Early in October, Abatron, Inc. was invited to demonstrate its wood restoration products to a group of Master’s degree students in Historic Preservation from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The presentation was held on-site, in Fox Point, Wisconsin at a sprawling home on the shores of Lake Michigan, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1948. The students had educational backgrounds ranging from interior design and architecture to construction management.
Although the majority of the cypress wood on the home was still in very good condition, the thresholds on the south-facing doors were in need of extensive repairs. Neal Vogel of Restoric, LLC was hired for these repairs and the other restoration processes required to extend the longevity of the wooden features of the home.
The 15 students on hand were given a detailed presentation by Abatron’s sales manager, Richard Ahlstrom. on how to use epoxy wood-restoration products to repair and restore rotted and damaged wood. The on-site course covered topics including: proper surface preparation, consolidating soft wood using LiquidWood®, rebuilding missing wood with WoodEpox®, shaping, tooling, and finishing the repairs, tinting and coloring options, application techniques, temperature restrictions, paint compatibility, and much more.
Each student was given the opportunity to work with the products and get a real sense for the capabilities of epoxy in restoring rotted wood.
*Thanks to Anne Sullivan, professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for the included photos and the invitation to present. Thanks to Neal Vogel of Restoric LLC for coordinating this presentation.