Profession furniture restorer
Furniture restorers analyse materials and techniques in order to assess the state of an old piece of furniture and to identify and classify it according to art and cultural history. They use old or modern tools and techniques to restore the piece and give advice to customers as to the restoration, conservation and maintenance of such objects.
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- Realistic / Conventional
- Realistic / Artistic
- Realistic / Investigative
- Types of wood
Types of wood, such as birch, pine, poplar, mahogany, maple and tulipwood.
- Conservation techniques
The procedures, instruments, techniques, materials and chemicals used in conservation and archiving.
- Technical drawings
Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.
- Art history
The history of art and artists, the artistic trends throughout centuries and their contemporary evolutions.
- Assess conservation needs
Assess and list the needs for conservation/restoration, in relation to current use and planned future use.
- Create smooth wood surface
Shave, plane and sand wood manually or automatically to produce a smooth surface.
- Sand wood
Use sanding machines or hand tools to remove paint or other substances from the surface of the wood, or to smoothen and finish the wood.
- Estimate restoration costs
Estimate the cost implications of restoring and replacing products or parts.
- Apply restoration techniques
Select and apply appropriate restoration techniques in order to achieve the required restoration goals. This encompasses preventive measures, remedial measures, restoration processes and management processes.
- Apply a protective layer
Apply a layer of protective solutions such as permethrine to protect the product from damage such as corrosion, fire or parasites, using a spray gun or paintbrush.
- Do historical research
Use scientific methods to research history and culture.
- Evaluate restoration procedures
Evaluate the outcome of conservation and restoration procedures. Evaluate the degree of risk, success of treatment or activity and communicate the results.
- Create wood joints
Use the proper tools and processes to create the joints where multiple pieces of wood fit together.
- Select restoration activities
Determine restoration needs and requirements and plan the activities. Consider the desired results, the level of intervention required, evaluation of alternatives, constraints on actions, stakeholder demands, possible risks and future options.
- Join wood elements
Bind wooden materials together using a variety of techniques and materials. Determine the optimal technique to join the elements, like stapling, nail, gluing or screwing. Determine the correct work order and make the joint.
- Provide conservation advice
Formulating guidelines for object care, preservation and maintenance, and providing professional advice on possible restoration work to be done.
- Document restoration
Record the type and state of the object to be restored as well as the restoration processes applied by means of pictures, drawings and written accounts.
- Operate wood sawing equipment
Operate various machinery and equipment to cut wood in different sizes and shapes.