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Wednesday, May 31 • 9:30am - 10:00am
(Wooden Artifacts) A New Tool for the Traditional Toolbox

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This paper details the combining of traditional French marquetry techniques with contemporary CNC inlay methods. The project is the replacement of a lost marquetry top for a writing desk base attributed to Jean Francoise Oeben. The top chosen for reproduction was the well known mechanical desk by Oeben at the Getty Museum. Topics discussed are ethical considerations, the relative advantages of each process, and similar works by Oeben in public collections. Also noted are sources of period veneers and substitutions for commercially extinct woods.

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Alton Bowman-[PA]

Senior Conservator, Alton Bowman Studio
Alton Bowman is senior conservator and owner of Alton Bowman Studio in Flower Mound Texas, near Dallas, since 1970. He studied art at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, and Northwood School of Contemporary Art. He participated in the first French Furniture Study... Read More →

Wednesday May 31, 2017 9:30am - 10:00am CDT
Acapulco Ballroom Level, West Tower