two distinct types of multimedia shops, our foundation shops and
two on-site shops. The Foundation shops are full multimedium shops,
including steel fabrication, non-ferrous foundry, machine shop,
blacksmith shop, brass fabrication shop, wood and acrylic shop,
textile and paper shop and computer lab. We stock ample materials
for each of these disciplines, as well as for research and development
in any of them. We stock and have developed good sources for the
conservation-grade materials used in mountmaking.
Our On-site shops are streamlined versions of the Foundation shops,
and are tooled to perform any task in the field except metal casting.
If needed, the On-site shops draw more complex tooling and personnel
from the Foundation shop. Each of these shops are packed into a
truck. On site, we typically have a full and well organized multi-medium
shop unpacked and up-and-running within two days of arrival.
Multi-Medium Craft Disciplines
The discipline of Mountmaking for Artifacts requires a knowledge
of a number of different mediums, and application of a number of
different technical skills and tools. For instance, a museum may
be raising an exhibition that requires mounting an 800 lb meteorite,
a Native American feather headdress, a thigh bone from a brontosaurus
(6’ high), and a valuable Samauri sword. To make mounts for
and install each of these objects in themselves, requires a panoply
of multi-media fabrication skills. Multiply these tasks exponentially
and you have a fair picture of the type of organization required
to mount the artifacts in a museum.