Restoration Workshop

January 11, 2020 - January 12, 2020

Gilding Restoration Workshop

April 25, 2020 - April 26, 2020

Featured Class

Wood Identification Workshop

What wood is it and why? Seeing and understanding wood in a whole new way.
Weekend of October 26-27, 2019 (Saturday 9.00am-4.00pm, Sunday 11:00 – 4:00)

MYSTIC, CONN – Did you ever look at a piece of wood and wonder what wood it is? And why it looks the way it does? Were you ever confused about which wood it is: mahogany, walnut, cherry, or poplar?

This two-day hands-on workshop at the dynamic Mystic Seaport Museum is taught by Randy S. Wilkinson and will answer all these questions and more. It is designed specifically for curators, collectors, antique dealers, appraisers, and conservators.  The goal of this workshop is to familiarize the student with the physical properties of wood in order to recognize species specific cell structures. No experience is necessary.

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Thank you so much for the wonderful antique restoration class that you held this weekend. I enjoyed learning about shellac and all the best practices that you have both amassed over your years of working with antiques. It was a lot of fun for me. I made it home ok with my couch and look forward to starting to work on it early next year.

Annemarie Gucwa