Staff and volunteers in the Conservation Lab work to preserve the many artifacts on exhibit throughout the year. From polishing brass fireplace pieces to replacing missing decorative pieces on the gilded frame of a painting, the conservation lab sees all types of artifacts come through its doors. Furniture, metals, framed art, statues, upholstery, ceramics, mirrors and much more are repaired, cleaned and prepared for exhibit in our historic house museums and galleries.
Four volunteers in the Conservation Lab spent the last couple of years working to reproduce ten back stools based on a collection of six antique back stools in the Tryon Palace Collection. These ten back stools will be used for interactive interpretation in the Palace. From just pieces of wood, a combination of modern machinery, traditional tools, and skills, the volunteers shaped the pieces and assembled them into chairs. Currently the ten chairs are undergoing staining and finishing. Upholstery in leather or damask will be the next step in the process.