Fine arts conservator used old tree for latest project

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - There's a new exhibit at the Cape Fear Museum that showcases the art and science of object conservation.

Fine arts conservator Todd Jorgensen is consolidating a broken portion of a six-foot-tall longleaf pine tree from the museum's collection. The tree was cut down in colonial times.

Part of the tree had been boxed, or cut away, to collect tapped resin - which was used to make turpentine or seal boats made of wood.

Workers at the museum describe the conservation as part chemistry and part art.

The tree will be on display at the Cape Fear Museum in April, but the new exhibit "Conservation Matters" opens Friday, Nov. 6.

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