At the workshops of ARTIS Gilding & Restoring, the preparation of wooden surfaces for icon painting is an important part of production, requiring a technical multi-stage process. Each stage is carried out with great care, following faithfully the traditional Byzantine techniques and prescriptions, and takes place under tightly controlled conditions and within a controlled environment. Choice of materials, cut of wood, as well as the creation and application of gesso plaster mix are only some of the stages which require utmost attention to detail and thorough quality control measures, so that ARTIS can guarantee each product is of the highest quality and made to last. When it comes to gessoed wood panels for icon painting, ARTIS Gilding & Restoring offers gessoed wooden panels, flat or contoured, made from both natural wood (linden) as well as marine plywood in a variety of sizes.