From time to time, in order to avoid letting our thinking get too narrow and insular, we like to look past the walls of our own lab and solicit the opinions of conservation colleagues on equipment, materials, and treatment methodologies. While there is an increasing body of conservation literature available, I find I miss the more casual debates that arise from working in a lab with multiple conservators, technicians, and interns. Since we have just one of each, we really appreciate conversations with our virtual colleagues at other labs and in private practice.
On that note, I’m interested to hear your thoughts about tacketing as a treatment method for reattaching heavy, laced-on boards. In general, I am a fan of using various modifications to the “Princeton Treatment 305” method for board reattachment published by Brian Baird and Mick Letourneaux in 1994, and there are other methods such as board slotting which offer repairs of comparable strength.
However, I’d like to hear your thoughts specifically on tacketing. Is tacketing your favorite, go-to treatment? Do you consider the treatment — which is, admittedly, very strong — to be too invasive? Do you consider it unnecessary in all instances, or appropriate only in certain circumstances? If you do use tacketing, what is your approach? Favorite tools and materials for executing the treatment? Please join the conversation in the Comments section below.