Armchair Restoration – Fractured tenon
Sometimes a tenon is broken perpendicularly to the wood fibers, this is what we call a fracture. There is tremendous pressure on chairs joinery. Therefore, for those joints to uphold that kind of strain, it needs structure. Common mistakes would be to drive nails or screws to fasten the parts together creating underlying conditions for […]Read More
Boulle Marquetry Decanter Restoration
Restoration of a Napoleon III Boulle marquetry decanter.
Typical Boulle marquetry is made from turtoise shell metal such as brass, and woods such as ebony or ebonized veneers. The metal is engraved and inked.
Boulle Clock Restoration
18 months ago we started to work on a Boulle clock restoration for a gentleman back east.We received the clock piece by piece, starting with the top to show the process and what we could do to our client.First thing was bronzes removal The lose brass elements where lifted and then, the fish glue in […]Read More
Parchment Covered Table
It has been a while since i did parchment jobs. If I can give anyone advice it will be stay away from it. I usually use goat skin parchment which is not as smooth and nice than the sheep, but larger. I needed big skin for that job. Parchment is like an animal, it is […]Read More
Little Gilding Job on a Huge Frame
I have been fortunate to get another great gilding job for Antique Refinishers, inc. in San Diego. The client who sponsored me years ago to learn gilding had a huge painting, one of those with the gold background with a huge dark walnut frame. He asked us to add some gold to it to tie […]Read More
Gilding a carved frame
A year ago one of our clients sponsored our business Antique Refinishers in San Diego to sent me to learn gilding.Coming back form Portland, Oregon where I learn with Nancy Thorn I started on a restoration on a frame from our client. The mirror had been “restored” with gold paint over the giding on 50% of the […]Read More