Windy Hill Restorations

Woodworking and Masonry for
Historic Structures

Who We Are

          Richard D. Strunk is the founder and principal craftsman of Windy Hill Restorations.  He earned a B.A. in Anthropology with concentrations in both archeology and history from SUNY Albany.  He worked for more than 6 years as an historic archeologist and served as Project Director for field & lab staff during several large archeological investigations.      He attended Kirby Studios in Bennington, Vermont where he received professional instruction in both cabinetmaking and restoration of antique furniture.  During this time he painstakingly repaired many types of antiques utilizing his restoration skills.  
    Rich has been involved with historic structures for the past 30 years and has
attended numerous courses and seminars taught by experts in historic construction techniques at Eastfield Village.  
  He has an extensive knowledge of 18th and 19th century American material culture to assist you in your restoration project.
  In 2006, he was invited to speak at a Symposium on American Glass at Eastfield Village in East Nassau, NY.  
    Rich has recently finished the coursework and test for the NY State Home Inspector's Liscense.  This continuing education gives an added dimension to any consulting he conducts.


 Frank P. Swartwout has an eye for the design and adaptive reuse of historic structures and landscaping.  He has also attended historic restoration courses at Eastfield Village.  Frank operates a horse and goat-breeding farm that was created from a diverse group of historic structures that he disassembled and re-erected over the past 25 years.  This experience has given him insight into the needs of 21st century livestock farming so as to efficiently utilize historic barns or outbuildings.  Frank has a collection of vintage stringed instruments and plays historic music with the 77th NY Regimental Balladeers.  


Lori B. Strunk earned a B.A. in Anthropology with second fields in Classical Archaeology and Art History from SUNY Albany.  She has also attended courses at Eastfield Village.  For several years, she worked as a contract archeologist and architectural historian for the Natural Heritage Trust, the NY State Museum and a private consulting firm.  Her last public position was as a Historic Preservation Program Assistant for the NY State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).  For the past 20 years, she has owned and operated Windy Hill Antiques.  Lori is in charge of the WHR office and assists with on-site inspections and the writing of project proposals.




Our Crew

Matt Cook
Matt has been with us for 9 years.  He is crew foreman and is very experienced in all aspects of timber framing.  He is also supervises at our other operations including masonry & architectural salvage.  Matt is able to plan, prepare and execute complex restoration projects.

Timothy Hart 
    Tim has been with us for 7 years.  He is a highly motived leader and can organize a team conducting multiple  tasks.  He supervises jacking and leveling large structures and  is also proficient at laying stone walls.

Nick Sweet 
    Nick has been with us for 6  years.  He has become very competent at timber frame construction and repairs.    

Terry Leroy
    Terry has been with us for 3 years.  He is Rich's assistant in doing complex molding and trim repairs

Bill Hoyer
    Bill has been with us for 2 years.  He is a motivated worker and is proficient at stone and concrete masonry.

Bill Hoyer

Matt Cook using the Mafell chain mortiser to fabricate replacement beams for a large barn project.