• Tools/Equipment

    Published on 03-09-2010 12:37 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Art/Object Handling,
    3. Tools/Equipment,
    4. Casework/Fabrication
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    Submitted by Mark Slattery
    Originally published 1/15/09



    One of the perennial problems for preparators in the museum and gallery context is the repeated flatting and raising of picture containers many of which can have considerable heft. At the National Gallery, London, we routinely used to place foam blocks on the floor and manually lower the containers onto these pads. Depending on size and weight, additional staff would be required to ‘foot’ the container to avoid it slipping out at the bottom as the case tilts. Typically, these operations will tie-up five technicians
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    Published on 03-08-2010 03:15 PM
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    Compiled by Ashley McGrew
    Originally posted 12/14/08



    8” Dahle Supershear 50008

    I first bought a pair of these scissors while killing time in-between site visits near the old Talas location on Broadway right below Houston St. It seemed like a major outlay at the time (over $20) but I’ve got to say the very helpful staff there steered me well. I’ve used this particular tool under harsh conditions and yet it kept cutting like new. If you have ever tried to cut irregular shapes in Nomex with even slightly imperfect scissors you are familiar with the varmint
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    Published on 03-08-2010 12:31 PM
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    2. Art/Object Handling,
    3. Tools/Equipment,
    4. Casework/Fabrication

    by Richard Hinson

    When moving a painting of any size from one place to another it helps to have a specially designed cart to safely get the painting to its destination. Small paintings that can be carried by hand are susceptible to damage from excessive handling. Plus, there's additional risk from carrying the painting great distances. Small though it may be, when your museum spans the distance of several city blocks, hand carrying a painting isn't practical. And forget about the idea of
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    Published on 03-08-2010 11:23 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Crating,
    3. Tools/Equipment
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    A natural companion to the article on the custom tool designed and in use at the National Gallery in London, this posting is brought to PACIN courtesy of Jeff Coburn from Artex – Fine Arts Services
    Originally posted 2/22/09

    We were aware that a specialized piece of equipment was needed for moving crates during production and for packing. I ...
    Published on 03-01-2010 12:25 PM
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    2. Shipping,
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    Submitted by Matthew A. Mickletz




    The Sprinter (Dodge, Mercedes, Freightliner) has become a vehicle that many museums and professional art handling companies rely upon and sing the praises of. While it’s not the only vehicle in its class, it tends to stand out from the pack.

    I was recently tasked with researching and proposing a new vehicle to replace our current Art Handling truck. This article is not intended as a pro-mo for the Sprinter and I am in no way affiliated with any dealer or motor vehicle company. The following is a snippet of my research, with supplemental information and photos, to help explain the reasons as to why this vehicle is so popular
    and, in my case, fits the bill for my institution’s transportation needs. – M. Mickletz 11/09
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