Wooden it be nice to know more about preserving timber?

Proposed RIBA Curriculum Topic: Building conservation and heritage

Timber is one of the oldest and most widely used materials for construction and its preservation and conservation is something which requires care and specific knowledge.  RSUA has invited one of Ireland’s experts in timber preservation to deliver this seminar which will help participants understand deterioration of historic timbers and how to mitigate against their loss. Through a series of examples and case studies, floors, ceilings, panelling and doors will be considered and investigative techniques will be shown in a practical context.

Course Content

This seminar will cover:

  • Investigative methods and techniques for timber conservation
    • Paint cross section analysis
    • Timber / tool mark identification
    • Dendrochronology
  • Historic examples
  • Case studies
    • Sash windows

Speaker info

Sven Habermann is the Manager and accredited lead conservator at Conservation|Letterfrack, who are experts in Ireland offering a wide range of conservation and restoration services.  They combine the time-honoured skills of carving, turning, marquetry work, decorative finishing and metalwork with the latest advances in modern conservation techniques, and undertake conservation and restoration work on individual objects, furniture collections and the historic interiors of some of Ireland’s finest public buildings.