American College of the Building Arts

American College of the Building Arts

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Does anyone know where I could purchase a ACBA shirt, or apparel? Thanks!
Had a chance to take in this beautiful view of #Charleston earlier this week from the cupola of the Wentworth Mansion. Made me reflect on how important the mission of the American College of the Building Arts is: equip the next generation of #artisans with the expert skills and broad-based academic knowledge to #preserve and #restore our nation’s #architectural and #historically significant places.
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ACBA educates and trains artisans in the traditional building arts to foster exceptional craftsmanship. The American College of the Building Arts (ACBA) is dedicated to educating the next generation of building artisans and to preserving the building arts in a manner never before seen in America.

Under the direction of our experienced faculty, students have the opportunity to receive a quality liberal arts education while they learn the skills needed to excel in their chosen field. This combination of education, training, and access to highly experienced faculty is available nowhere else in the United States.

Operating as usual

05/06/2021

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Blacksmithing Professor Matt Garton @powertoyourelbow has been a wonderful addition to our talented team of professors. Thank you @wolverineboots for recognizing his hard work!
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#TeacherAppreciationWeek #repost
"Professor Garton is one of the blacksmithing professors at @acba_charleston. I value his knowledge and ability to visually demonstrate which in turn helps push my technical skills. He's taught me a strong worth ethic, reiterating that mistakes happen, however you can always keep working at it to get it right." Alexander I., Blacksmith Student @alex_irwin_iron

We're helping #ThankATeacher this week by giving them 20% at Wolverine.com through IDme at checkout.

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Blacksmithing Professor Matt Garton @powertoyourelbow has been a wonderful addition to our talented team of professors. Thank you @wolverineboots for recognizing his hard work!
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#TeacherAppreciationWeek #repost
"Professor Garton is one of the blacksmithing professors at @acba_charleston. I value his knowledge and ability to visually demonstrate which in turn helps push my technical skills. He's taught me a strong worth ethic, reiterating that mistakes happen, however you can always keep working at it to get it right." Alexander I., Blacksmith Student @alex_irwin_iron

We're helping #ThankATeacher this week by giving them 20% at Wolverine.com through IDme at checkout.

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 05/05/2021

Thank you @wolverineboots for the highlight of our Timber Framing professor, Bruno Sutter and his student @parkersturtz in honor of teacher appreciation week!
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#TeacherAppreciationWeek #repost
"The most important skill I have begun to develop under Prof. Bruno Sutter is the standards I have and am able to set upon myself. He has put countless hours into developing a course that will allow us students to develop our constructive gifts. I look forward to the next few years to follow under his instruction." Parker S., @acba_charleston Student

Help us give a 👏 to all teachers this week, and every week. We're giving them 20% off their Wolverine.com purchase at checkout through ID.me.

Photos from Wolverine Boots & Apparel's post 05/05/2021

Thanks to all of our wonderful Timberframing and Carpentry department professors!! Bruno, Markus, Arnaud and Charlie we appreciate all you do teaching our students and next generation of craftsman!! #acba_charleston #WolverineBoots #timberframing #carpentry #teacherappreciationweek

[05/05/21]   Hard to believe the school year has come to an end and graduation is next week!! So proud of our seniors, cheers to the class of 2021!! #acba_charleston #collegegraduation

Photos from Wolverine Boots & Apparel's post 05/04/2021

Thanks to all of our amazing Professors at the American College of the Building Arts!! We know you work hard to help our amazing and talented students become the best they can be to go out into the real world and have successful careers!! #acba_charleston #WolverineBoots

05/03/2021

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!Thank you @wolverineboots for highlighting Markus Damwerth, our architectural carpentry professor. He is not only a talented professor, but an incredibly kind and caring person. Thank you for everything you do for the students of ACBA!

#repost #TeacherAppreciationWeek is here, so we're recognizing those trade school teachers that are building the next generation of skilled workers all week.

Markus D. teaches Carpentry at @acba_charleston, and said his favorite part about the craft is that "it's not only about providing shelter, but creating a place that helps one 'feel at home.' A perfectly designed place leads to a better life no matter whether it's sophisticated or simple, expensive or affordable, rural or urban. It has to serve the individual who is living there."

As a thank you to Markus and all the teachers out there, we're offering 20% off for Teachers at checkout using ID.me on Wolverine.com. #ThankATeacher

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!Thank you @wolverineboots for highlighting Markus Damwerth, our architectural carpentry professor. He is not only a talented professor, but an incredibly kind and caring person. Thank you for everything you do for the students of ACBA!

#repost #TeacherAppreciationWeek is here, so we're recognizing those trade school teachers that are building the next generation of skilled workers all week.

Markus D. teaches Carpentry at @acba_charleston, and said his favorite part about the craft is that "it's not only about providing shelter, but creating a place that helps one 'feel at home.' A perfectly designed place leads to a better life no matter whether it's sophisticated or simple, expensive or affordable, rural or urban. It has to serve the individual who is living there."

As a thank you to Markus and all the teachers out there, we're offering 20% off for Teachers at checkout using ID.me on Wolverine.com. #ThankATeacher

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 05/03/2021

We have the most talented students at the American College of the Building Arts!!!

Joe did a great job doing the inlay and carving of the ACBA logo on the benches his fellow classmates made that were paid for by a donor, and will be put at a local bus stations!! #acba_charleston #carpentry #woodbench #collegeproject

05/03/2021

We have the most talented students at the American College of the Building Arts!!! Joe and his fellow classmates did an amazing job on this bench that was paid for by a donor, and will be put at a local bus station!! #acba_charleston #carpentry #woodbench #collegeproject

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 04/30/2021

#repost from @c.rae.butler

Presentation day for the sophomores preservation class, unveiling their research findings, condition assessments, and remediation plans for 123 Bull Street- built in 1848 by Lewis Rebb, purchased by Avery Normal school and used as student and faculty housing from the 1860s to the 1950s, and now part of @collegeofcharleston campus. They did an awesome job! #avery #cofc #antebellum #preservation #charleston #harleston #oldhouses

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 04/28/2021

Junior stone carver, Cameron Hawkins @shadowsgrimm, just completed his Art Deco Grotesque project. Cameron spent most of this semester working on this piece and has put roughly a hundred hours worth of work into it. His professor, Joseph Kincannon, is impressed by Cameron’s ability to maintain the symmetry of the face and the rate at which he masters new skills. #stonecarving #stonecarver #student #acba_charleston

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 04/27/2021

#repost from @the_plumb_and_level_project @samvitez.
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The piece featured in this post is referred to as a pincer link and reaches from the base of the side braces and rises up to finish out on the curved top plate. As seen in the pictures the piece has a couple interesting things going on with it. The first being the piece curves in both plan and elevation. The second being that there is a backing on the lower part of the pincer link. The backing is derived from the intersection of the front elevation curve and the side elevation curve. Despite this being my first real attempt with doing curved compound work my understanding of the concepts seems to be pretty fair. Certainly not perfect but things are looking pretty good. At the moment I’m working on the final two pieces to make up the opposing pincer link.
#timberframing #woodtrade #capstoneproject #acba_charleston

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 04/23/2021

Student work from the plaster shop• Courtesy of @seamonkey_princess.
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Set my molding with fiberglass bits and burlap strings to hold this fragile piece together. Trying gold leafing. First time ever and I’m pleased with the results #plaster #goldleafing #plastering #egganddart @acba_charleston

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 04/23/2021

The students are busy at work remodeling the inside of the historic Old Powder Magazine. They have finished with the planning, draing and cutlist and already cut the plywood. Stay tuned for updates
on the project!! #acba_charleston #carpentry

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 04/22/2021

Day 2: The junior Timber Framers completed this 28’ x 16’ pavilion yesterday.
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#timberframeraising #timberframe #woodtrade #students #itsabeaut #acba_charleston

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 04/21/2021

Day 1: Junior Timber Framers working on the a 28’ x16' pavilion that was cut by their class during their sophomore year.
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#timberframe #timberframeraising #woodtrade #students #acba_charleston

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 04/21/2021

A POSITIVE STORY: I love giving tours at ACBA! A couple stopped by one day that was in town visiting a family member. They were curious about the college and I was happy to show them around since he loved doing woodwork. Small world, they are from the same area of Virginia where I grew up!!

When they were done with the tour I was telling them about our beautiful iron work that was for sale that students make and they purchased a piece.

A few weeks later much to my surprise I received a text message of what he had made below!!! And he asked to purchase another piece of iron art to make another smaller table!!!

So many creative people, what a wonderful idea!!! #acba_charleston #iron #irontable #blacksmithing

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 04/19/2021

We had another wonderful American College of the Building Arts OPEN HOUSE this past weekend!! If you’ve got a child, student or are looking to go back to school please reach out and we are happy to set up a tour and answer any questions!! #acba_charleston #architecture #Classicalarchitecture #iron #blacksmithing #plaster #plasterart #stone #stonecarving #timberframing #timber #carpentry #woodjoinery #collegelife #CollegeOpenHouse

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 04/19/2021

We just received two new books donated to the ACBA Library for the Jefferson Collection!!

BOOK 1:
Traité d'Architecture avec des Remarques et des Observations Tres-Utiles Pour les Jeunes Gens, qui Veulent s'appliquer à ce bel Art by Sebastien Le Clerc, 1714

Sebastien Le Clerc was a French designer and engraver, and also served as the professor of perspective at the Academie Royale de Peinture . In addition to providing the engraved plates for a number of books, he authored several books on architecture, geometry, and design.

BOOK 2:
Rules for Drawing the Several Parts of Architecture, in a More Exact and Easy Manner than has Been Heretofore Practised, by Which All Fractions, in Dividing the Principal Members and their Parts, are Avoided by James Gibbs, 1738

Regarded as one of the finest architects of his time, Scottish born James Gibbs trained as an architect in Rome and Holland. While in England he built numerous buildings of note, including St.-Martin-in-the-Fields, St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London, the Radcliffe Library and the Gothic quadrangle at All Soul's at Oxford, and the King's College Library and the Senate House at Cambridge. He also constructed numerous private homes throughout England and Scotland. His Rules for Drawing the Several Parts of Architecture is just one of his books written on architecture.

- Mr. Morgan Kinder, Director of Library Services at ACBA
#acba_charleston #architecture #Classicalarchitecture #library #architect #dovetail #dovetailjoint #rarebooks

Photos from Kilted Forge Studio's post 04/18/2021

Our students do such amazing work!! Congratulations on a beautiful bench Kyle, you’re going to be doing great things when you graduate!!! #acba_charleston #blacksmithing #ironbench #bench #sweetbriarcollege #collegeproject #iron #memorialbench

04/16/2021

Capstone update from• @jvjisa_jsquareddesigns.
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Round N Round N Round they go! Making the first pass on the column capital and base collars before profiling them. Getting close to completed columns!
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#carpenter #carpentry #millwork #columns #colonnade #greekarchitecture #classicalarchitecture #student #artisan #artistoninstagram #charleston @acba_charleston

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 04/14/2021

The Classical Architecture and Design department spent the afternoon studying and drawing the Greek types in the 1840 Greek Revival synagogue, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim in the Old and Historic District. A special thank you to Stephen Ziff for opening the grounds to our students.
#classicalarchitecture #design #greekrevivalarchitecture #drawing #students #acba_charleston #architecture #classicarchitecture #collegelife #collegefieldtrip #Charleston #historicalbuilding

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 04/14/2021

Just got off a wonderful virtual class meeting with students at the NewSchool of Architecture & Design in California that asked to work with the American College of the Building Arts for their “Spring Term Project” to come up with a Marketing Plan. I’m excited to see what they come up with!! #acba_charleston #collegeproject #marketingstrategy #marketingdigital #marketing

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 04/13/2021

#repost @chucksdust
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Kumiko in full swing with the students working on personal designs @acba_charleston #acbacharleston #kumiko #teacherlife #funfurniture

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 04/11/2021

Executive Director Debbie Slaven of Second Chance Jobs, used one of the classrooms at ACBA to work with some of her apprentices on building the foundation skills for their upcoming job interviews.

After they were done working I had the opportunity to take them on a tour and they loved learning about what our students were working on!!! #acba_charleston #collegelife #secondchancejobs #iron #blacksmithing #stone #stonecarving #timberframing #carpentry #architecture #classicarchitecture #collegeprojects #plaster

04/10/2021

On National Hug Your Dog Day, we had Mallory (a Senior at ACBA) hug her beautiful dog she hand carved named Sadie!! #acba_charleston #nationalhugyourdogday #stone #stonegog #stonecarving

On National Hug Your Dog Day, we had Mallory (a Senior at ACBA) hug her beautiful dog she hand carved named Sadie!! #acba_charleston #nationalhugyourdogday #stone #stonegog #stonecarving

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 04/10/2021

First year blacksmithing student @reillycraftworks designed and created this doorknocker with instruction from Professor Garton @powertoyourelbow.

#blacksmith #blacksmithing #doorknocker #knockknock #forged #metal #acba_charleston

acba_charleston on TikTok 04/08/2021

acba_charleston on TikTok

This Chandelier was designed and crafted over 8 weeks by second year blacksmithing student @alex_irwin_iron.

The fixture is made up of 159 individual pieces forge welded or mechanically connected to create this Art Nouveau inspired chandelier.

#blacksmithing #blacksmith #chandelier #lighting #mica #artnouveau #acba_charleston #studentproject

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acba_charleston on TikTok Art nouveau chandelier design and crafted by second-year blacksmithing student, Alex Irwin #morph #blacksmith #blacksmithtiktok #artnouveau

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 04/08/2021

This Chandelier was designed and crafted over 8 weeks by second year blacksmithing student @alex_irwin_iron.

It measures 51” in the long axis and 40” along the short axis and is 51” from bottom to the point it meets the ceiling. It has a central oval bowl with mica panels and four perpendicular arms that sweep down from the ceiling point with multiple organic curved elements that curve around four spherical glass globes.

The fixture is made up of 159 individual pieces forge welded or mechanically connected to create this Art Nouveau inspired chandelier.

#blacksmithing #blacksmith #chandelier #lighting #mica #artnouveau #acba_charleston #studentproject #alexirwin

Photos from American College of the Building Arts's post 04/07/2021

Second year wood students worked together to build a winder staircase model. They have one more full-scale set to build before the end of the semester.
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#woodtrade #stairs #staircases #timberframing #architecturalcarpentry #sophmoreyear #acba_charleston

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