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Wooden Artifacts Group Conservation Wiki

Welcome to the Wooden Artifacts specialty area of the Conservation Catalog wiki site.


Please consider contributing a small article or images to the WAG Wiki about subjects that you think are of interest to other WAG members. It can be works in progress, even incomplete articles.


Ideas and contributions can be sent to r.deurenberg@fallonwilkinson.com or you can become a direct wiki contributor!

--RDeurenbergWilkinson, November 2, 2015 (UTC)

Contents

What is furniture conservation

History/ Styles

Materials

Wooden artifacts are often made up of a variation of materials, besides wood. Seating furniture is an excellent example, having many upholstery materials and metal fasteners.

Wood

Wood anatomy/ Wood identification

Chemical properties

Mechanical properties

Water and wood

Wood composite materials

Deterioration of wood

Upholstery

Woven seats

Multilayered upholstery

Support materials (webbing, springs)

Fill materials (horsehair, grass)

Show covers

Metal fasteners and attachments

Nails and screws

Functional hardware (Hinges, locks, casters)

Decorative hardware (Corner brackets, drawer pulls, galleries, etc)

Finishes

Unfinished

Clear finishes

Painted finishes

Japanning

Gilding

Other Materials

Baleen

Horn

Ivory

Feathers

Construction/ Joinery

Tools and Techniques (tool marks)

Wood harvesting

Conservation

General observations on the conservation of wooden artifacts can be made here, while more detailed discussions follow in the links below.

Studio, Tools and Equipment

Workbench

Hand tools

Power tools

Clamping

Finishing

Materials

Animal glue

Shellac

Carbon Fiber

Techniques

Structural treatment

Shrinkage

Warped Wood

Loose joinery

Veneer, marquetry

Consolidation

Loss compensation

Other decoration (Carving, turning)

Loss compensation

Gilding

Cleaning

Loss compensation

Finishes

Cleaning

Touch up

Brightening

Patination

Removal

On-site work

Ethics and Legal Issues

This section currently contains handouts and links, related to a presentation to be held at the 2013 AIC Annual Meeting WAG Session by Yury Yanchyshyn and Alexandra Darraby, entitled:

21ST CENTURY ART, DESIGN, & CONSERVATION: PROTECTED MATERIALS AND FINE ARTS CONSERVATION

Contribute to the Wooden Artifacts Group Wiki

Growth of the Wooden Artifacts Group Conservation Wiki depends on the volunteer efforts of trained Wooden Artifacts conservators like you. It is not difficult to contribute, but it does take time to acquaint yourself with the Wiki software and the standards of the community.

Getting Started and Community Guidelines

Find out how the wiki works and how to get started with contributing articles.

Content and Formatting Guides

In this section you will find information on how to compose and edit your articles. The Basic Wooden Artifacts Template and the Wooden Artifacts Materials and Types Template will help you streamline your entries and ensure that everyone follows the same basic outline.

Basic Wooden Artifacts Template

The basic template includes the standard Wooden Artifacts Wiki introductory text and formatting guides, such as the specialty group logo, contributors, copyright information, cautionary text, draft banner, and standardized headers.

Wooden Artifacts Materials and Types Template

The template for wooden artifact materials and types is more specific and should be used for articles found in the Wooden Artifacts Wiki section on Materials, and can be used as a guide for general pages as well.


Copyright: 2012. The Wooden Artifacts Group Wiki pages are a publication of the Wooden Artifacts Specialty Group of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. The Wooden Artifacts Group Wiki pages are published for the members of the Wooden Artifacts Specialty Group. Publication does not endorse or recommend any treatments, methods, or techniques described herein.