Too often in our society fathers tend to spend more time teaching their sons how to think in a so-called “handy” way.
As instructor and owner of The Belvedere School, Bob Yapp says, “This is really unfortunate. In truth, when women are given the opportunity to learn this way of thinking, their skills almost always exceed men’s. Our goal for this class is not to discriminate against men, they’re just not invited.”
You will be a part of a team of interesting and interested women learning a variety of old house maintenance skills at the school’s headquarters, the historic Lamb-Munger Mansion in the Central Park National Historic District in Hannibal, Missouri.
This is a tuition-based class with a limit of 8 students. You will be working side-by-side all two days with instructor Bob Yapp.
Bob is nationally recognized as one of the top experts in hands-on preservation and has been involved in the restoration or rehabilitation of over 160 historic properties. He has taught women preservation construction skills at the high school, community college and university level for over 25 years.
This will be a fun, learn-by-doing opportunity. The class is designed to give you the hands-on skills needed to properly perform many of the basic maintenance tasks any old or historic house needs. At a bare minimum you’ll know the quality standard to expect from others doing the work & what it should cost.
Subjects include: tool identification; construction terminology; tool identification & usage; plumbing repairs; window repair; repairing rotted wood; re-pointing brick and stone; wood floor repair & restoration; how to find a contractor you can actually work with.
At the conclusion of the workshop you will know, with confidence, how do take better care of your old house. At the end of the workshop you will receive a “Certificate of Completion” & a thumb drive of backup information.
Beginners to moderately skilled women of all ages are encouraged to enroll. Professionals, homeowners, small contractors, preservation staff, preservation commission members, students, historic building owners and stay-home-moms will all benefit from this hands-on, traditional training event.
Tuition for this two-day workshop is $375 and includes beverages and lunch. Space is limited to 8 students in each session and pre-registration is encouraged to retain a spot in the class.
Now for the COVID part of this workshop. It is nearly impossible to keep 6 feet separation during class. We can keep separation at lunch and on the huge porch in the evenings. As such, I am requiring every student to bring their personal COVID mask and wear it during class. I know it’s a pain, but there is no reason for us to put each other at risk. Sort of the new reality in the world. We were spotless before, but now we have serious COVID cleaning protocols for the Inn and the School, also for your safety. And of course, if you’re not feeling well, please do not come.
Inexpensive motels as well as bed & breakfast inns are available for out of town students. Special rates for students are available at our Belvedere Inn B & B. For more information on a room at the Belvedere Inn B & B call Pat Yapp, 217-799-6086 or firstname.lastname@example.org