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Hunsinger Rocker – This late 19th century “the Lollipop rocker” was made by George Hunsinger and is highly collectible. We disassembled and repaired the chair to make it sturdy again and then worked with a local upholsterer to have a new seat installed. The chair, bought at an auction over 50 years ago, is quite collectible today.


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Art Deco display cabinet – This English Art Deco display cabinet from the 1930’s was very dirty and had loose and missing veneer. We cleaned the cabinet, patched the veneer and applied a shellac French Polish to revive the existing finish.


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18th Century Rocker repair – A dog with expensive taste chewed on the arm of a late 18th century rocker. We coated the damaged area with hide glue and then used two part epoxy putty to make up for the lost material. The epoxy was sanded smooth and then faux finished using shellac and dry artist’s pigments.


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Shaker Rocker repair – This reproduction Shaker rocker was cut down into a chair but the legs were WAY too short. We added new turned cherry stubs to the bottom of the existing legs and raised the chair to the correct seating height. Then we faux finished the new wood to blend with the old making a useable chair from a piece headed to the burn pile.


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Kleindorfer’s Desk – This early 1900’s spool cabinet and desk was from Kleindorfer’s General Store here in Bloomington. We cleaned the casework and rebuilt the desk lid and added leatherette material to the top. The desk received a light shellac polish to achieve a used but cared for presentation.


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Ten Thousand Springs Pavilion – Peter Brockman and Tim Puro were selected to be a part of a team that assembled a hand carved scale model of a Chinese pavilion at the Headley Whitney Museum in Lexington Kentucky. The Ten Thousand Springs Pavilion is a Smithsonian traveling exhibition and a crew of local artisans are recruited to assemble the exhibit. The model took almost three days to assemble and it depends on a clever joinery system to hold the model together. See post on the departure of the exhibit:


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This 1840’s Swiss/German sewing box had missing and loose veneer. The veneer was repaired and the case was cleaned using conservation methods.


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The veneer on the top of this 1840’s table was chipped and was removed when the piece was refinished years ago. Monroe Furniture Restoration reveneered the top with figured mahogany and French polished the table.


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This 1870’s ladies writing desk needed some repairs and a good cleaning to remove 100+ years of soot, dust, dirt and furniture polish. 20+ hours of cleaning revealed gold in the incised carving and a contrasting walnut and ebonized finish.


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A Golden Retriever puppy sharpened his teeth on this Black Forest carving of a fox. The fox, along with three other carvings, were repaired and restored on-site in an afternoon.


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Nail polish remover dissolved the finish on this nightstand. The damaged area was repaired on-site and ready to use within an hour.


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A fondue pot damaged this table top, imprinting the tablecloth fabric into the finish. The table was repaired on-site in an afternoon.


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Repair of broken wooden parts and caned seat


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Rejuvenation, cleaning and waxing of heirloom furniture


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Table top cleaning and spot finishing


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Veneer repair and refinish


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Leg repair with faux finish


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Repair and replacement of broken wooden parts


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Broken chair repair and refinish


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Pet damage repair


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Damaged furniture and scratch repair, smoothed, and faux finished


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Unnoticeable repair for burnt areas