Measuring A Period Piece
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A couple of weeks ago, my colleagues and I spent the morning poring over the details of an early 19th century tool chest.This is typical behavior for Kaare Loftheim, Brian Weldy, and I as we make our living at Colonial Williamsburg studying original pieces—either copying them or using them to inform our understanding of period woodworking practices.
While our position as cabinetmakers in a museum gives us access to an incredible collection and credentials that open doors to other museums, this privilege is not ours alone.Many museums, collectors, and antiques dealers welcome furniture makers looking to learn from or even replicate their stuff.
This past winter at Colonial Williamsburg's annual Working Wood in the Eighteenth Century conference, we collaborated on a presentation about how to study and measure museum pieces.This is a big topic and we had many techniques to share, but for now I'll focus on three basic rules for museum study and share our list of essential tools to bring along...