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Subject: Timber chair

Timber chair

From: Barry Knight <barry.knight>
Date: Friday, July 12, 2002
Matthew Scott <matthews [at] ho__hht__nsw__gov__au> writes

>Can anyone recommend non-invasive methods for the investigation of a
>upholstered timber chair?

If you can get it done, I would advise radiographing (X-raying) the
chair.  This will reveal all the hidden structure; it will certainly
show what kind of splat the chair has, and what kind of original
seat.  It will also reveal details of fixings (nails, screws etc)
and any previous repairs.

Try your local hospital: if they can't help, or the chair won't fit
under their X-ray machine, try a local NDT company.  You may find
that this job is so far removed from their normal work (like
x-raying welds in pipelines) that they may do it for nothing, or for
free publicity. Good luck,

Barry Knight
Senior Conservation Scientist
English Heritage

                  Conservation DistList Instance 16:6
                  Distributed: Tuesday, July 16, 2002
                        Message Id: cdl-16-6-002
Received on Friday, 12 July, 2002

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