Home and business owners with older properties will be able to learn a new DIY skill this Saturday when the city hosts a wood window workshop. There, amateur artisans will have the opportunity to get their hands dirty as they learn how to restore and repair their wood frame windows.

Community Development Director Jessica Scott said the course will be taught by Stacy Taylor from Restor Wood Windows from Oklahoma City. He will be bringing in wood windows for attendees to get some hands-on experience in the restoration process.

“A lot of the older houses and commercial buildings in town have the standard wood frames, so they rot and have issues,” Scott said. “Instead of replacing them, this is going to teach people how to restore them themselves.”

Scott stressed that attendees might get a bit dirty during the process, so she urged everyone to come dressed in clothes they do not mind getting messy. However, she said the end result will be worth the elbow grease. 

“When you leave at the end of the day, you’ll know how to repair your own windows,” Scott said. “There’s a push for vinyl windows because they’re cheaper but nothing says historic like a classic wood window. Some of these old windows have the antique glass and weights and unique ways that they open, so you’d never be able to truly replace them.”

The Wood Window Workshop will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 28 at the HFV Wilson Community Center. The event is free and open to the public and will include a sandwich lunch. To reserve your spot contact Brittany Sweetland at the Community Development Department at (580) 223-3477 by Friday afternoon.