Wood is one of the most widely used materials for works of art. Readily available and easy to shape, artists and craftspeople have developed and practised an abundance of different woodworking techniques. Wood was employed for making furniture, sculptures, musical instruments, everyday objects, and also as a painting support before the introduction of canvases.
In a scientific study we identify the wood species and determine its age using radiocarbon dating or dendrochronology. We also identify and document toolmarks and traces from traditional woodworking techniques or modern power tools, allowing us to place an object in its historical and cultural context.