Furniture Restoration

The subtle craft of furniture restoration has often been unfairly maligned. This is largely due to the fact that the only restoration ever to receive attention is that which is done incompetently. When done well, the work will not be noticeable to any but the most highly trained eye, and can only enhance the value and appearance of the piece. To this end, I use only the best quality materials, period timbers and veneers (of which I have a large stock), and all the techniques used are essentially traditional and hand based.

I have been a full accredited member of the British Antique Furniture Restorers Association  (BAFRA) since January 2009 after passing an extremely thorough workshop inspection and skills and knowledge test.

Membership of BAFRA also requires a 3 yearly submission of  a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) document to show progress made in the profession. An edited version of my latest CPD return can be seen here.

 

 Restoration services available include;

  • French polishing, wax polishing, and colouring work
  • Wood carving and wood turning
  • Ivory and tortoiseshell work
  • Shagreen and metal inlays
  • Veneering, marquetry, fretwork  and inlay work
  • Metal work, including locks and keys
  • Upholstery work and desktop leather inlays
  • Chair making to complete a set
  • Barometer repairs (including mercury barometers)
  • Period and vintage lighting repairs

Large dining table from a local country house in for re-polishing and repairs

The same table after return to its home.

The same table after return to its home.

Table after polishing in workshop

Table after polishing in workshop

 French kingwood and parquetry cabinet c1730

This cabinet arrived in the workshop in very poor condition, having been subjected to some very poor restoration work in the recent past, including replacing missing mouldings and veneers with woodfiller, and paint. Some of the ormolu mounts were missing, and these had to be cast using lost wax casting techniques, and then gilded to match the originals. The missing mouldings and veneers were replaced with the correct species of wood, including kingwood, rosewood, walnut, thuya burr, and yew wood and replacement antique mirror glass fitted to the doors. The final result was absolutely stunning.