Selected Reading On Architectural Woodwork

Procedure code:
640001R
Source:
Preservation Technology Source Book
Division:
Wood and Plastics
Section:
Architectural Woodwork
Last Modified:
08/11/2016

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This standard includes a listing of some known sources that may be referenced for additional information on specific issues relating to this subject.

Articles/Papers

  • Bock, Gordon H. "Removing Interior Woodwork; Clever Ways to Avoid Destroying Your Trim." The Old-House Journal, June 1985, pp. 97, 108-111.
  • ________. "Wainscot, Construction Details and Repairs." The Old-House Journal, January/February 1990, pp. 30-36.
  • ________. "Reviving Railings." The Old-House Journal, July/August 1990, pp. 45-46.
  • Boorstein, James. "Practical Issues and Solutions in the Conservation and Replication of Historic Woodwork". The Interior's Handbook for Historic Buildings, Vol. 2. Washington, D.C.: Historic Preservation Education Foundation, 1993, pp. 3-15 - 3-22.
  • Cole, Gerard MacLachlan Jr. "Carving is Really a Matter of Organization." The Old-House Journal, May/June 1989, pp. 27-31.
  • Eisenberg, Donna T. "Identifying Wood Rot." Building Renovation, November/December 1993, pp. 35-39.
  • Freeman, John Crosby, and Eve Kahn. "Built-Ins." The Old- House Journal, March/April 1987, pp. 52-57.
  • Labine, Clem. "Refinishing Paint-Stripped Woodwork." The Old-House Journal, January 1976, pp. 1, 9-10.
  • ________. "Restoring Clear Finishes; Reviving Is Easier and Cheaper Than Total Stripping." The Old-House Journal, November 1982, pp. 221, 238-241.
  • ________. "Selecting a Clear Finish For Paint-Stripped Woodwork." The Old-House Journal, November 1984, pp. 197-199.
  • ________. "A Study in Architectural Panelling." Traditional Building, November/December 1990, Vol. 3, No. 6, pp. 9-16.
  • ________. "Labine, Clem. "Staircases and Parts", and "Staircases and Parts Sourcelist." Traditional Building, July/August 1990, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp. 27-35.
  • ________. "Casework & Contract Wood Interiors", and "Casework & Contract Wood Interiors Sourcelist." Traditional Building, November/December 1991, Vol. 4, No. 6, pp. 17-24.
  • Leeke, John. "Big Column Repairs." The Old-House Journal, September/October 1988, pp.46-49.________. "Exterior Wood Columns, Practical Repairs for Do-It-Yourselfers." The Old-House Journal, October 1982, pp. 195, 212-216.
  • ________. "Installing Architectural Columns." The Old-House Journal, June 1984, pp. 96-99.
  • ________. "Shopping For Columns." The Old-House Journal, May 1984, pp. 71, 82-84.
  • Lief, Judith Siegel. "Finding Your Niche in the Paneling Market." Traditional Building, May/June 1993, Vol. 6, No. 3, pp. 30-38.
  • ________. "Architectural Millwork: Enriching Detail", and "Architectural Millwork Sourcelist." Traditional Building, March/April 1991, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 13-26.
  • Park, Sharon C. "Exterior Woodwork No. 1: Proper Painting and Surface Preparation." Preservation Tech Notes. Washington, D.C.: Preservation Assistance Division, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1986.
  • Poore, Jonathon. "Woodwork Repairs." The Old-House Journal, May/June 1987, pp. 32-37.
  • Poore, Jonathon & Patricia. "(The) Best Way to Replace a Tread or Riser." The Old-House Journal, March 1983, pp. 40-41.
  • ________. "Repairing Wood Stairs: Anatomy of a Newel." The Old- House Journal, July 1981, pp. 160-162.
  • ________"Repairing Wood Stairs: Balusters & Handrails." The Old- House Journal, June 1981, pp. 138-139.
  • Technical Staff, OHJ. "Wooden Staircases." The Old-House Journal, March 1981, pp. 64-65.
  • Weeks, Kay D., and David W. Look. "Exterior Paint Problems onHistoric Woodwork." Preservation Briefs #10. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of the Interior, 1982

Books

  • Belle, John, John R. Hoke, and Stephen A. Kliment, eds. Traditional Details for Building Restoration, Renovation, and Rehabilitation; From the 1932-1951 Editions of "Architectural Graphic Standards". New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1991.
  • Weaver, Martin E., with F. G. Matero. Conserving Buildings: Guide to Techniques and Materials. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1993.

Other References

  • Avrami, Erica C. "Preserving Wood Features in Historic Buildings: An Annotated Bibliography." Washington, D.C.: Preservation Assistance Division, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; and, Murfreesboro, TN: Middle Tennessee State University, 1993.
  • Bleekman, III, George M., et. al. "Twentieth Century Building Materials: 1900-1950: An Annotated Bibliography." Washington, D.C.: Preservation Assistance Division, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior; and, Murfreesboro, TN: Middle Tennessee State University, 1993.
Last Reviewed: 2017-08-13