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Antique chestnut door restoration XVIII° century Sant’Arsenio Salerno vallo di Diano Italy

Object: Antique chestnut door restoration XVIII° century

Period: last XVIII° century

Style: Traditional rustic

Provenance: Sant’Arsenio, vallo di Diano, SA, southern Italy

Description: Doorway of an old barn local of a noble palace of the province of Salerno, in the Vallo di Diano, southern Italy.  Palace statile of Sant’Arsenio, in the historic center, ancient door completely handmade.

Has undergone some structural changes especially in the lower part, where there are also structural damage to the wood due to weather and insect that eat the wood itself.  Good conservation conditions of the original patina.

Restoration: Started with the removal of the fixed and the connected structural elements to be transported in the laboratory. The bulk of the work involved the removal of non-coeval paints, but above all the reconstruction of missing parts of wood and an extension of the door itself at the bottom.

The lower part has been completely recovered and reclaimed with an aesthetic device in the lower prontale panel with the insertion of a non-original hexagonal block to cover a rough intervention and to keep the original elements as much as possible. Rconstructed also the closing system and hardware with elements in style that did not change the rustic originality but exalted it.

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Renovation of a series of chestnut wood fixtures

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Period: second half of the twentieth century

Style: Eclectic

Provenance: Vallo di Diano, SA, Southern Italy

Description: This is a series of solid chestnut window frames to Athena Lucan. Discrete invoice, acceptable conditions except for a retreaded element in part.

Restoration: Removing paint layers deposited over time. Reconstruction of the lower area of an element. Repainting brush with paint single cycle and use of a product with the double function of coloring and wood protection of easier maintenance in time. glass application chamber 12 mm.


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Restructuring of the frame in the main historic building chestnut wood

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Period: last quarter of the nineteenth century, the first half of the twentieth century

Style: Eclectic

Provenance: Vallo di Diano, SA, Southern Italy

Description: This is the central building of the frame that for reasons of scale and value has not been replaced in the building under renovation. conservative restoration as far as possible and complete reconstruction of the lower portion of the window frame and the frame of the same with functional improvements.

Restoration: Original the casing remained at the bottom of the outer casing, completely empty inside due to an attack by termites. In acceptable conditions the high part of the same. Paint removal and reconstruction of the frame with ancient chestnut beams coming from the same abandoned building. Painting interior and exterior enamel with insulated glass application 12 mm. Recovery of all the original hardware.


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Restructuring of a fixture and a chestnut wood door

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Period: last quarter of the eighteenth century, the first half of the nineteenth century

Style: Neoclassical

Provenance: Vallo di Diano, SA, Southern Italy

Description: Originally windows of a palace built in the late eighteenth century. Manufactured entirely in solid chestnut, native wood essence used constantly in the realization of frames for its hardness and resistance to weathering and wood insects. Built with excellent craftsmanship and careful choice of the cutting areas of the trunk. Excellent condition.

Restoration: More than a restoration it is a readjustment for another building, a choice that has allowed the reuse and the conservation in the given time that had been removed and replaced with new windows to the original location. complete removal of paint layered over the years, making the scratch with wooden frames from the same stock of frames and re-adaptation of the new office window. Glass application chamber 12 mm and repainting spray stained cycle acrylic paints, bottom and paint.

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Iroko windows restructuring

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Restoration of a chestnut wood door, 1932

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State of preservation before surgery

The state of preservation was discreet, in the lower part of the door was in place a thermitic attack, while the right door had one of the uprights broken at one point. The closing and opening of the doors and of the dark was not completely feasible due to repainting stratified, oxidation and in some cases failure of hardware.

The restoration

The precarious conditions of the conservation status of the door: a right wing mast broke at one point, did the intervention in the first instance focus on the structural strength of the work that was greatly compromised. Replaced the door with a temporary wooden plank, it proceeded to a removal of previous coatings to deepen the knowledge of the state of wood preservation and to proceed with the carpentry. The leaf was interested in the lower area by a thermitic attack with some gaps widespread internal delamination due to the galleries created by termites. To work on the broken mast was created in a joint chestnut wood with two male-female joints in the upper and lower, while the degradation due to termites are several wooden dowels needed. E ‘was removed a plank not original fir wood in the wing inner face reporting to view the panel in not carved area.
The intervention on the wing left, on the transom, on dark and on the door jamb has traced the previous intervention arrangements. The hardware was dismantled, stripped and stabilized to prevent oxidation, while the necessary fillings were made with stucco shellac. For the final protective coating is a product with high climate resistance was used given the unfavorable environmental conditions in which is placed the door. Finally, to prevent the excessive absorption of water in the lower part of the door favored the onset of biological attacks have been applied two shaped copper plates that have also improved the aesthetic impact of the door.


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Restructuring of a set of oak frames

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Frames in oak, 70 years of the twentieth century, Botrugno, LE.

State of affairs before the operation

Doors and windows not well made oak. In the past, window frames were the subject of a major woodworking intervention to try to mitigate planning errors. The brass bands have been added in this intervention.
The state of conservation of the windows was fair: numerous repainting prevented proper functionality of the fixtures, but the wood was in good storage conditions.

The surgery

The intervention goal was primarily to restore the functionality of the window frames, secondly remove the stratified coatings for use a protective coating of better aesthetic impact and especially of easier maintenance. The removal of paints present was the first, essential to have a clear picture of the conditions of the frames. E ‘was used to remove the paint remover liquid paint between the strip and strip. difficult to achieve with other mechanical tools.
For the flat surfaces it proceeded with a mechanical removal using a chisel transversely to the plane to lift the paint from the support.
Eliminated roughly paint in this way is passed to sanding with electromechanical sander to a smooth surface and ready to absorb the new paint.
It took some carpentry work and stucco spread.
Then it proceeded with the paint by brush in three drafts.
Some comparison images give an idea of ​​the work done
E ‘was chosen a synthetic paint impregnating wax Amonn effect, the product is called Lignex Renova plus.