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Friday, May 17 • 11:00am - 11:30pm
(Wooden Artifacts) Making Excellent Thin Sections for Wood Identification: A Quick and Easy Method

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Making thin sections by hand for microscopic wood identification is a very precise exercise with often frustrating results. Microtomes being out of reach for most private conservators, it is difficult to produce sections that are even, thin, and include all desired information, such as a complete annual ring. Poor sections result in poor analysis, hence the need for a reliable method. This paper explores one such method that has had excellent results. The technique combines a resin (developed for making fish lures and currently also used for forensic analysis), an embedding method for cross-sectional stratification analysis, and sectioning with a simplified microtome. The method has three major advantages over conventional systems: it is fast, inexpensive, and reliable, generating thin sections that are large enough for wood identification. The presentation will delve into several materials and techniques that were explored while developing the method.

Speakers
avatar for Rian M. H. Deurenberg-Wilkinson

Rian M. H. Deurenberg-Wilkinson

Conservator, Fallon & Wilkinson, LLC
Rian M. H. Deurenberg-Wilkinson is a Conservator at Fallon & Wilkinson, LLC, a private conservation firm in Connecticut. She held a two year position in the Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, after concluding a three-year... Read More →

Co-Author
avatar for Randy S. Wilkinson

Randy S. Wilkinson

Conservator, Fallon & Wilkinson, LLC
RANDY S. WILKINSON is a furniture conservator and principal in the firm of Fallon & Wilkinson, LLC in Baltic, CT. He received his training at the Smithsonian Institution’s Furniture Conservation Training Program and earned his Master’s degree from Antioch University in 2000. He... Read More →


Friday May 17, 2019 11:00am - 11:30pm
Abenaki Room Sky Convention Center, Mohegan Sun

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