Wood conservation

The term “wood” as a conservation discipline refers to the basic organic material wood, whose treatment and conservatorial care is as varied and extensive as the objects themselves that are made of it.  Works of art and objects are not often made entirely of wood, but rather tend to be combined with other materials. This applies not only to the extensive arts and crafts and everyday culture collections of the Deutsches Historisches Museum, but also, for example, to the large weapons collection.

Wood surfaces were prepared, i.e. primed and painted, or provided with metal elements and various kinds of metal coverings.  Wood was also used together with ivory, horn, tortoiseshell, mother-of-pearl and other organic materials in furniture, everyday objects, technical objects from the industrial sector as well as models. Many of the often large objects provide new challenges to the wood conservator and their conservatorial skills due to the variety of materials involved. This applies to conservation, i.e. measures merely to preserve the object, as well as to treatments which give consideration to the aesthetics of the object, in addition to the maintenance of the objects during storage, transport and presentation in exhibitions.

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