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    RE: White "crystallization" on wood African object

    Of the several hundred masks from all over the world, some collected as early and mid 19th century, most of the ones displaying surface features of a white crystallization substance were from Africa.  These are similar to those images or descriptions ...

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    Wood preservative on old wood farm equipment

    Our site has old farm equipment original to the family that owned the farm for 150 years. We are building temporary shelter for some wooden pieces that have just been outside for years, and are wondering about also using a wood preservative. It looks ...

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    RE: Exhibit labels question

    The best thing I have come across in many years is 3M 4910​ VHB tape. It is a clear acrylic gel tape that is stretchy and will roll off of any surface without leaving a residue. Passes Oddy tests. Pricey but, but 3 - 4 strips 1/2" long is more than enough ...

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    RE: White "crystallization" on wood African object

    The responses have been on the right track.  The goal is to characterize/identify the crystals which will tell you whether they are from the wood itself or an applied substance.  The latter could be part of the original manufacture of the object, or as ...

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    RE: White "crystallization" on wood African object

    Linda,  As suggested by others, a diagnosis is tough (at best) in such a venue.  However, may I offer my suggestions (two cents) as well. Usually wooden artifacts have been subjected to the concept that they need to be oiled, which they don't.  These ...

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