Deerfield, Mass. (March 28, 2017) --- The building framing technology used in New England to the mid-19th century is the focus of the upcoming symposium, Before the 2'x4': New England Framing Options to the Mid-19th Century, at Historic Deerfield.  Geared towards both professionals practicing in all aspects of the preservation field as well as owners of historic structures, the symposium will be held on Saturday, July 15, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Deerfield Community Center, 16 Memorial Street, Deerfield, Massachusetts.
The symposium will feature lectures and presentations from notable speakers on the topic of framing, looking at the variety of ways to erect a structure that were practiced in New England, based on local tradition, expediency, efficiency, and technology.  The speakers include Tad Baker exploring archaeological and documentary evidence for early earthfast structures; Jim Garvin reviewing myths and facts surrounding log and garrison construction; Jack Sobondiscussing the move from scribe to square rule framing; Jan Lewandoski assessing vertical plank framing evolution; and Bill Flynt talking about the introduction of stack plank, or ribbon construction, in the second quarter of the 19th century. There will also be an opportunity to inspect samples of some of these forms of construction at a reception after the presentations.
Registration for Historic Deerfield's Before the 2'x4': New England Framing Options to the Mid-19th Century is $85 per person ($75 for Historic Deerfield members) with an optional box lunch available for purchase. To view the complete schedule and to register online, visit 
www.historic-deerfield.org/nef or contact Julie Orvis at (413) 775-7179 to register by telephone.

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