Some professionals – accountants, lawyers, doctors – are required to attend continuing education classes yearly, to keep their practices current and top-notch.
While the same mandate doesn’t exist for wallcovering installers, H.J. Holtz & Son makes sure its lead wallcovering installers have the opportunity to sharpen their skills at the annual Wallcovering Installers Association international conference.
This year’s conference, held in Denver, September 13-15, attracted wallcovering professionals from not only the United States but nations including Australia, Canada and Japan, to name a few. Holtz’s team included Jeff Ragland, Shane Legano and James Draine, who were able to attend education sessions, and meet with vendors and others working in the field, to share – and learn – information.
And for Ragland, to receive an award: second place in the Specialty Category for a project at the historic Taylor House on Hollywood Plantation in Arkansas. The late-19th century house, now owned by the University of Arkansas, is a log house in the dogtrot style, with a straight central hall running from front to back.
Ragland partnered with Historic Wallpaper Specialties, a restoration company in Tennessee, on a project for the lower level of the house. To return the home to its earlier appearance, fabric was stretched over the logs and then overlaid with wallpaper, as would have been done at the time. “You can pluck it,” Ragland says. “It sounds like a drum.”