I wanted to show people some of the repairs that are often involved in a piece that superficially may look to be in ok condition. This clock through out it's life had many home repairs and patch up jobs, but the damaged was never fixed properly and it was in desperate need of structural work and repairs to the veneer. The base of the clock was completely smashed, (bases of longcase clocks are are often damaged as the weights get dropped). The images below are just a small selection of the repairs. The first two images are before and after shots, the clock was restored in two stages which is why there is no hood. I will try to post an image of the compleat finished clock when I can.
I wanted to share with people a cedar wash stand that we worked on not long ago. It is a lovely piece in original condition, a rare survivor. When it came to us it was covered in a thick coat of dark wax and or grime. We spent many hours carefully removing the grime to reveal the original French polished finish which was in very good condition after some 170 plus years. The piece required some small repairs, cracks in the top were consolidated from the underside with dovetailed blocks. Other minor losses were filled with old cedar closely matching the grain and colour of the original material. A French polishing rubber was used to rebuild areas of the original French polish that was thin or worn through. The final process was a coat of clear hard wax which acts as a sacrificial coating that protects the French Polish.
I wanted to show an example of the correct way to repair broken turnings. Broken turnings are often badly repaired. An impatient or inexperienced restorer will attempt to glue them back together with a dowel. This never works, structurally or aesthetically. The turnings on this Victorian canterbury are very slender and quite a few were broken. When I repair turnings the damaged section is removed and a new section is turned and fitted, this makes for a seamless repair.
I wanted to share with people a desk I am currently working. It is based on a French style, Louis XVI and is a very enjoyable project. The main timber is Tasmanian Blackwood that has been veneered in ebony, tulip wood and Brazilian Rosewood. Parts of the Blackwood are French polished a Natural color other areas are black Japanned. As I have been busy moving workshop I have not had a chance to get much more done on it. But now that I am set up I will be able to get back onto it. I will show more images as I can.
I am now in my new self built workshop. It is not finished and there will be ongoing finishing work over the next 12 months. But it is weather tight, secure and I am set up with all my equipment and able to work. It's nice not having to pay rent and should allow me to spend time on studio work as well as commercial jobs. The photos are of early on in the construction. I have had a lot of help from family and friends which I am very grateful for. You can contact me on 0412 954 716 firstname.lastname@example.org
Frank van Brunschot Fine Furniture. Antique furniture restoration with a strong focus on conservation. Bespoke cabinet making, custom made furniture and French Polishing. Dining Tables, chairs, sideboards, bookcases and all types of high quality timber furniture and fit outs.