Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic properties

The United States Department of the Interior is the federal executive department responsible for the management and conservation of most federal land, including the National Park Service.

The National Register of Historic Places( is a list of federally recognized historic places (70% structures) administered by NPS. In 1978 the standards for the treatment of an historic propriety were introduced by the Secretary of interior. They have since been updated and added to. The standard we created to promote responsible preservation practices. The four treatment approaches, catogorized by the DOI, are preservation, rehabilitation, conservation and reconstruction. Within the treatments are the standards and guidelines to guide a project. Read more about the four treatments and their standards at .The NPS has a extensive, and some what spread out, site(s) pertaining to historic preservation, technical preservation services and the national register. They offer online classes on how identify elements on a historic building that give it unique character, as well as checklist and photos. All this is just in the preservation portion of the NPS site, not to mention the history and the parks. You could be here all day.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Timber Heritage Association

The Timber Heritage Association was started to create awareness and appreciation for logging and railroads and their impact on the settlement and development of Humboldt County. The association hope to create a museum and restore many of their timber artifacts and trains. The machines and locomotives they have is amazing! The staff is all dedicated volunteers who work very hard and are dedicated to this piece of Humboldt County's rich history.
They have many upcoming events, including Dolbeer Donkey Days, April 24th and 25th at Fort Humboldt. Check out they website for other events, history and how you can help. (They also have a virtual museum)

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

picture of the day

This is the Carson Mansion, otherwise know as the Ingomar Club. In our Building Analysis Class, this semester, we have got a chance to go inside and really see how this historic structure was built. It has been amazing to crawl around and discover this building. Check out this mansion interesting history.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Stain Glass Lamp Repair- Part 2

This is the conclusion of the March 31st post.

To this point I had a vague idea of what I was doing or at least a lot of advise. I had the glass cut to size, and my mold was made, now I had to slump it. As I said before there was no kiln at school, so I started calling around to glass shop in the area (Humboldt County has quite a few). I found a ceramic and glass studio and school where I could take a glass slumping class and use their kiln for my project. I found out in my class at Fire Arts Center, (, that the glass might slump further than I expected, so my mold was too small. However, instead of making a new one, we used a kiln fiber paper that you can form to your mold and it won't burn away in the high heat of the kiln.
(Here is the cut glass on the mold, placed for slumping.)
(The original glass is in the background, and the new in the foreground.)

The kiln fiber paper (shown here) acted as a little shelf, making the mold bigger. The glass was then laid on the mold and paper and slumped in the kiln. Different glass slump at different temperatures, which you can usually find out from the manufacturer of the glass.

Here is on of the two finished lamp panels. All that is left is to fit it back into the lamp shade. Even if the panel is not an exact fit, it can be ground to fit. The most important aspect of this project is that it be the correct curve for the shade. We will know is a few month when i return home and try it. Wish me luck!