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The Chance of Ten Lifetimes – Restoring Notre Dame de Paris

Hybrid Event
March 6: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

After the catastrophic fire of 2019, Carpenters Without Borders was instrumental in convincing the French government to re-build “a l’identique.” Remy and Loïc Desmonts, passionate father and son members of CSF, won the contract to rebuild the roof above the Nave and invited a number of American and English carpenters to join their family company in that work. Josh Jackson had the good fortune to be among them and spent six months immersed in both the wonderful culture of Normandy and its extraordinary tradition of timber framing.

Photo by Josh Jackson.

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About the Presenter

Josh Jackson received his BSME from Yale in 1989 and promptly bicycled across country to San Francisco where he worked for Pacific Gas & Electric on energy conservation. A desire to bring head, hands and heart together led Josh to Heartwood School in Massachusetts where he fell in love with timber framing and ecological building. In 2005 Josh co-founded TimberHomes Vermont, now a worker cooperative, specializing in timber framing. In 2019 Josh went to France with his wife and sons for a year-long sabbatical which turned into four years, culminating in the chance to participate in the rebuilding of Notre Dame.


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March 6
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St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
1171 Main St
St Johnsbury, VT 05819 United States
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Vermont Humanities
(802) 262-2626