Ozark Folk School Log Cabin Repair and Restoration Workshop

By Ozark Folk Center State Park (other events)

Tue, Oct 22 2019 12:00 PM Fri, Oct 25 2019 12:00 PM

In this workshop, Joe Gallagher will teach participants to investigate,  repair and maintain log structures. The class will consist of 2 to 3 hours of daily lectures covering these issues and 3 to 4 hours a day of hands on activities. Attendees may bring digital images of their building's problem.

Lecture topics consist of: decay and deterioration causes; hewing, notching and installing logs, appropriate finishes/coatings for log buildings; proper maintenance for log structures; foundations, roofs, and the big picture. Each lecture has a Q and A opportunity.

Log Cabin Repair and Restoration Instructor: Joe Gallagher (

Registration fee of $37.75 is due when you sign up for this class

Class Fee of $200 is due directly to Mr. Gallagher at the beginning of class. Payment (check; money order; purchase order; no credit cards) will be collected the first day of class. Make checks/money orders payable to Heritage Preservation Resources.

All students should bring a tool bag with: one flat bar-super bar-wonder bar (has different names). A pointing trowel (4"-5"); a 25-30' tape measure; one tool box saw; one hammer; note taking equipment.

Students can have a lot more than this but these are minimums. the tool bag can be a bag or bucket.

Registration deadline October 19, 2019

Maximum class size: 15. The class will begin at noon on October 22 and end at noon on October 25 to allow for participant travel time.

Meet your instructor

Mr. Gallagher was born in Philadelphia but has lived all of his adult life in the west. His undergraduate and graduate degrees are in archaeology. Mr. Gallagher was employed by the USDA-Forest Service until his recent retirement. Beginning in 1983, Mr. Gallagher worked with leading architectural conservationists in the restoration of numerous 19th and  20th century cabins, barns, forts and buildings. Mr. Gallagher is the principal in Heritage Preservation Resources and has restored, repaired or assessed over 400 log and timber structures, most eligible for the National Register, many listed on the National Register and some listed as National Landmarks. Mr. Gallagher was a member of the National Trust’s Mississippi Valley flood assessment team; a Master Performer for the US Forest Service; an instructor at Snow College and the Campbell Center; and the recipient of numerous awards related to his conservation work. He is a licensed general contractor. He is currently working with building owners/managers in Idaho, Illinois and Utah. More of his work can be viewed at: