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Wood Identification Class

October 28th, 2017

Wood Identification Class

What wood is it and why?
Seeing and understanding wood in a whole new way
October 28-29, 2017


Did you ever look at a piece of wood and wonder what wood it is? And why it looks the way it does? Were you ever confused about which wood it is: mahogany, walnut, cherry, or poplar?
This two-day hands-on workshop will answer all these questions and more. It is designed specifically for
curators, collectors, antique dealers, appraisers, and woodworkers.  The goal of this workshop is to familiarize the student with the physical properties of wood and recognize species specific structures. No experience is necessary.

This class will fill quickly, so sign up soon. Click Here for Details and SIGN UP>>




Saturday, October 28, 2017 | 9.00 am - 4.00 pm
Fallon & Wilkinson, LLC
32 Bushnell Hollow Rd in Baltic, CT
On Saturday, basic wood anatomy will be introduced, including grain, figure, fundamental differences between softwoods and hardwoods, and more. The student will learn to identify common hardwoods that are used in antique furniture using a 10x loupe.


Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Yale University Art Gallery Furniture Study
New Haven, CT

On Sunday, the class will be held at the Yale University Furniture Study. Students will get a rare opportunity not only to see one of the finest collections of American furniture, but also to identify woods used in a selection of great objects in a one-day intensive and hands-on inspection.



Class fee of $395.00 includes a hardwood sample kit, 10x loupe, book (Identifying Wood) and Saturday lunch. A 10% discount is offered to students, senior citizens, IWCS members, and prior Fallon & Wilkinson students. Class size is limited to 15 students.



Fallon & Wilkinson, LLC is a furniture conservation firm founded in 2000 by principal conservators, Tad D. Fallon and Randy S. Wilkinson. Both were trained at the Smithsonian Institution's prestigious Furniture Conservation Training Program and completed conservation fellowships at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Preservation Society of Newport County, and the Mystic Seaport Museum, respectively.  Fallon & Wilkinson, LLC bring a combined 50 years of training and experience to the care and conservation of furniture, wooden artifacts, and interior woodwork, blending old world craftsmanship with modern conservation practices. The firm also provides museum quality reproduction furniture to museums and private clients. More information at, email, or phone (860) 822-6790.

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