Services include:

  • Conservation
  • Veneering
  • Inlay
  • 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.