It is essential for furniture conservators to understand the properties and behaviour of wood. Only when the underlying basis of the working properties, identification and appearance of wood is understood can conservators make responsible decisions in their work. Proper knowledge of wood as a material will help in building an understanding of issues such as deterioration, preventive conservation and restoration. This chapter covers the structure and properties of wood and how they relate to each other. It also includes information on the behaviour of wooden structures and basic data on manufactured timber products.
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