- French Polishing
- Leather replacement
- Locks and keys repaired or replaced
- Clock and Barometer cases restored
- Modern furniture repaired and refinished
- Turned pieces repaired or replaced
- Wax polishing
- Dining tables re french polished
- Durable hand finishes for table tops
- Chairs with loose joints re-glued
- Fire or water damaged furniture repaired and re-polished
- Bespoke furniture commissions undertaken
- Insurance quotations given
- Free estimates and advice
Explanation of some antique restoration techniques and terms that I use in my work:
Veneering: When a thin sheet of more desirable wood is glued on to a plainer piece.
Pearl glue: Glue that is made from animal hooves and horns. It is reversible, especially good for any restoration.
French Polish: A thin layer of a transparent film is applied to the surface of furniture.
Flush: Where two surfaces are level with each other.
Marriage: Where two or more parts of a piece of furniture are not original to each other.
Blind fret: Decoration cut out of a piece of solid wood and applied to a solid background.
Bog Oak: Oak that has been recovered from a peat bog. It is very dark, almost black.
Boullework: Brass is inlaid with tortoiseshell, sometimes pewter.
Brushing slide: A flat surface that could be pulled out from under the top of a chest of drawers.
Carcass: Basic frame of a piece of furniture, without any drawers, doors, or mouldings.
Carver: Dining chair with two arms added.
Cock-beading: Thin piece of moulding applied around drawer fronts. Used to protect the veneered drawers and frame of the piece.
Cross-banding: Inlay of many different types that had the grain running at right angles to the edge of the piece.
Cross-grained moulding: Moulding with the grain at right angles to the length.
Cushion drawer: A narrow secret drawer without handles just under the cornice of an Escritoire (a tall writing desk) or chest on chest.
Ebonizing: Black lacquer is applied to create the look of solid Ebony.
Feather banding: Strip of veneer made up from two pieces of wood, making a ‘herringbone’ effect.
Figure: Natural marks in wood that make it so attractive.
Gadrooning: Moulding, made by carving solid wood. Applied to the edges of tables, etc.
Gesso: Paste made from whiting, linseed oil and glue which sets hard. It can then be carved and gilded.
Gilding: Application of gold leaf.
Marquetry: Where different veneers are cut together to form intricate patterns and glued onto a solid base.
Mule Chest: Chest with the top as a lid, often with drawers underneath.
Ogee: Moulding that has both a convex curve and a concave curve.
Ormolu: Brass or bronze castings that are gilded and applied to furniture.
Oyster veneer: Veneers made by cutting across branches, creating leaves fitted together, and glued to a top.
Overstuffed: Upholstery that is wrapped around a chair seat, not only up to the frame like a drop in seat.
Parquetry: Marquetry, but made with geometric shapes of contrasting woods.
Paterae: Circular pieces of ornamentation, made on a lathe and applied to furniture.
Stringing: Line of usually boxwood or ebony inflated into solid wood.
Stuff-Over: Whole frame of a chair is covered with upholstery.