The Finger® in use conserving a plate from C. Collodi’s Pinocchio, Gift Edition, 1920.
Many conservators, in a variety of specialities, like to make their own tools. However this can be time consuming and distract the dedicated conservation professional from the more necessary tasks of endless paperwork. Last year, I introduced the now ubiquitous SPIT™. After a year of making prototypes and incorporating suggestions from testers, I feel I have finally perfected a new essential tool: The Finger®.
The idea came to me late one night when I was using a Yad to read my Torah, and I’m not even Jewish. The small size of the finger, and more importantly finger nail, would be ideal for the mechanical removal of surface accretions. FIngernails have an ideal flexibility and hardness. But a regular fingernail is often much too large for the types of delicate paperwork that conservators generally engage in, and is inconveniently attached to the extreme outer ends of our fingers. The Finger® is a delicate and versatile tool for use on the most sensitive of substrates. It has a pleasing weight and a gentle warmth, and will pay for itself after the first successful treatment. Above all, it will be a constant reminder that the conservator is subservient to the objects of cultural heritage that we treat.
The Finger® is made from hand carved swiss pear wood, 6″ (152mm) long and .6″ (15mm) wide at the palm. .25 oz (7 g). The nail is replaceable, contact me for current prices, though there is often a three month delay while I grow a new one of adequate length.
THE FINGER® (ITEM# FU) $495.00
7 Replies to “New Tool! The Finger for Conservation”
Perfect for the job – as they say, ‘come the hour, come the man” (or part thereof in this case).
This is a dream tool for all conservators!
A brilliant innovation. Please allow me to tender for the contract to carve these.
Hey! Is something wrong with my carving?!?
Jeff… Hate to tell you, but you can buy new nails at CVS. In all colors too!
Real ones? I don’t like the way the plastic or acrylic ones feel…
LOL! Love it. I can see many versatile uses for this tool if you are willing to think outside the box. Traffic signal, ring holder, non-verbal communication device…there’s a market for these! 🙂