When Josh McCauley, The Conservation Center's Senior Gilder and Frames Conservator, asked his colleague Stephen Ryan, Senior Furniture Conservator, to collaborate on treating a massive 18th century Spanish colonial frame, there was only one thing on his mind: Steve's superb selection of tools. "Carving is very physical, very demanding. I knew with Steve's help, we could share the workload and accomplish something extraordinary," said Josh. "Plus, I knew he would have the coolest tools to bring over to my workspace." The first ever major collaboration between these two departments resulted in one of the most gorgeous frames we've ever seen here at The Center. "This was one of the toughest jobs I've ever encountered," said Josh. "But it was such a satisfying project. Plus it was nice to have Steve make a very special guest appearance in my studio space."