Ron Sheetz, Wooden Objects Conservator
Below is a gallery of examples of some of Ron's bigger preservation treatments of historic objects and of his hand crafted period furniture.
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Treatments often include cleaning, finish and structural stabilization, and re-integration or restoration of artifact appearance.
Site Designed by Ron's son, Eric
He was a five-star general who helped plan the invasion of Normandy, secretary of state and of defense under President Truman, and winner of the 1953 Nobel Peace Prize. He was best-known as the architect of a sweeping economic recovery program for postwar Europe, The Marshall Plan.
Gen. George Marshall Home
Museum of The Shenandoah Valley
Now Dodona Manor, the historic Virginia home
where he lived from 1941 to his death in 1959, is open
to the public following a six-year, $7 million renovation undertaken by The George C. Marshall Center.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) interprets the art, history, and culture of the great valley for which it is named. This regional museum complex in Winchester, Virginia, includes a historic house dating to the eighteenth century, six acres of spectacular gardens, and a museum.
Musuem of the
Mahogany Chest of Drawers (Chiffonier)
Produced Period Furniture
Alaska Native American Artifacts
With their striking designs and colors, Alaskan totem poles from Sitka, Ketchican, Wrangel, & Haines are bold statements of the identities and stories of the people who carved them. A totem pole generally served one of four purposes:
*Crest poles give the ancestry of particular family.
*History poles record the history of a clan.
*Legend poles illustrate folklore or real life experiences.
*Memorial poles commemorate a particular individual.
Wooden artifacts as varied as a high-styled Chippendale secretary or a 55-foot-tall totem pole treated in situ in Alaska reflect the range of objects conserved in the National Park Service. Furniture from the homes of numerous prominent Americans, including Presidents Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Truman, are among the objects treated. Treatments often include cleaning, finish and structural stabilization, and re-integration or restoration of artifact appearance.
Director of the Department of Interior's
Mahogany Federal Style Chest of Drawers
Sheetz Hand Produced Period Furntiture
Proprietor of Sheetz Furntiture Shop. Made numerous pieces of hand produced period furniture reproductions. This included the entire process from picking out a raw piece of lumber to putting the final finish on the completed project.
Thomas Jefferson's Writing Desk
Klawok Totem Pole Preservation
Haines Totem Pole Preservation
The primary purpose of the preservation
treatments is not to return an object to its original appearance, but long-term preservation, slowing the rate of future deterioration. Before treatment begins, the object is examined and pertinent information is recorded, such as type of finish, adhesives, construction techniques, and wood species. Tool marks on the wood surface, hardware fabrication techniques, even nail and screw type, all help detail the object. Clues are looked for that shed light on the maker and user of the artifact as well as changes it has undergone. Often information found through examination can help establish provenance and authenticity, and ultimately improve the interpretation and restoration of the object.
Fixing the many problems of the object, such as missing pieces, warped boards, separated moldings, split panels, doors that won't close, and drawers that won't open, presents many choices. A balance of respect for the integrity of the object and the preservation of the materials with the need to present an appearance close to that seen by its original owners must be struck.
Hand Made Replicas of
Thomas Jefferson's Writing Desk
Nathan Jackson, Tlingit Master Carver
Tommy Joseph, Carver, Sitka, AK