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Wood damaged by furniture beetles

From: Ian Fraser <ian-a-fraser>
Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2002
I would like to hear about anybody else's experiences with
consolidating wood damaged by woodworm.

I have coming up for treatment some window pelmets from Burton
Constable Hall, East Yorkshire, UK,
<URL:>, made by Thomas Chippendale for
Burton Constable's Ball Room. They are illustrated in Christopher
Gilbert's book The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale.  Extreme
environmental problems i.e. a very damp building has led to
wood-boring pests becoming a big problem at this building.

The environmental conditions are being dealt with.  The pelmets, now
dismantled and in the workshop, require treatment because they are
in a very weakened state.  The gilt surfaces are largely intact but
inside there is much damage inside (very hollow, sort of cardboard
sound when tapped) and many exit holes on the back.

Experiences of what consolidants to experiment with and methods of
application please,

Ian Fraser
Conservator of Furniture
Leeds Museums and Galleries
Temple Newsam House

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