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Ron Sheetz, Wooden Objects Conservator                
Martinsburg, WV
risheetz@aol.com
Gallery
Alaska Native American Artifacts
National Park Service
Musuem of the Shenandoah Valley
Gen George Marshall Home
Sheetz Hand Made Furniture
Below is a gallery of examples of
some of Ron's bigger preservation treatments of historic objects and of
his hand crafted period furniture.

Click on topics above or scroll below
to go to examples.

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
Gen. George Marshall Home
Dodana Manor
Museum of The Shenandoah Valley
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.

Historic House at Museum of Shen Valley
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.


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.

Sitka Alaska Baranov Totem
National Park Service
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.

Wooden Yoke of Liberty Bell
Sheetz Hand Produced Period Furntiture
While proprietor of Sheetz Furntiture Shop, Ron made numerous pieces of hand produced period furniture reproductions.  This included the entire process from starting with picking out a raw piece of lumber to putting the final finish on the completed project.

He also preserved and restored many pieces of antique furniture and wooden objects.  Ron still makes and restores wooden objects in the shop (see replica of Thomas Jefferson's writing desk below).
Sheetz hand made drop leaf table
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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.
1700's Federal Style Chair
1700's Federal Style Chair
1700's Federal Style Chair
Mahogany Chest of Drawers (Chiffonier) before treatmentMahogany Chest of Drawers (Chiffonier) after treatmentLibrary Table before treatmentLibrary Table during treatment
click on images below to view objects before & after treatment
click on images below to view objects before & after treatment
Tall Case Clock before treatmentTall Case Clock after treatmentShenandoah Valley Chest before treatmentShenandoah Valley Chest after treatment
click on images below to view objects
Haines Totem Pole PreservationKlawok Totem Pole PreservationNathan Jackson, Tlingit Master CarverTommy Joseph, Carver, Sitka, AK
click on images below to view objects before & after treatment
Director of the Department of Interior's Mahogany Federal Style Chest of Drawers before treatmentDirector of the Department of Interior's Mahogany Federal Style Chest of Drawers after treatmentPresidential Podium before treatmentPresidential Podium after treatment
click on each row of images below to view objects made by Ron Sheetz
Walnut HutchWalnut Corner CabinetWalnut SideboardWalnut End Table
Hand Made Replicas of
Thomas Jefferson's Writing DeskHand Made Replica of
Thomas Jefferson's Writing DeskArchery Bow HandleCherry and Walnut cups
Ron Sheetz, Wooden Objects Conservator               
Martinsburg, WV
risheetz@aol.com