Stone Masonry Walls, and Wood Barn Floor Repair Workshop

Posted on Jun 4, 2018

June 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am – June 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Glen Arbor
Kimberly Mann, NPS

Park to Host Barn Restoration Workshop for 2018

The park will again be hosting our successful barn restoration workshop June 18-23rd at the Brunson Barn four (3) miles north of Glen Arbor, Michigan on M-22, turn onto Thoreson Road and follow the signs.   This year marks the 22nd year that Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore has hosted and developed this series of “hands-on” workshops which started in 1997.  The park maintenance staff is providing the skilled labor to put on this workshop.

The workshop will address repairing Stone Masonry Walls, and Wood Barn Floor Repair.  The course will include 1) stone masonry repair, 2) repair of rough sawn floor boards, and 3) tool safety while completing the task presented.  This workshop is again able to provide a unique experience for all participants.

The course is set up so participants receive “hands on” training of all techniques.  The workshop begins on site at 9:00 a.m. each day.  There is no cost to participants. Tools and materials will be provided.  Participants should wear boots, gloves, and bring a sack lunch for each day that they attend.  Participants can sign up for any number of days.

Workers are not required to be skilled in the building trades, though experience will be helpful and appreciated.  The purpose of the workshop is to teach the techniques and train owners and those interested how to do restoration work on timber and frame structures, including concrete and stonework.  Past workshop attendees have ranged in age from 7 to 75 with each contributing their own unique skills to the project.

Campsites will be provided for those volunteers who wish to camp for those days they are signed up for the workshop.  Please indicate on the form, by email, or when you call to sign up.

Interested parties should contact the park historical architect, Kimberly Mann (231)326-4771, to sign up for the workshop.  To sign up by email:

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