Restoration Is An Aging Project For Curator, Dr. Calkin


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Restoration Is An Aging Project For Curator, Dr. Calkin Repairing Antique Furniture Sometimes Presents A Real Challenge
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Progress Photos Book No. 4
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St. Augustine Historical Restoration and Preservation Commission Staff Members
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Carling, Anne
The St. Augustine Record
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BT. ANNE CARLING vices," Calkin says, shaking his same r roWongn's Editor head. "And .I'm still not satis- d
Restooatlbio is 'an agig pro- fed with the job." edservation Cqlirmission.:'If he's beewa. t as .. wor lor not taking nothing modern the wood and briuikht outste achie and aging it as did with grain of walnut principal Calkin tin like the manikins in 'he' Spanish wood used in construction of the it though, 'beca (b eswax) Military Hospital on Aviles 18th century Spanish furniture, has a tendency to stay sticky Street he's repairing some The disadvantages are the in this humid climate. ,antique piece in preparation for carvings found even on the "If the 'feel' has to be repropla~cement in o f-m the restorel placement in On. the restor- ordinary pieces and the lush up- duced" the way it would feel alion's ehibit s. This lat- holstey used on the nobilities after years and years of wear, ter is particularly true when it furniture. on a chair arm, for examplecomes to furniture. Most often, e quite Calkin uses the bees If only "Almost all the furniture I get ordinary pieces e carv- a visual appeal requirto work on is 18th century ing, and some "quite A ed, he uses th oil and Spanish, since that's what our lot," says Caome of turpentine m i buildings are," Calkin explains. this is gone agd, it has Since Spani oil"Actually, most of what we get to be rep .. tch ed, not waxed, er can be considered 18th century somebody carving i with age, so urnt rural Spanish,swh tricky," he skiing, umber an ear ("it's the people wc o .ive 'htd "although, admit it's clay you dig out of th'e ground") ,here,!' He desdcile-tbe rutl fun. It's ki allenge." to age the repaired parts. fuishings made in He's just d an Ac- "It's the furniture restores' shops ~in small t vowns' countant's ] Acing the best friend. It's the best ager. poised of allwoo r scoll wok tp 'his "It's the furniture restorers' upholstery. particulk piece of furniture restorers," however, he cauNobility of that time,4 was obtained in Mexico. tions, "that all of this kind of The really nice pieces the work rubbing of burnt umber p, ins, used el h expensive pieces, made with into the cracs, .c i d the velvet or tapestry and em- corners is the .. 11 i 1. itA a'cloth Italian~ A. ~ broidery which have deteriorat- fingers,-rathl w a cloth
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