CITY OF NEWBURGH – Watching video tutorials or looking for home repair tips online is not enough for SÃ©bastien Aubert.
âI like to learn from people. They tell you their own experiences,â Aubert said. “And it’s cool that they’re ready to share. I appreciate that.”
Aubert is a Frenchman from Brooklyn who moved to Newburgh two years ago. He had his hands full to restore a historic nearly 4,000 square foot Grand Street home he purchased just before the pandemic began.
Aubert wanted advice directly from the experts. He turned to Reggie Young, who offers workshops at his company, Hudson Valley House Parts.
Young, who moved to Newburgh seven years ago, started a business that offers public courses specializing in the restoration and preservation of historic homes. He has extensive knowledge of restoration having spent years building restaurants in New York City and carrying out restoration work on brownstones in Brooklyn and homes in the Hudson Valley.
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Young said he wanted to help create employment opportunities for people living in the city and was drawn to the architecture for which Newburgh is well known.
His store, Hudson Valley House Parts, sells unique decorative and architectural salvage items as well as materials that can be used for projects, such as mortar preservatives, moldings, plaster details, and restoration plasters. .
But it would be difficult to use your inventory without knowing what to do with it. This is one of the reasons Young and his colleagues offer workshops on techniques and materials.
Aubert participated in workshops on window restoration and the use of lime mortar.
âI look forward to another class,â Aubert said. “Actually, the lime mortar, if he does another one on that, I could take it back.”
Classes are generally limited to around 12 people for a more individualized experience. Past workshops have also covered jointing mortar restoration and porch restoration.
âThe techniques aren’t difficult,â Young said. “And to a large extent, the people who take our courses are DIY homeowners.”
He plans to offer a window restoration course in February and create a list of workshops in the spring on new topics. February class dates and information on what’s in store for next year will be announced later, Young said.
Find information on upcoming Hudson Valley House Parts workshops and newsletters at hvhouseparts.com/workshops
No more courses in the middle of the Hudson
Hudson River Maritime Museum: 50 Rondout Landing, Kingston
The museum located along Rondout Creek, a mile and a half from the Hudson River, offers beginner carpentry lessons. Groups or individuals, from young people to adults, can get expert instruction on building items ranging from boats to live-sided wooden tables.
Other do-it-yourself carpentry classes taught participants how to build picture frames, Adirondack chairs, work benches, bookcases, log racks.
They try to limit class sizes to around eight participants per workshop.
The museum provides building materials and tools to participants.
A schedule of courses offered from now through April and registration details can be found at hrmm.org/woodworking under the Boat School tab.
Knot Too Shabby: 923 Main Street, Fishkill
Knot Too Shabby focuses on finishes and creative ways to use color in rooms, on furniture, for decorative touches and more using chalk paint. The store sells Annie Sloan painting books, paintbrushes, stencils, painted furniture, paint and painting wax. According to owner Caryn Morales, it’s the only place in the Hudson Valley that stocks chalk paint from British designer Annie Sloan.
Morales offered in-person and virtual workshops on painting techniques. She said she was trying to reduce class sizes – two to six people – to allow for more personalized instruction.
An introductory painting class will be offered on January 6. Find more information on upcoming workshops and registration at knottooshabbyny.com/collections/workshop.
Board & Brush Creative Studio: 7 West Street, Warwick
This nifty franchise from Warwick offers workshops for both public and private groups. Participants can use the materials provided by the store to create their own decorative wood panels using paint, stencils, stains and other supplies.
Adults can also sample beer or wine which can be purchased at the studio while they craft; BYOB is not allowed, according to the Board and Brush website.
People who register for a workshop must wear a mask to comply with COVID protocols.
Workshops can be scheduled for corporate events, kids ‘or teens’ parties, virtual or in person at the West Street location.
Information on openings and registration is available at boardandbrush.com/warwick.
Bentwood Studio Inc: 130 Miller Hill Road, Carmel
One-to-one lessons at this Putnam County studio are offered by appointment only and range from beginner to expert. Participants can learn how to hand-make tables, chairs, cabinets, and learn to turn bowls and make potted spoons.
Bentwood Studio Inc. is run by master craftsmen father and son Ernie Palmieri and Glenn Palmieri.
The idea, said Ernie Palmieri, is to help students hone their carpentry skills and learn to use tools that will allow them to build their own furniture at their own pace. The Palmieri also want to promote their passion for woodworking as a hobby.
Bentwood offers classes for children and families by appointment with certain age restrictions for young children.
All building materials and equipment are provided by Bentwood, although students may bring their own lumber. The company’s website has information on how to dress safely for class.
Check out the course offerings at bentwoodstudioinc.com/instructional-classes. To schedule a class, email the Palmieri at [email protected] or call 914-227-7898.