I was contacted by Henry Mitchel of HKC roofing in Cincinatti to provide some up-training to their roofing crews. They are growing their historical and crat roofing operations and felt it was time to add some traditional seaming knowledge to their toolkit. 5 crew leaders were pulled off their regular duties to spend a week … Continue reading Training: HKC Roofing Cincinatti
Self-builds are the best way to a traditional building. This client in Titusville, PA had the building framed by an amish crew using an archaic method: ballon framing. This means the “shell” or outer walls run from the foundation all the way to the roof plate, and the platforms are “notched” into the walls rather … Continue reading Slate roof with inscription, copper standing seam details.
In 2016: I was contacted by Fayetteville, AK entrepreneur and self-taught builder Andrew Marks to spec, design, and install this 80-plus square slate and copper roof. Andrew and his wife Karen were building this home almost completely alone! They sourced a framer, masonry, and mechanical contractor but they were doing most of the work themselves.
One of my first commissions when I started touring in 2015: This medieval-inspired copper standing seam in Lyford Cay. This material is 22oz annealed and was formulated specifically for the extreme conditions in the caribbean.
This roof was the second stop on my tour that started in 2015. The client, Sarah Polzin is a director of training for the National Parks service. We had been introduced through my demonstrations for Preservation Trades Network. Traditional metal roofing in the french style: This is the built-in gutter, with a pleated corner. The … Continue reading French Style
My first commission, nearly 12 years ago in Louisville, KY. I had spent the year prior studying Neubecker and working on my own house: a Sear’s Kit bungalow from 1927. After completing the ridge cresting/finial project I got my first experience repairing slate roofing. This tower featured “peach bottom” slates that had been damaged by … Continue reading Decorative Copper: Victorian
I put an ad on craiglist, left my day job, and plunged head first into into contracting. My next commission was in a romantic revival suburb: “Senaca Park” in East Louisville. Later that year, I would do 2 more chimney caps, in the neighborhood for current KY governor Matt Bevin. I do not care for … Continue reading Decorative Copper: Euro gutters, cross finial, and chimney caps
This was my first project involving carpentry. I had done the built-in gutters on my own house, and labored for another contractor in the district to gain some experience the year prior so I felt confident. If the original roofers had used Euro methods, and the porch had never been wrapped it is likely that … Continue reading Cornice work: porch restoration, built-in gutters, and architectural design
One of the great things about slate roofs, is their ability to be repaired, without throwing out the whole assembly. In 2008 Louisville was hit with a major wind storm which caused some gargoyles to fall off the secondary tower on St. Boniface Catholic Church. The going price for salvage slates was very steep. For … Continue reading Slate Repair
This was my first traveling job, in Hodgenville, KY. This gutter was a mess! Mostly due to lack of maintenance. If it had been kept up it likely would have survived a lot longer. Most of the time, when you see built-in gutters done by modern craftspeople, they cut a profile pan into segments. You … Continue reading Round built-in gutters
Posted 10th November 2008 by Kurtis I’ve been working with the residents of this condo building for some time now to navigate the waters of the local landmarks ordinance with the intention of removing these hideous and poorly built entryway awnings. These things were assumed by the landmarks committee “experts” to be original, and therefore in need of … Continue reading “The Plaza” condo assn. at St. James Court
In 2015 I left Rhode Island, and Casa Buena Builders to bring seamed roofing to the english-speaking world. I had been studying at night, bringing my skills up with folding and joinery; while working full-time in historic preservation, remodeling, and slate roofing. My favorite project of the tour that year was this seminar I was … Continue reading Training: National Parks Service
Working drawings: different from architectural drawings are used for fabrication or assembly. They are intended to be used one time in the shop, and be lost in the process. This makes pattern making before the days of large format scanning and photocopy very expensive and time consuming. We can now digitize each pattern before it … Continue reading Working Drawings