Mr. Wilkinson was born and raised in Baltic, Connecticut. He attended the University of New Haven and received a BS in Electrical Engineering in 1988. After college, he gave up engineering and decided to follow a dream by opening a business building 18th and 19th century reproduction furniture. During his first years in business, he was often asked to repair antiques. Seeing the need to learn more about furniture restoration, he was accepted in the Smithsonian Institution’s Furniture Conservation Training Program in 1996. He spent four years in training, receiving his MA from Antioch University, in Yellow Springs, Ohio. He completed internships at the Preservation Society of Newport County, in Newport, Rhode Island, and the Mystic Seaport Museum, in Mystic, Connecticut.
Now, Mr. Wilkinson’s work is represented in museums and private collections throughout the country. He blends his love for building outstanding examples of America’s best furniture with conserving some of our national treasures. In 2000, Mr. Wilkinson joined forces with Smithsonian classmate Tad D. Fallon and opened the private conservation practice Fallon & Wilkinson, LLC. Mr. Wilkinson frequently lectures and writes about conservation and woodworking.
He is a member of the Wooden Artifacts Group of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), and participated in the 2001 “Furniture in France” study tour. For the two-year period of 2005-2006, he was the Wooden Artifacts Group Chair. He is a Professional Associate with the AIC.