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Throughout history, humanity has had an affinity for wood, using it both as a simple building material and as a canvas for beautiful, ornate works of art. In historic structures and homes, we often see these two roles merge, as wooden elements serve both a functional and decorative role.
Unfortunately, wood is an organic material, susceptible to a variety of damage. Moisture from storms, bad plumbing, and poor drainage can cause swelling, warping, mold, and other water damage; regular use can cause gauges, cracks, and splitting; insects can eat away at the integrity of a structure; even UV exposure and light from the sun can fade previously beautiful colors and patterns until those details seem lost to time.
Our artisans have decades of collective experience in restoring and repairing historic wooden elements and structures back to their previous glory. From gentle cleaning to the application of compatible (but reversible) coatings and finishes to repair and even full replication of components, our craftsmen are highly skilled and motivated by a deep respect for the underlying history that the wooden components embody.
While the exact process followed for a particular project are of course dictated by the specifics of the project, most wood restoration and repair projects will follow the steps and process discussed below.
Before conducting any restoration or repair work, our first goal is to understand the history of the structure. What was the building’s original purpose, and what role did the woodwork play in that purpose? These details are most often discovered through a combination of archival research and physical investigation. In tandem, we must also understand the full scope of the overall project—including the budget, expectations, and aspirations of the owner and other key stakeholders—in order to appropriately plan and coordinate between other trades as necessary.
Once we fully understand the scope, challenges, and details of the project, we must evaluate the structure as it currently exists. This evaluation and analysis is invaluable in determining the best path forward, offering insights into details such as: