Traditional Glues


When analyzing the processes of constructing museum quality furniture, the most important part must be the type of adhesive used in its construction. The specific types of traditional glues are: hide, bone, fish, and rabbit. Furniture made by Aaron Radelow is only constructed using animal protein glues.

Protein glues have a successful, and proven track record that goes far back into history. For example, furniture crafted by the Egyptians 5000 years ago, still stands in museums today with their joinery held together by animal glues. Animal glues are organic, non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Protein glues are also easily modified to suit dynamic applications. Additionally, while their adhesions are extremely strong [chipped glass], these glues also allow for easy building modification. The best quality of these glues is reversibility. The glue’s cohesion can be reversed with heat and or moisture – a quality that is beyond today’s synthetic commercial adhesives.

True collectors know the value placed upon a piece of furniture will be determined (largely) by that pieces ability to last the ages. The object must remain as close as possible to its original condition. In other words. . . the condition when it left the makers’ workshop to be delivered.

With today’s glues that cure by irreversible chemical reactions, how will it be possible to perform future restorations having used these materials? This is why Aaron Radelow only uses traditional glues in the construction of classical cabinetry that can truly bear the title of, Museum Quality.