Childs nineteeth century country rocking chair before restoration and upholstery work.
The chair had loose joints, a broken rail and was in need of reupholstery.
Broken rail on back of chair, a previous attempt at repair has only worsened the damage.
Here the break in the back of the chair can be seen from below.
Stripping off the old webbing, revealing weakened seat rails.
Chair dis-assembled, joints cleaned, now ready to be reglued with fresh animal glue.
Screw used in previously attempted repair on the arm.
Screw hole filled, hole covered with hard wax and colour matched.
Webbing attached with small tacks and staples to avoid further damage to rails.
Coconut fibre (coir) stuffing attached to seat with stuffing ties and shaped.
Calico over the coir stuffing, temporarily tacked on.
Decorative nails shown here, also cleaned spring units and new upholstery fabric.
Traditionally upholstered seat ready to be used again.
Back of the chair, showing the broken rail, now repaired.
Broken rail cleaned up, nail removed, glued with traditional animal glue and clamped.
Completed chair after restoration and reupholstery.
This occasional table was dented, scratched, had a broken leg and damage to the finish.
Water damage to the French polish finish, scratches and dents visible here.
Here you can see the damaged French polish finish and the broken leg.
Leg fixed, dents lifted and colour changed to customer preference using coloured shellac.
Veneer repair on oak veneered tabletop, two seperate areas of damage to the veneer.
Veneer repaired on same tabletop, both repairs colour matched ready for final finishing.
Oak table before paint removal, glueing the boards back together and refinishing.
Oak table after paint stripping, now refinished with a heat, alcohol and water resistant varnish.
Traditional hand tools used in much of our restoration and upholstery work.
Some of the natural pigments we mix for use in colour matching. Stains and dyes are also used.
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