Conservation of Wood Artifacts: A Handbook / Edition 1

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This handbook is the most comprehensive, up-to-date source of information on the history of wood conservation, on the structure and properties of wood, on organisms causing deterioration, on methods of diagnosis of wood condition, on materials and methods of wood preservation, on consolidation of deteriorated wood, and on wood adhesives. Although it provides many techniques of wood conservation in detail, it goes far beyond the scope of a "recipe book" by giving an overview of the use of particular materials and methods as they apply to dry as well as wet or waterlogged wood. Access to the enormous wealth of information is facilitated by separate indexes for trade names, pests, and conservation materials. The latter, together with their methods of application, were gathered from the literature and organized chronologically. For liquid preservatives, fumigants, and consolidants, these listings are preceded by important data on each of the materials.

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"This is a landmark book for the conservation profession written by wood scientists who understand the need to establish a current, annotated, and well-referenced work on the research and publications related to wood conservation. It establishes a new level of professional scholarship on the subject of wood conservation by bringing together an extraordinary amount of information, research, and references in one volume. ...Any conservation scientist, conservator, or student involved in the preservation of wooden cultural material will want to have access to this publication. The Conservation of Wood Artifacts should be a core publication for any training program that includes the subject in its curriculum. ...The conservation community is well served by this example of effective organization and the application of rigorous standards in presenting concepts supported by the extant literature." (Journal of the American Institute for Conservation, Summer 2002, Volume, Number 2)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540415800
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 8/15/2008
  • Series: Natural Science in Archaeology Series
  • Edition description: 2001
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 578
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface.- Introduction.- History of Wood Conservation.- Wood Structure.- Wood Properties.- Corrosion Behaviour of Wood.- Biological Deterioration of Wood.- Diagnosis of Wood Condition.- Liquid Wood Preservatives.- Fumigants.- Physical Control Methods.- Biological Methods.- Consolidants.- Adhesives and Gap Fillers.- Appendix.- Indexes.

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