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William Burns

Carpenter / Preservation Carpenter

William J. Burns is a June 2011 graduate of North Bennet Street School’s Preservation Carpentry program in Boston, MA. He has worked on many projects including window restoration at the Old State House in Boston, MA and completed many other restoration projects at five Shaker Villages across New York and the New England states. He spent two summers at the Mount Lebanon Shaker Village working exclusively on the 1829 Brethrens’ Workshop.He has volunteered with the Historic Albany Foundation, Colonie Historical Society, Friends of Pruyn House, Shaker Heritage Society, and Cambridge (MA) Historical Society.After years of careful research, William discovered a Shaker tenant farmhouse in Loudonville, New York. Previously unknown by local historians and Shaker preservationists, it has since been identified as a significant part of the Watervliet Shaker Village, America’s first Shaker settlement.William was the preservation carpenter at Canterbury Shaker Village in Canterbury, NH recently for over a year and is now on the ACC team.

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General ToolSmart Video Inspection Camera

By William Burns

General ToolSmart Video Inspection Camera with WiFi TS03 In our renovation and remodeling work we come across challenges that would delay our projects. Delays happen and if not for are tools that allow us to see what is inside a wall or cavity, they would happen more frequently. Whether it’s evaluating the cleanliness of an…

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RaceDeck Garage Floors

By William Burns

RaceDeck Custom Designed Floor Are you looking for a unique way to bring a state of the art design to your garage? We recently took a look at RaceDeck Garage Floor’s custom floor system. RaceDeck is an interlocking floor system that is made in the USA. Tiles come in a wide variety of colors, patterns, and sizes, which…

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Making A Red Cedar Candle Holder

By William Burns

Turning Red Cedar on a Lathe It’s a creative talent to take a piece of wood from its rough shape and literally turn it into a piece of art in 30 minutes. I have been using a lathe for the last four years, on and off, and mostly have turned out random candle holders, Shaker…

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DEWALT Variable Speed Jigsaw DW331K

By William Burns

Tool Review of the DeWalt Variable Speed Jigsaw DW331K.

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Kershaw Thermite 3880

By William Burns

Written By Billy Burns Kershaw Thermite 3880 Knife Review Some basic principles that I think a knife should have are weight proportions, feels safe in the hands with long usage, and of all, cut accurately and quickly. As this is my first Kershaw knife I’ve used, it impressed me with of how well it performed…

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