, or so we think).

Typical homes built in the early 20th century had lath and plaster walls. No idea what lath is?  Lloyd Cutting, the Mud Slinger and 40 year master plasterer is offering a simple repairs course with VHF in February 2013. Lath is thin wood strips nailed directly onto the framing of a house which it typically covered with plaster. Done right it can give an incredibly smooth and soft finish. Join the Mud Slinger himself for all sorts of tips and best practices for repairing it.   Below you'll see a lovely before and after shot of some lath and plaster repaired!

Before (lath exposed) and After image of the fireplace! Wow!

Want to be a house history sleuth? Learn how to take amazing architectural photos? Understand heritage conservation in Vancouver and Canada? Go to  Old School: Heritage Building Workshops and see a full list of all the workshops we'll offer in 2013.

Check out a few photos of diligent Old School students from this past year, and get inspired to learn something new about something old.

Don Luxton leading a group around the Mission to Seafarers at Heritage 101- the core course to all understanding of heritage conservation!!!

House History Researching at the Vancouver Archives! Wow- remember card catalogues?