A woodworker for more than 30 years, Walter Furlan is a graduate of Willowbank School of Restoration Arts in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Walter also has a B.A. in Labour Studies from McMaster University. His work experience includes consulting, project management and conservation of historic windows and other elements at more than a dozen National Historic Sites.
“Each restoration project is unique. All of my work is guided by sound conservation principles as set forth in The Venice Charter International Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites (1964), as well as the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada and The Ontario Heritage Tool Kit. These guidelines offer consistency when planning for, intervening on, and using historic places and has been adopted by several federal, provincial, territorial, and municipal authorities, as the benchmark for assessing proposed conservation interventions.”
Wherever possible, existing heritage material is conserved with minimal intervention and techniques that are reversible. Where that is not possible, historic and/or sympathetic materials are sourced locally.