Joinery is – in difference to carpentry and masonry – a topic which is on the first view not predestined for volunteer work in groups: Joinery works are mostly linked to the use of machines what brings certain security limitations, they have smaller dimensions and are therefore not so appropriate for a common working process or enable only a work in very small teams.
Nevertheless there are fields of joiner’s work where volunteers can be easily included – mostly works during the restoration of a building which include beside the joinery itself a certain percentage of deconstruction, transporting, painting or similar components.
European Heritage Volunteers developed during the last years such projects – construction of simple doors, repairing and restoration of windows, flooring and similar. For the future projects in wood carving are planned.
In 2018, European Heritage Volunteers will organise one or two projects dealing with “Joinery at Heritage Sites” that will be published till end of Febuary.
For your orientatiion in the meantime find below the description of the comparable projects that took place in 2017:
Both projects took place at Lohra Castle, Thuringia, one of the largest castles of Middle Germany with more than 1,000 years history. The ensemble consists of almost twenty buildings from the 11th to the 20th centuries, among them one of the very rare Romanesque double chapels, a manor house from the Renaissance period as well as stables and granaries from the 19th and the early 20th centuries.
The participants of the first project worked at the gable of a newly erected roof construction covering a building from the 12th century. Under the professional guidance of an experienced joiner they constructed a supporting construction and face the gable with wooden planks in a traditional way to protect the roof construction and the underlying walls of the medieval building against rain.
The participants of the second project worked at two historical granaries from the 19th and early 20th centuries. These granaries that had been restored in the past and are nowadays used for various cultural activities are both accessible from a common vestibule with historical flooring. Because of their age the planks were partly damaged and had to be renewed. Under the professional guidance of a joiner the volunteers removed the old flooring and boarded the floor while using those original deal boards which are reusable and complementing them with new ones.