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Wooden Artifacts

Who We Are

The purpose of the Wooden Artifacts Group (WAG) is to improve knowledge of all subjects related to the conservation of wooden objects, to promote proficiency and skill in the practice of conservation of those objects, and to disseminate technical and professional information related to them. It deals with topics such as upholstery ethnographic carvings, architecture paintings on wood panels, insect fumigation, and, of course furniture.

Formed in 1986, the group now has nearly 375 members. Visit their external site >>

What We Do

Annual Meeting

Specialty groups coordinate specialty programming for AIC’s Annual Meeting. Programming sometimes corresponds with overall meeting theme, sometimes concentrates on a special theme and frequently includes collaborative efforts with other specialty groups. Topics covered include collections management, treatments, updates on research, disaster recovery, research and analysis, case studies, techniques, and other issues. The program is usually a full day or more of paper presentations, panel discussions, tips sessions, workshops, as well as a business meeting and social events. Program content is then sometimes assembled into publications and resources.

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Specialty groups maintain listservs, which are valuable forums where colleagues with similar interests and experience can share and exchange ideas and practical information, facilitate open discussion, disseminate group-related news, questions, job postings, announcements, comments of interest, and general information. Listservs are closed lists. Subscription to them is benefit of membership in the specialty group. All new members of the group are automatically subscribed to the list. To unsubscribe, contact the listserv moderator. All messages are archived and are searchable.

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Publications and Resources

Specialty groups prepare topic-based publications, typically though not always a collection of concepts presented at the AIC's Annual Meeting turned into long-form articles. While not peer-reviewed, these postprints present a wealth of information about current topics in conservation as well as insight into conservation treatments. They also produce publications and resources that range from catalogs of conservation treatments and techniques, to conservation wikis, and to various special topic publications and resources. Electronic and print versions of past and current publications are usually available in the store, either free or for a fee.

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Online Community

To stay up to date on the latest discussions, events, announcements, and more, please visit the Wooden Artifacts Group's online member community. It is an online professional networking community in which members can connect, discuss ideas, pose questions, and more. Events and online resources are listed on it as well. Go to the link below, and then login with your username and password.

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How We Work

Each specialty group is managed by officers who guide the group based on its adopted Rules of Order.

How to Join

For more information on dues and how to join this group, go to Membership.