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 individual/ private one-day hands-on workshop will answer all these questions and more. It is designed specifically for curators, collectors, antique dealers, appraisers, and woodworkers. The goal of this workshop is to familiarize the student with the physical properties of wood and recognize species specific structures.
The class will be customized to the student’s background and knowledge. Topics may include basic wood anatomy, including grain, figure, fundamental differences between softwoods and hardwoods, and more. Depending on the student’s wishes, actual pieces in their own or Fallon & Wilkinson’s collection may be used as case studies. The student will learn to identify common hardwoods that are used in antique furniture using a 10x loupe.
No experience is necessary, but Fallon & Wilkinson’s general Wood Identification class is recommended as a background.
Class fee of $975.00 plus travel expenses and $65.00 material fee includes a hardwood sample kit, 10x loupe, book (Identifying Wood) and handouts.
Classes are held at our newly built furniture conservation studio on 32 Bushnell Hollow Rd in Baltic, CT.
“I originally contacted Randy Wilkinson after attending Fallon & Wilkinson’s course on Wood Identification because I was interested in identifying the woods used in my New England antiques. Randy spent a long day at my home, examining my antiques. I got much more than wood identification from this session. Randy is so knowledgeable about period styles, forms, and histories, that I learned a great deal about the antiques I own. He is a willing and generous teacher, helping me hone my skills in wood identification by patiently pointing out the details I was missing. Any dealer, antique collector, curator, appraiser, or historian would benefit from a day with Randy. I can recommend him without reservation."