Traditional Building Skills Institute



The TBSI workshops are under the stewardship of the Construction Management program and the Art Department.  There is also an internship for any qualified Snow College student to get hands-on experience with historic preservation at the National Park Service’s Western Center for Historic Preservation.


TBSI Workshops
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TBSI Leadership:

TBSI Workshops - Construction Management 

Don Saltzman
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Doug Johnson
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NPS Western Center for Historic Preservation Internship 

Mike Brenchley
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TBSI Workshops - Art Department 

Scott Allred
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Wood Carving
Stone Carving
Tile Painting
Stained Glass



TBSI Instructors:

Traditional Blacksmithing 
Workshop Expert Instructor:
Gerald Cooper

Gerald Cooper's ability to create functional yet decorative items is outstanding. The skill level he brings to the TBSI Blacksmithing Workshop is exceptional. Both the novice and expert can gain new levels of workmanship by participating in these workshops. Gerald teaches Blacksmithing at UBACT.
Mr. Cooper may be contacted at (435) 722-6950, email is:  

Furniture Finishing and Conservation
Workshop Expert Instructor:
Carl V. Timm

Carl V. Timm was born in Newark, New Jersey, where he lived until the age of eight. He then moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he found his true home surrounded by the Wasatch Mountains. After studying fine arts at the University of Utah, he worked as an apprentice for a Swiss cabinet maker. He then worked for two years as an antique furniture refinisher for a custom furniture shop before starting his own business. He opened a custom furniture refinishing shop, Vintage Arts, in 1967.

In 2005, Carl turned Vintage Arts over to his two sons, Craig Timm (who operates Vintage Arts) and Chris Timm (who founded C. Timm Custom Furniture in 2005).

Carl has taught historical finishing classes for the University of Utah's Department of Continuing Education and the Utah State Historical Society.

During his 38 successful years owning and operating Vintage Arts, Carl's clients included the following:

  • The LDS Church (including Lion House and LDS Administration Building fine furniture)
  • The Utah State Historical Society (including antique furniture for the Governor's mansion)
  • The University of Utah (including furniture for the Eccles residence)
  • Utah State University (including furniture restoration in the Old Main Building)
  • Several LDS Temples (including Manti, Washington, and Salt Lake Temples)
  • Countless private clients and interior decorators
Windsor Chair Making
Workshop Expert Instructor:
Jock Jones

Jock, trained in the art of Windsor chair design and construction, is a master chair builder who loves the American Windsor as "the most graceful, beautiful and durable style of colonial furniture ever developed." He says the American Windsor chairs are recognized as the epitome of the chair maker's art being comfortable, strong, lightweight and timeless. chairs require both green and dry hardwoods that do not grow in the West.
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Wood Furniture I
Workshop Expert Instructor:
Dale Peel

Dale Peel refined his skills while working in a shop affiliated with Claremont Graduate University maintaining furniture collections and producing new items. After returning to Mt. Pleasant, Utah, in 1990 Dale established Peel Furniture Works. The business focuses on recreating regional furniture (Mormon fine furniture) using the same joinery and native lumber as used by the area’s pioneers.
Dale Peel may be contacted at Peel Furniture Works (435) 462-2887 or at Peel Furniture. 

Wood Furniture II
Workshop Expert Instructor:
Chris Gochnour

Chris Gochnour's passion for woodworking started with the skills he learned while making his own snowboards and skateboards. Twenty-five years later, he builds custom furniture full-time, specializing in wood joinery and the history of furniture design. Mr. Gochnour taught woodworking to sculpture students at the University of Utah and has been a regular guest instructor for Wood Craft Supply in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is also a frequently-published contributor to the magazine "Fine WoodWorking."
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