Window Restoration Bootcamp

Have you ever struggled to open or close your house’s wooden windows? Do you love how your old windows look but aren’t sure how to get them working properly? Do you have a cracked pane, peeling paint, or glazing falling off? Want to keep your old windows and learn how to make them last another 100 years while remaining energy-efficient? 

Then this course is for you! This beginner workshop is designed for those with little to no experience with wooden window repair and an interest in learning more.  

Over two days, you’ll learn how to better appreciate, assess, and repair wooden windows under the guidance of a skilled instructor. Participants will gain an understanding of how windows have been constructed in Rhode Island, common problems such windows face, and what tools, products, and techniques can be used to repair them to last another century.

Included in the cost of the workshop are three monthly check-ins with the instructor to follow up on any questions and practical challenges that might arise once you start your own window projects.

Attire: Wear closed-toed shoes and clothes you’re comfortable getting dirty.  Tools will be provided.

November 4 & 5 // 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sliding Scale Fee Structure $50-$250
50 Sims Avenue // Register in advance

If the cost of this workshop is prohibitive, let us know. We’ve reserved several spots for folks on a pay-as-you-can basis courtesy of Bank RI.
This program is a part of our Building Works initiative. Learn More.


Who is this course for? 

This is designed for absolute beginners who are interested in learning more about basic home repair. Of course, those with some experience repairing windows are welcome to join!  

While this course is designed for homeowners, it is by no means just for homeowners. Any and all are welcome to come and learn.  

What will I be able to do after this course?  

You will have a solid understanding of how wooden sash windows operate. This knowledge will enable you to better evaluate issues you might be having with your windows. Following the course, you’ll have the skills to conduct basic repairs, but also have a better knowledge of who to contact for further assistance and how to work effectively with contractors. 

Will I encounter lead paint?  

You may encounter lead paint, but only in the confines of a commercial woodshop with appropriate ventilation. We will teach you how to safely manage the risks associated with lead paint. 

Is lunch provided? 

Lunch is not provided, but we will have coffee and water. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch to eat on-site or grab lunch during the hour-long break. 

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