Workshop : Linseed Oil Paint Systems with Hans and Sonja Allbäck

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Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site

5925 Highway 9

Saint Andrews, MB R1A 4A8

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An in-depth workshop on linseed oil paint systems with Hans and Sonja Allbäck at the picturesque Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site.

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Cost

Workshops:

  • $125 per person – 1-day Intro to Linseed Oil Paint, or
  • $275 per person – 2-day Advanced Linseed Oil Paint Hands-on, or
  • $425 per person – 3-day Linseed Oil Paint Technical Deep Dive

Add-ons:

  • $20 per person per day – Option to pre-purchase food and beverage during participation.

Dates and Duration

Registrants can choose to attend either:

  • October 17, 2019 (i.e., One day introduction/refresher session)
  • October 17+18, 2019 (i.e., Advanced & more technical ‘hands-on’ sessions)
  • October 17+18+19, 2019 (i.e., Advanced & more technical ‘hands-on’ & surfaces beyond windows)

Where

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada, St. Andrews, Manitoba

Overview

The October 17th session is an introduction to linseed oil paint; its history, qualities, and application.

The October 18-19th portion has been designed as a deeper look into linseed oil paint systems, with much more time allocated for ‘hands-on’ practice, and discussions with Hans and Sonja Allbäck offering opportunities to learn from their nearly 40-year experience in the heritage restoration field in Europe, from their research and development of their WindowCraft restoration techniques, to their development of pure linseed oil paint products, to the adoption of their methods and products by the National Heritage Boards of several European countries who now use the Allbäck approach as the basis for specifications for linseed oil paint. Canadian projects will also be discussed and a second more-detailed walking tour of Lower Fort Garry (including the recently completed projects using linseed oil paint systems) is planned.

Target Audience

The October 17th session has been designed for persons working on heritage sites and projects. The October 17th session is open to persons working on and managing heritage places, be they in the federal/provincial/municipal governments, the NHS community, the contracting & consulting community and/or planners, maintenance staff, site and program managers/officers, project managers/officers, design professionals, etc.

Note: the October 17th session is open National Trust Conference registrants, who should sign-up via the National Trust Conference website.

October 18-19th has been tailored to the needs of craftspersons and maintenance workers working on heritage places, and project managers, and design professionals who specify and inspect work. That said, if others are interested in attending, they are most welcome!

Curriculum

The October 17th session will cover (but may not be limited to):

  • Comparison of modern paint systems vrs linseed oil paint systems;
  • Guidance on how to prepare a linseed oil paint project;
  • An overview of window restoration projects using linseed oil paints, in Canada and abroad;
  • Service life and maintenance planning;
  • Dos and don’ts;
  • Troubleshooting;

including some “hands-on” experience, using restoration equipment and applying linseed putty and paints, and a walking-tour of Lower Fort Garry NHSC.

October 18-19th will generally cover the same topics as the October 17th session, giving much more time and detail to each topic, and to the maximum extent possible:

  • more demonstrations of technique,
  • more ‘hands-on’ practical exercises, and
  • more time to discuss linseed oil matters with Hans and Sonja Allbäck:

Canadian projects will also be discussed and a 2nd more-detailed and expansive walking tour of Lower Fort Garry (incl. recently completed projects using linseed oil paint systems) is planned.

Biographies of Hans and Sonja Allbäck

Founders of Allbäck Windowcraft Education and Allbäck Linoljeprodukter AB.

Hans and Sonja Allbäck are the founders of Allbäck Windowcraft Education and Allbäck Linoljeprodukter AB in Ystad, Sweden. They have been at the forefront of reviving traditional knowledge and practices of building restoration and conservation since the early 1980s. In their work, Hans and Sonja have been guided by a couple of simple goals: to work professionally in building conservation without being ill, and to work in harmony with the laws of nature surrounded by their family.

Together, Hans and Sonja have developed the profession of Windowcraft that has gradually spread throughout Europe. Since 1982, through their own project documentation, product development, and education, they have worked to share and promote their innovations. Since 1985 they have run a private school for building care that focuses on the restoration of windows and doors. They have trained more than 250 professional craftspeople from all over Europe, and from 1998, they have also run Allbäck Linoljeprodukter AB, a company committed to developing a whole new generation of high- quality linseed oil products that are high-performance, eco-friendly, beautiful, and cost-effective.

Hans and Sonja have a body of research published in the Journal of Architectural Conservation, and are highly sought-after consultants, working on many of the highest profile projects in Europe, including Palace of Versailles. They now find themselves at the forefront of the sustainable building movement, achieving recognition as the only linseed oil paint company in Sweden with the highest environmental classification. As such, they were invited to represent Sweden at the 2015 UN Summit on Climate Change in Paris.

Allbäck's work has spread around the world, including Canada, where their practices and materials are being used on many restoration and conservation projects of cultural significance.

The Host Site

Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site of Canada is a former fur trade post, once the most extensive in western Canada.

Situated near Winnipeg, Manitoba, 30 km. upstream from the junction of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers, this 85-acre site encompasses a four-acre Hudson’s Bay Company fort comprised of several buildings within a stone wall, a number of restored and reconstructed buildings outside the walls, as well as a portion of the camping sites of over 2,000 Ojibway and Swampy Cree people who attended the signing of Treaty 1.

The designation refers to this cultural landscape in its entirety.

It is now operated by Parks Canada as a historic site open for public visitation.

Photos of Lower Fort Garry used with permission for the purposes of informing this event.

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Lower Fort Garry National Historic Site

5925 Highway 9

Saint Andrews, MB R1A 4A8

Canada

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