Hander Woodworking was commissioned to conserve this 19th century German walnut bureau. It was hand built by an obvious master craftsman, exhibiting superb joinery, extremely fine carvings and precise marquetry; unfortunately many areas were in need of work. The top of the lower section had suffered significant splitting due to wood shrinkage and a number of pieces on the upper hutch remained merely as fragile, external skeletons of the originals, having their interior wood destroyed by powder post beetles. After determining the extent of damage, the infestation was killed and then the process of repairing and rebuilding damaged parts began. The arrows in the right photograph indicate the new pieces replacing the damaged originals.