Bill Rainford Teaching 2015

Instruction

Upcoming Class Schedule:

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2017 Schedule being worked out, please check back again soon.
EAIA Annual Meeting — Old Sturbridge MA, Topic TBD
Eastfield Historic Trades Sampler 2017, Topic TBD

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Past Class Schedule:

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Eastfield Village + EAIA Historic Trades Sampler July 28-31, 2016

Eastfield Historic Trades Sampler

Early American Industries Association

Join Us July 28-31,2016!
    The Early American Industries Association Eastfield Historic Trades Sampler, will be held on Thursday, July 28th through Sunday, July 31st, 2016, at Historic Eastfield Village, East Nassau, New York. The program this year will include:
  • Domed wooden box making with Bill Rainford
  • Decorative painting with Bill McMillen
  • Fish decoy making with Joe Brien
  • Iron utensil making in the blacksmith shop with Olof Janssen
  • Tinsmithing with Master Tinsmith Bill McMillen
  • Flint knapping & atlatl making with George Lott
  • Black powder shooting with Bill McMillen
    The name Eastfield Historic Trades Sampler reflects what we actually offer-a sampler of various trades with an opportunity to learn about them while completing a small project related to the craft.
    There are two different workshops each day from which to choose. The classes start at 9 a.m. and there is a lunch provided in Eastfield’s historic tavern from noon until 1 p.m., at which time the afternoon session of the workshops resume. The workshops end around 5 p.m.
Accommodations
    Accommodations in Eastfield’s taverns are available free of charge for those wishing to stay as guests in early 19th century surroundings. The only requirements is that each person supply their own bedding, plus 10 ten inch white candles.
    Students are encouraged to stay here during the Historic TradesSampler. Meals may be cooked or served in the late 18th century kitchens. Accommodations are rope beds with straw and feather ticks. Facilities are located in period out houses. There are evening gatherings in the Briggs Tavern and lively conversations and games of dominoes by candlelight. This immersive experience offers an unforgettable opportunity to be with others-students and teachers-of similar interests, to gain appreciation for the work and daily life of early 19th century America.

Introduction to Sharpening @ North Bennet Street School

Saturday-Sunday, July 23-24
8:30am-4:30pm
Instructor: Bill Rainford

Having sharp, well-tuned tools is perhaps the most important aspect of woodworking; they are requisite for good work. Learn the basics of sharpening a core set of tools used in many woodworking applications. We cover tuning up and sharpening a bench chisel, smoothing plane, and cutting gauge. Additional topics covered include hollow grinding, honing, making a stone holder and tuning up your stones. Additional tools covered as time allows.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

 

Drywall for Beginners @ North Bennet Street School

Saturday-Sunday, June 25-26 (2 Sessions)
8:30am-4:30pm
Instructor: Bill Rainford

Students learn how to hang drywall, tape seams, work with mud, sanding (wet and dry), and how to work with corners. Additional topics covered include light framing overview, repairing holes, working around outlet boxes and fixtures, repairing damage, finishing the surface, painting tips and, if time allows, the basics of texturing. Students assemble and work from full-size model wall sections which include an inside and outside corner and opportunity to work with stud bays. This class is intended for homeowners, DIY enthusiasts and carpenters/contractors. Basic carpentry or handy skills are a plus.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to workshop start.

Molding to Picture Frame Workshop @ The North Bennet Street School

Saturday, February 27
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
I
nstructor: Bill Rainford

This workshop will focus on creating moldings using traditional hand planes. Each student will have the opportunity to setup and use some hollows and rounds, beading planes, rabbet planes and molders on a sticking board to make a short run of molding that will be mitered to form a small picture frame. Cutting/fitting glass will also be covered.

Beginners are welcome.

If you’d like to learn more about this workshop from a prior running, please check out this post. If you’d like to learn a bit more about this sort of work please check out this earlier post as well as this one. 

Please review our Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to class start.

Window Sash Workshop @ The North Bennet Street School

Boston, Massachusetts
Saturday – Sunday, January 23-24, 2016
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Instructor: Bill Rainford

Learn the basics of building a traditional window sash. The sash you make can be used as a small window or a wall hanging. Skills learned include: milling muntin stock, layout from a story stick, mortise and tenon work, coping a profile, draw boring, making pins, cutting glass and the basics of glazing. If time allows, we discuss other styles and tips on fitting a sash to a frame. Prerequisites: Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking and Fundamentals of Machine Woodworking or equivalent experience.

Learn more about building a window sash here.

Students are responsible for supplying their own tools. A tool list will be sent at least 2 weeks prior to class start.

Please review the NBSS Registration Policies before registering.

Registration closes 7 days prior to the start of class

Early American Industries Association — Historic Trades Sampler 2015 @ Eastfield Village

East Nassau, New York
Saturday – Sunday, August 1, 2015
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Instructor: Bill Rainford

I’ll be teaching a lesson on running traditional moldings using traditional hand planes. Each student will have the opportunity to setup and use some hollows and rounds, beading planes, rabbet planes and molders on a sticking board to make a short run of molding that will be mitered to form a small picture frame.

If you’d like to learn a bit more about this sort of work please check out this earlier post as well as this one.

A recap of the class can be found here.

Window Sash Workshop @ The North Bennet Street School

Boston, Massachusetts
Saturday – Sunday, August 1-2,2015
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Instructor: Bill Rainford

Learn the basics of building a traditional window sash. The sash you make can be used as a small window or a wall hanging. Skills learned include: milling muntin stock, layout from a story stick, mortise and tenon work, coping a profile, draw boring, making pins, cutting glass and the basics of glazing. If time allows, we discuss other styles and tips on fitting a sash to a frame. Prerequisites: Fundamentals of fine woodworking and Fundamentals of machine woodworking.

Learn more about building a window sash here.

Sawhorse Workshop @ The North Bennet Street School

Boston, Massachusetts
Saturday & Sunday, June 6 – 7, 2015
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Instructor: Bill Rainford

Build a pair of heavy duty work-site saw horses and a pair of neatly joined nesting horses (or ‘Hurdles’) for using in the workshop. Learn various mortise-and-tenon joinery, trestle structures, hollow chisel and plunge router mortising, table saw tenoning, and laying out of splayed legs. If time allows, we also discuss additional fixtures/accessories. You’ll wonder how you ever worked without them.

Prerequisites: Either Fundamentals of fine woodworking or Fundamentals of machine woodworking or equivalent experience.

 

Introduction to Shutters @ The North Bennet Street School

Saturday, May 30

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Saturday & Sunday, May 30-31, 2015
Instructor: Bill Rainford

Learn about traditional wooden shutters in this two-day workshop. Using traditional joinery, students build a sample shutter and learn the skills to layout and build shutters for your house. Discussion includes interior and exterior uses, fielded panels and louvered styles Students should be able to plane and square up a board by hand and have some experience laying out and cutting traditional mortise and tenon joinery by hand. Some experience with tuned hand tools and power tools is required https://rainfordrestorations.wordpress.com/2012/05/25/making-a-case-for-building-traditional-window-sash-by-hand/

Bill Rainford is a graduate of the Preservation Carpentry program and many PC and CFM workshops. A long time woodworker, Bill currently works on commissioned pieces from his own workshop, site projects, and personalized instruction.

More Shuttermaking Workshop Info From A Previous Running of the workshop can be found here.

Sawhorse Workshop @ The North Bennet Street School

Saturday, September 13 – Sunday, September 14, 2014

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Instructor: Bill Rainford

Build a pair of heavy duty work-site saw horses and a pair of neatly joined nesting horses (or ‘Hurdles’) for using in the workshop. Learn various mortise-and-tenon joinery, trestle structures, hollow chisel and plunge router mortising, table saw tenoning, and laying out of splayed legs. If time allows, we also discuss additional fixtures/accessories. You’ll wonder how you ever worked without them. Prerequisites: Either Fundamentals of fine woodworking or Fundamentals of machine woodworking.

 

Traditional Building (Part of the BAC Masters in Historic Preservation degree program)

July – Sept 21st 2014

  • 8 week class — 7 weeks online lectures, study and project work and an 8 day intensive in Boston at the North Bennet Street School
  • At the North Bennet Street School Boston MA Campus in collaboration with the Boston Architectural College (BAC):

Course Description:

In this Intensive, students work independently and as a team to understand the historic building systems key to preservation of New England structures from the Colonial era through the middle of the twentieth century, including wood framing, masonry and grout, terra cotta, plaster, cladding and paint. Legal guidelines for the preservation of historic buildings and materials will be discussed. This course launches the Master of Design Studies in Historic Preservation through an immersive workshop in Boston accompanied by related study online. It is required for students enrolled in the MDS and open only to those students. Cohort members are gathered in Boston for a hands-on immersion in the technology, craft, and culture of traditional building drawing on the rich preservation building heritage of Boston and New England. Central to the intensive will be a series of visits to the North Bennet Street School for a sequence of hands-on lectures and demonstrations over a period of eight days, covering a range of topics and techniques involved in the preservation of historic structures. Instructors for the program will be the faculty of North Bennet Street School’s Preservation Carpentry program as well as consultants with specific expertise in the subject study area. Each topic will be described and demonstrated over a period of one to three days, depending upon the depth of treatment and the time allowed for students to practice the specific skills. Key procedures in the testing of historic construction materials will be described, observed, and where possible, replicated.

You can find out more about this class and the program here or go direct to the video here.

Window Sash Workshop (Building a Window Sash) @ The North Bennet Street School

Saturday June 7 – Sunday June 8,  2014
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Instructor: Bill Rainford

Learn the basics of building a traditional window sash. The sash you make can be used as a small window or a wall hanging. Skills learned include: milling muntin stock, layout from a story stick, mortise and tenon work, coping a profile, draw boring, making pins, cutting glass and the basics of glazing. If time allows, we discuss other styles and tips on fitting a sash to a frame. Prerequisites: Fundamentals of fine woodworking and Fundamentals of machine woodworking.

Sawhorse Workshop @ The North Bennet Street School

Saturday, May 17, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Instructor: Bill Rainford

Build a pair of heavy duty work-site saw horses and a pair of neatly joined nesting horses (or ‘Hurdles’) for using in the workshop. Learn various mortise-and-tenon joinery, trestle structures, hollow chisel and plunge router mortising, table saw tenoning, and laying out of splayed legs. If time allows, we also discuss additional fixtures/accessories. You’ll wonder how you ever worked without them. Prerequisites: Either Fundamentals of fine woodworking or Fundamentals of machine woodworking.

 

Making Traditional Moldings Using Hand Planes @ The North Bennet Street School

Saturday, April 12 – Sunday April 13 2014
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Instructor: Bill Rainford

Learn to use traditional molding and joinery planes to produce beautiful traditional molding profiles. Learn the basics of tuning and using these planes. Build a basic sticking board, used to hold the moldings you are making. Layout and execute historic profiles. We discuss the history of traditional moldings, examine planes/profiles students bring (optional) and, if there is time, an introduction to carved moldings.

Introduction To Shutters @ The North Bennet Street School

Saturday, March 15 – Sunday March 16, 2014
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Instructor: Bill Rainford

Learn about traditional wooden shutters in this two-day workshop. Using traditional joinery, students build a sample shutter and learn the skills needed to layout and build shutters for custom projects. Discussion includes interior and exterior uses, fielded panels and louvered styles. Students should be able to plane and square up a board by hand and have some experience laying out and cutting traditional mortise-and-tenon joinery by hand. Some experience with tuned hand tools and power tools is required.

Drywall for Beginners @ The North Bennet Street School

Saturday, October 19 – Sunday October 20 2013
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Instructor: Bill Rainford

In this course students learn how to hang drywall, tape seams, work with mud, wet and dry sanding, working with corners, etc. Additional topics covered include light framing overview, repairing holes, working around outlet boxes and fixtures, painting tips and, if time allows, the basics of texturing. Students assemble and work from model wall sections which include an inside and outside corner and opportunity to work with stud bays, outlets, repairing damage and finishing the surface. This class is intended for homeowners, DIY enthusiasts and carpenters/contractors. No skills required. Basic carpentry or handyman skills are a plus.

Introduction To Shutters @ The North Bennet Street School

Saturday, May 4 – Sunday May 5 2013
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Instructor: Bill Rainford

Learn about traditional wooden shutters in this two-day workshop. Using traditional joinery, students build a sample shutter and learn the skills to layout and build shutters for your house. Discussion includes interior and exterior uses, fielded panels and louvered styles Students should be able to plane and square up a board by hand and have some experience laying out and cutting traditional mortise and tenon joinery by hand. Some experience with tuned hand tools and power tools is required. PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS WILL BE HELD IN ARLINGTON.

Hanging doors and windows: demo and discussion @ The North Bennet Street School

Saturday, June 8
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM Register
Instructor: Bill Rainford

This one-day demonstration workshop includes installing a modern door, cutting to accommodate a door knob and lock set, mortising hinges, installing a modern window and related trim and flashing. We cover the proper tools for these projects and include ample time for questions throughout the day. PLEASE NOTE THIS CLASS WILL BE HELD IN ARLINGTON.

Drywall for BeginnersWorkshop @ The North Bennet Street School

Saturday, January 26 – Sunday January 27, 2013
8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Instructor: Bill Rainford

In this course students learn how to hang drywall, tape seams, work with mud, wet and dry sanding, working with corners, etc. Additional topics covered include light framing overview, repairing holes, working around outlet boxes and fixtures, painting tips and, if time allows, the basics of texturing. Students assemble and work from model wall sections which include an inside and outside corner and opportunity to work with stud bays, outlets, repairing damage and finishing the surface. This class is intended for homeowners, DIY enthusiasts and carpenters/contractors. No skills required. Basic carpentry or handyman skills are a plus.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS CLASS WILL BE HELD AT OUR ARLINGTON FACILITY.

Historic Window Sash Restoration Workshop @ The North Bennet Street School

Saturday – Sunday, August 4 – 5, 2012
8:30am – 4:30pm
Instructor: Bill Rainford

  • Learn wooden window sash restoration in this hands-on class. Organize the project, assess the condition of the sash and determine what tools and materials are needed to rejuvenate tired, worn-out windows. Safe techniques of paint stripping and repainting are covered. Glass cutting and tool glazing putty is discussed. Time permitting, the techniques and recipes for historic house window sash restoration are also covered. Sashes are provided; however, students may bring sashes to work on during class. PLEASE NOTE: THIS CLASS WILL BE HELD AT OUR ARLINGTON FACILITY.
  • At the North Bennet Street School — Arlington MA Campus

Traditional Building (Part of the BAC Masters in Historic Preservation degree program)

August 1 – Sept 21st 2012

  • 8 week class — 7 weeks online lectures, study and project work and an 8 day intensive in Boston at the North Bennet Street School
  • At the North Bennet Street School — Arlington MA Campus in collaboration with the Boston Architectural College (BAC):

Course Description:

In this Intensive, students work independently and as a team to understand the historic building systems key to preservation of New England structures from the Colonial era through the middle of the twentieth century, including wood framing, masonry and grout, terra cotta, plaster, cladding and paint. Legal guidelines for the preservation of historic buildings and materials will be discussed. This course launches the Master of Design Studies in Historic Preservation through an immersive workshop in Boston accompanied by related study online. It is required for students enrolled in the MDS and open only to those students. Cohort members are gathered in Boston for a hands-on immersion in the technology, craft, and culture of traditional building drawing on the rich preservation building heritage of Boston and New England. Central to the intensive will be a series of visits to the North Bennet Street School for a sequence of hands-on lectures and demonstrations over a period of eight days, covering a range of topics and techniques involved in the preservation of historic structures. Instructors for the program will be the faculty of North Bennet Street School’s Preservation Carpentry program as well as consultants with specific expertise in the subject study area. Each topic will be described and demonstrated over a period of one to three days, depending upon the depth of treatment and the time allowed for students to practice the specific skills. Key procedures in the testing of historic construction materials will be described, observed, and where possible, replicated.

You can find out more about this class and the program here or go direct to the video here.

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