Traditional Ways of Carpentry and Museum Restoration-Conservation Practice

Year 2015
Publication Type Scientific Papers

This book represents the second, renewed edition of the manual published in 2012 within the frames of a joint project between the Georgian National Museum and Riksantikvaren - the Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage. The project initially started as a project between GNM and UNESCO and was from the very beginning funded by the Norwegian government. From the Norwegian side, Maihaugen open air museum and its subsidiary, the Norwegian Craft Institute, have been most active in the implementation of this project.


In the first edition that became a subject of a great interest of society are described Georgian folk traditions of carpentry and principals of restoration-conservation of wooden constructions as well as use of this practice in the Museum of Ethnography and in general modern museum space.


Together with the Norwegian partners it was decided to publish a renewed version of the presented manual. The first volume of this book offers papers of two Norwegian specialists: Director of Norwegian Craft Institute Mr. Eivind Falk and carpenter-restorer Mr. Hans Marumsrud.


This part of the book is dedicated to the methods of restoration, its principals and in general, restoration philosophy. Here is represented practical experience accumulated in the Norwegian Museums as well as conclusions based on the joint analysis conducted in collaboration with the Georgian colleagues during the project implemented at the Georgian National Museum's G. Chitaia Open Air Museum of Ethnography.


Covering of all folk methods of carpentry in one book is impossible, indeed, though we do hope that this manual will give comprehensive answers theoretical as well as practical-empirical wise to specialists working in carpentry and in general, to the interested public.


We express our gratitude to Riksantikvaren - Norwegian Directorate for Cultural Heritage for their support in publishing of the presented manual.