Instructions on how to take wood samples for dating
For dating purposes a sample of
only a few milligrams of wood dust is needed, which has to be taken
fairly deep in the wood and after having removed the first 2-3
mm of the surface. To take the samples use a normal electric drill
having a milling-bit with a diameter of less than 3 mm (generally available in
all hardware stores), possibly as the one shown in the picture, which
produces a hole of the same
dimensions as a woodworm hole.
wood powder must be gathered on a piece of white paper, which is to be
folded carefully, sealed and mailed directly to the Museum laboratory.
It is advisable to always take two samples for each piece of wood to be
dated. In the case of furniture or objects composed of various wooden
parts, take samples from at least two different sections.
Extra tips on how to take samples:
Please send the samples to the address of the:
Museo d'Arte e Scienza - via Q. Sella, 4 I- 20121 Milano
Prices to the public (VAT not included)
of 1 sample (only for tropical and
equatorial woods) :
Measurement results are communicated by mail or fax.
A plastic-coated certificate with a photo of the object can be issued only if the sample was taken at the laboratory of the Museum or by an authorized person. Additional cost: €50
Museo d'Arte e
Tel: +39-02-72022488 - Fax: +39-02-72023156
Mr John McGee -
Southwest Ranches - FL - Phone:
954-6890497 - Cell: 954-801-4121 -
Mr John McGee - Southwest Ranches - FL - Phone: 954-6890497 - Cell: 954-801-4121 - firstname.lastname@example.org