Work in our shop

Restoration or Refinishing?

Restoration or Refinishing?

Clients will sometimes ask me “What’s the difference between furniture refinishing and restoration?” Here are some thoughts on the subject. Restoration Donald C. Williams, retired Smithsonian conservator of wooden artifacts, provides us with a good definition of restoration: “Restoration is the process of returning a damaged artifact […]

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Grandma’s Trunk Rescued from Barn

Grandma’s Trunk Rescued from Barn

We got a call from a client asking us if we would come out and look at Grandma’s trunk .It was sitting in the corner of a barn and was much abused. Could we restore it? I told the man we did restorations but maybe what was […]

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Night Stand or Work Table?

Night Stand or Work Table?

This little table was purchased by our client many years ago.  He brought it to us and asked if we could make it presentable again. It had several coats of varnish that had crackled and then paint had been applied over that crackle.  It was a mess! […]

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100 yr Old “Before” Pics

100 yr Old “Before” Pics

Recently we repaired a mahogany dining chair for local potter Barb Lund.  The chair is part of a set of dining chairs that have been in her family for generations. According to family lore, the chairs were purchased Barb’s great grandfather Alexander Delmar in France in the […]

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Shaker Chair Repaired

Shaker Chair Repaired

Our recent post on the repair of an Old Hickory rocker reminded me of the Shaker rocker we repaired a while back.  The rocker is a modern reproduction of an Enfield Massachusetts Shaker rocker that had been mistreated. We guess that the rocker was broken at some point […]

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Old Hickory Chair Repair

Old Hickory Chair Repair

A client brought us an Old Hickory chair with a woven seat and back.  The chair started as a rocker but the rockers had been removed at some point.  The antiques dealer that sold her the chair said it would be easy to turn this rocker into a regular chair.  “Just add […]

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Spoon Rack Repair

Spoon Rack Repair

This late 1600′s/early 1700′s spoon rack came into the shop for cosmetic work.  the piece is made from rift sawn white oak.  It has the gently dishing of a scrub plane on the back and rose head hand forged nails holding the casework together.   The case had […]

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