Providing collection care, preservation and conservation treatment services to collectors and collecting institutions.
Online Museum Classes
Caring for furniture and wood artifacts demands an understanding of how and why wood deteriorates. This course offers a simplified explanation of the chemistry and structure of wood as well as the finished wooden object; be it either a totem pole, plow or a French polished table. Care of Furniture and Wood Artifacts teaches students to identify woods, finishes and furniture styles, write condition reports, and understand the agents of deterioration that are harmful to wood both in storage and on exhibit. Topics include preparing wood artifacts for storage and exhibit, the use of archival materials with wood artifacts, housekeeping techniques for furniture and large objects on open display, basic repairs and three dimensional supports for storage or exhibit.
2. The structure and chemistry of wood
3. Furniture and Their Styles and Structures
4. Documentation and Condition Report Writing
5. Wood Artifacts and Their Environment
6. Handling Furniture and Wood Artifacts
6. Treating Furniture and Wood Artifacts
7. Care of Wood in Storage
8. Care of Wood on Exhibit
Participants in Care of Furniture and Wood Artifacts work through sections on their own. Materials and resources include online literature, slide lectures and dialog between students and the instructor through online forums.
Care of Furniture and Wood Artifacts runs four weeks. To reserve a spot in the course, please pay at http://www.collectioncare.org/tas/tas.html If you have trouble please contact Helen Alten at firstname.lastname@example.org
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