A BRIEF HISTORY AND REVIEW OF THE EARLY PRACTICE AND MATERIALS OF GAP-FILLING IN THE WEST
. Anecdotal experience of the author in working with various traditional craftspeople much older than himself indicates a relatively recent but unfavorable attitude to filling materials, with “half inch putty” being suggested for errors of that dimension and the traditional chiding ditty “If your miter doesn't fit, fill it up with glue and shit” driving the message home.
. During the 1960s and 1970s the author personally observed such menders at work riveting china and re-tinning and otherwise refurbishing copper cookware in India and Iran.
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JONATHAN THORNTON received his M.A. and Certificate of Advanced Study from the State University College at Oneonta, N.Y. (Cooperstown Graduate Program in Conservation), after an earlier career as an independent craftsman. He is currently professor at the Art Conservation Department of the State University College at Buffalo, where he has taught the conservation of objects since 1980. Address: Art Conservation Department, Buffalo State College, 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo, N.Y. 14222.