Sash & Case Conservation Course - 22nd Mar 2023 to 24th Mar 2023

Are you aged between 16-25 years old and interested in a career in craft joinery skills? A FREE sash & case window conservation training course will be hosted at Lower City Mills in March.

Sash and Case windows, the recognisable timber vertical sliding windows became widespread in Scotland from the late 17th century. Like all things they are subject to fault and decay if not subjected to regular maintenance. For example, wooden frames can rot and the pulley & weight system used to operate them can fail. It is important that the skills needed to maintain and repair them are not lost so that we can continue to protect our traditional buildings for now and into the future.

The course, led by the woodkeeper Jonathan Schiavone will include:

  • Conservation ethos and approach
  • Insight into materials and analysis
  • Practical work on restoring a sash and frame
  • Milling timber parts
  • Glazing and putty techniques (including double glazing)
  • Draft proofing techniques
  • Application of sand mastic
  • Re-roping and re-hanging weights
  • Painting and preservation

There will be a maximum of 6 places on the course, selected on a first come, first served basis. You will be informed by email if your application is successful.

Eligibility – Participants must be between 16-25 years old and interested in a career in craft skills.

Please note – schools participants should fill out a different schools form as the dates for these courses differ.


This project is supported by Historic Environment Scotland and the Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust as part of our Building Skills, Inspiring Futures programme.


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