Basic Wood Science: Growth - Use - Damage - Examination Methods Explained by the Example of Oak
Wood as a material has played a major role both in the visual arts and handicrafts as well as in everyday culture. This means that objects made of wood in various forms are again and again the subject of acts of restoration.
For all those who deal with such objects, it is essential to be familiar with the basics of wood science. Only thus it enables to interprete the specific behavior of the wood and the cause of damage and to develop appropriate approaches to conservation of wooden heritage.
The course provides an introduction to growth and structure of wood, and then combines growth-related attributes with aging and damage phenomena . Furthermore, examination procedures, e.g. for wood and wood moisture identification are presented whose results can help to find a preservation and restoration concept.
All course content is based on examples of oak wood, as this wood is certainly among the most common and used in a variety of ways in Northern Europe. It also has many interesting specific physical and chemical attributes.
To make a difference both to softwoods and visually very similar wood spruce, sweet chestnut, elm and ash are additionally used as examples.
Further chapters about oak in trade, cultural-historical features, symbolism and mythology, or infestation by fungi and insects, complete this comprehensive course. The presented study methods and correlations are transferable to other species.
The learning content is based on the current state of research, considering recent research results of the 20-year history of furniture conservation at the Faculty of Architecture, Engineering and Conservation of the HAWK Hildesheim. The learning content is explained with the help of many case studies from practice.
The graduated conservators Christina Duhme M.A. and Mirja Harms M.A. studied at the Faculty of Architecture, Engineering and Conservation of the HAWK in Hildesheim, with a specialization in "Furniture and wooden objects”. Since 2009, both work as freelance conservators in Hildesheim.
Prof. Dr. Gerdi Maierbacher-Legl has been the head of the area of specialization "Furniture and wooden objects” at the Faculty of Architecture, Engineering and Conservation of the HAWK for more than ten years.
The course is in German language, but technical support can be given in English. For further information and registration please have a look at the German version.
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