Duffy Hoffman, a third generation craftsman, is the owner of
Hoffman P and R, Inc. Most of his projects over the last 25
years required highly-focused attention to detail and expertise
in paint removal and restoration techniques. These projects have
included the following landmark buildings: The Highlands (Fort
Washington, PA); The Sheldon House (home of John Witherspoon,
signer of the Declaration of Independence, Princeton, NJ); the
Cornwall Iron Furnace (Cornwall, PA); and the Charles Carroll
Manor House (home of another signer of the Declaration of
Independence, Ellicott City, MD).
Duffy has been a workshop leader and presenter at national,
regional, and state paint and restoration shows throughout the
US since 1988. Examples of these shows are: The Painting and
Decorating Contractors Association (PDCA) annual conferences;
the Traditional Building sponsored by Old House Journal annually
and regionally; Historic Home Shows; and the International
Preservation Trades Workshop and Network. The participants of
all these types of sessions are painting and restoration
contractors, craftspeople, and home owners.
Duffy uniquely combines traditional craftsman techniques with
modern technologies. His topics often are window sash
restoration, repairs and millwork fabrication on old buildings.
His style of presentation is to demonstrate actual tools and
techniques and discuss alternative products. His vast experience
as a painter and restoration carpenter allow him to answer the
participants’ questions with detailed knowledge and real-life
examples. Surveys from workshop attendees praise his ease with
presenting to all levels of audiences and his strong
As a result of lead-poisoning of one of his workers in 1995, he
researched and implemented a rigorous program of lead-safe work
practices for all his worksites and workshop. His public
presentations since that time have always emphasized lead-safe
work practices. He participated in an EPA Roundtable in 1998
which began development of the present RRP law. He has been
cited as a painting, historic restoration, and lead-safe work
practices specialist in both newspaper and magazine articles.
Twice he was featured on HGTV’s “Restore America” show.
In 2005, his paint removal expertise and comfort with public led
him to be the featured presenter and demonstrator on 66-minute,
education and training DVD produced by Eco-Strip LLC. The
producer commented about the rare need to reshoot scenes because
Duffy’s presentations were so clear and concise. All viewers
comment that his delivery of lead-safe work practices and paint
removal practices made the topics easily understandable and
reassuring that they could competently plan and perform these
specialized and potentially dangerous practices.
Duffy formalized his years of knowledge and experience in
lead-safe work practices and became a Certified Renovator and
Certified Dust Sampling Technician in early 2010. He recently
completed his own company’s DVD on Window Restoration; he is
presently writing the training manual to accompany this DVD. He
hopes it will set a standard that we all need to save the
disappearing sash in America. Duffy has been developing systems
for sash restoration for 20 years.
Duffy has served as a consultant, project manager and master
craftsman on many historic projects. He relies on his
relationships with other masters of the traditional trades to
provide the complementary services needed for projects and to
broaden his own knowledge and skills. He is now donating his
time to rural America (Youth Build and AmeriCorps) and saving
significant structures in their communities. He has also just
created a new weatherizing machine that slots sash for
weatherizing and it cuts the cost of saving window sash. His
goal is to find the funds to start a school to teach young
people the traditional trades.