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What wood is it and why? Seeing and understanding wood in a whole new way.
Three days over the weekend, September 16-18, 2022 (Friday, 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 three-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.

Basic wood anatomy will be introduced, including grain, figure, fundamental differences between softwoods and hardwoods, and more. The student will learn to identify 19 common woods that are used in American decorative arts using a 10x loupe.

We will be using the collection of the Mystic Seaport Museum to identifying wood once it is made into an object. Students will get the rare opportunity to see some of the great treasures the Mystic Seaport has to offer while learning to identify wood on site.
NEW this year will be the addition of a collections tour as well as a trip to the shipyard at the Museum.

No experience is necessary. Class fee includes a hardwood sample kit, 10x loupe, book (Identifying Wood ) and Saturday lunch. A discount rate is offered to students, senior citizens, IWCS members, and prior Fallon & Wilkinson students. Class size is limited to 15 students. This class will fill quickly, so sign up soon.

Read this review on our Videos page about one of our past Wood Identification Workshops.


Please contact us if you have trouble signing up online.


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