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In many museums, the best stuff isn’t out on display it is tucked away in the basement or in the hands of conservators. The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California has a world-class furniture collection, and if you’re coming to the Woodworking in America conference in Pasadena, California this October 12-14, come a day early and join us for a special behind the scenes look at the Getty furniture collection and the conservation shop. Tony Fortner is a long-time friend of Popular Woodworking Magazine and an instructor at the Cerritos College Woodworking program. He’s the guy we can thank for arranging this special tour. Here is what we’ll do.

Thursday morning a bus will leave the Pasadena Convention Center to make the trip to the museum. When we arrive, the 45 attendees will split into two groups. Each of these two smaller groups will take a special tour (at different times) of both the public displays and the private work areas of the conservators.


 

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