Wood

Wood is an organic material that humans have used for centuries. The preservation of wooden objects therefore bridges the past and the present. Our field is not limited exclusively to furniture, but also includes sculptures, instruments, tools and other wooden objects. Each object contains a rich art historical history which often leads us to fall back on traditional craft techniques. However, wood restoration is developing rapidly, with scientific research methods and analysis techniques at its core. This ensures that contemporary materials are also used in our search for the most suitable treatment.

 

Preventive conservation includes all measures taken to safeguard the wood from further decay or loss, without directly handling the objects. This form of conservation includes optimizing climatic conditions, providing protective packaging and handling the objects correctly. Art Salvage Belgium can support and personally advise you in the conservation of all your wooden objects.

Restoration is the direct intervention on damaged or degraded objects with the aim of enhancing their legibility. This is done with as much respect as possible for the aesthetic, historical and physical integrity of the object. We restore for heritage institutions as well as individuals and offer flexibility for large objects or collections.

The restoration of wood has developed greatly in recent years as a result of significant advances in scientific knowledge. Conservation is now preferred; restoration takes place when ethically justified. Reversibility and maximum preservation of the original material are paramount.

 

Documentation is of great importance

To offer the client insight into the restoration process, a final report is prepared after each treatment. This describes all investigations and treatments with process photos to illustrate. Openness about our work is an important pillar within our company.

 

You can come to us for a variety of treatments:

Cleaning | Consolidation | Glueing| Applying fillings | Retouching | Varnish removal | Applying a protective coating | Fabricating reconstructions or replicas| Treating veneers

We offer various material-technical examination methods. Here the preference is mainly for non-invasive research. This can serve as an aid to the restoration process or provide insight into the cultural-historical significance of the object. For example, we can conduct microscopic research into the materials, finishing layers and degradation processes of the artwork. 

Microscopic examination: Used to image the surface structure of the material (e.g., characteristic core features such as the wood grain, pores, rays, wood joints) but also degradation processes such as gaps and cracks.
Ultraviolet fluorescence: UVA light makes old treatments such as retouching, glueing and additions visible. 

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