ELLENCONSERVATION


RESTORATION OF WOOD


THE CLOCK

totale prima              totale dopo   

The clock before and after the restoration.
 
This clock, owned by a friend of mine, was varnished with something that gave it a false and dark aspect. There were also rests of tape glue, and more, the numbers on the quadrant were fading. I removed the thick varnish, afterwards I applied some shellac for a natural effect. I also defined the numbers after the cleaning of the area.
stemma prima   stemma dopo

The arms before and after the restoration.

dettaglio     quadrante  

The numbers before and after ther restoration.




    A 19TH CENTURY ENGLISH TABLE

prima    totale finito

The table before and after the restoration.

This table was extensible thanks to the openable legs and two semicircular retractable wigs. Made with wood of durmast, the protruding parts appeared consumed and the finish varnish was thinner, so the aspect was not homogeneous. After the varnish removal, the wood displayed a clear hue, so the owner asked to darken it with some colour. He also asked to make it very shiny with many layers of shellac.
bandella prima       bandella dopo

Detail of the semicircular wig before and after the varnish removal.




THE BAROQUE TABERNACLE

prima   dopo

The tabernacle before and after the restoration.

This tabernacle, owned by a friend of mine, was already restored because many parts were glued and also there were many repainting and losses of colours. Originally it was wedged to an altar, but it was disassembled and a wood worker built the lower sides copying the front. On the small door, the silver was oxidated, but the owner wanted its renewal.  The mecca varnish was remade as well, but all the other parts were just cleaned and adjusted. The lower parts of the sides were painted imitating the false marble original painting.
fianco sx prima    fianco sx dopo    fianco dx prima   fianco dx dopo

The tabernacle sides before and after the restoration.

putti prima    putti dopo

Details of the "putti" before and after the restoration.




THE ECLECTIC DESK

prima   dopo

The desk before and after the restoration.

I bought this desk fo myself, but it was quite in a bad state of conservation. Many parts were broken, the legs were not straight and many decorative details were damaged. Moreover, the final varnish was thick and gave to the desk a fake effect. It took lot of time to remove it, and to fix all the parts, but at the end I have a wonderful desk !
colonna    colonna aperta    sportello superiore dopo  

Detail of the small cabinet on the desk before and after the restoration.

colonna sotto    colonna sotto aperta     sportello inferiore dopo     cassetti dopo

Detail of the hidden draws before and after the restoration.




THE
ANGEL CANDLE HOLDER 

  angelo   mano dita   mano dita dopo

Detail of the hand before and after the fingers reintegration.

During the summer practical training at the  LABORATORIO DEGLI ANGELI  in Bologna, I have made also simple superficial cleaning operations and some integration of lost parts, as in this case. The Angel's left hand's fingers were broken; with the supervision of the lab's restorers I built the lost parts according to the right hand's shape and size.



THE WOODEN DOORS

Prima   dopo

The doors before and after the restoration.

To the LABORATORIO DEGLI ANGELI, during my 300 hours summer practical training, I also made some conservative intervention. These doors, coming from the Basilica of San Petronio, showed many holes left from wood boring insects. I had just to fill them with some wax and to clean the metal parts. 



DETAILS REBUILDING

mancanza   integrazione   colore

Details of the reintegration steps.

Small works of reinstatemnt of  wooden frames' parts are quite normal in a lab. During the 300 hours, summer practical training at the LABORATORIO DEGLI ANGELI in Bologna I was involved in the restoration of some carved frames, with some losses of fragments. After a superficial cleaning of the surface, I realized the lost part using a two part syntetic resin, then I coloured it according to  the original.




LEARNING THE TECHNIQUES: WOOD CARVING AND INLAY

modello   il mio intaglio

The model and the carving.
Il modello da copiare
modello   intaglio

The model and the carving.

At the "technique of the wood working" we tried to make some carving and inlay, to understand the difficuty of that techniques. Starting from a piece of lime wood, we carved it copying the model. Later, with some thin sheets of maple, olive and elm wood, we realized different inlays.
intarsio   intarsio2

Two different wooden inlays realized with different kinds of wood.




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