This unique, new ASTM publication gives you a global perspective of various wooden monuments that are part of the great architectural heritage of Russia, the former Soviet States, Scandinavia, other European countries, and the United States. In addition to historical background, it details the latest techniques used in restoring and preserving these fragile wooden constructions. Much of the information is translated into English for the first time. 19 peer-reviewed papers are grouped into the following chapters:
A Primer on Wood Heritage--discusses the history of the northern Slav wood-built heritage from a worldwide point of view.
The Church of the Transfiguration on Kizhi Island--concentrates on this 18th Century masterpiece of log engineering and UNESCO World heritage site, located in Karelia, Russia. Topics include structural problems, wood condition, monitoring deformations, restoration, and reinforcement concepts.
Challenges of Log Structures--discusses the latest evaluation, conservation, and restoration techniques in northern and eastern Europe. This section also covers certain environmental problems, including how toxic chemicals used in wood preservation can affect the environment and human health.
Challenges of Frame Structures--details various preservation strategies used on wood frame structures in western Europe and the United States.
Special Studies--concentrates on two special conservation cases dealing with the totem poles of Sitka, Alaska and historic wooden structures from abandoned research colonies in Antarctica.
Wood Structures: Global Forum on the Treatment, Conservation, and Repair of Cultural Heritage