TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
“Each project of restoration is unique”. This statement is fundamental when approaching this professional field. It is precisely the uniqueness of the work of art, split in every small detail, that should encourage the restorer to identify himself with the creative thought of the artist, up to the point to bear in mind which techniques and tools are to be used when working to preserve to the best the work of art. Only in that case and only at the right moment, without pressure, can the actual work of the restorer begin. The restorer’s hands can then start using the right tools and the adequate techniques to bring the artefact back to its original beauty.
To a careful observer, what appears at a first glance is a curious situation that is typical of the restoration field: often tools and products designed for other purposes are used. The field “lives off”, so as to say, by adapting techniques created in other professional fields. This “adaptability” has by now reached historic levels that in part originate also from the field’s structural backwardness. Today, with the introduction of “scientific restoration”, restoration is considered among the “new professions”. Though it is precisely in its operativity that it still remains an ancient “craftwork”, despite new technologies are increasingly been used to support the restorer in his irreplaceable work.
In this section Phase has included a reasoned inventory of tools that have successfully passed the tests of the Superintendencies and Istituto Centrale per il Restauro (ICR), and which are used for different artistic and historic artefacts and for specific procedures during the restoration work. Indeed, our company aims at the continuous research of tools and scientific equipment with characteristics more and more specific to the restoration sector. Of no lesser importance is the large selection of safety equipment and protective products.