Monthly Archives: September 2009

Restoration of a Mahogany Dining Table Leg

The toe of one of the splayed legs on this dining table pedestal had been broken off on at least two previous occasions and the successive repairs including screwing and later gluing with PVA necessitated a more permanent repair. The … Continue reading

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Restoration of Tracery Bookcase Doors

Apparently while the owners of this circa 1775 mahogany bookcase were moving house, the removers had both doors wide open while they unloaded the books into packing boxes. When the bookcase was almost empty of books the weight of the … Continue reading

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Restoration of a Walnut Chest-on-Stand

The stand of this circa 1695 William III walnut chest on stand suffered badly from woodworm attack and general decay. On first appearances, the prospect of resurecting the stand, at least,  looked quite hopeless, but much worse looking pieces than … Continue reading

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The Archbishop and the Collie

Vinney the Blue Border Collie. When I lived in the South West of England, I shared my life with a blue merle Border Collie, Vinney (named after the delicious local Blue Vinney cheese). We were inseparable. In the village where … Continue reading

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Tripod Tables

I used to churn out large numbers of these useful ‘pillar and claw’ (the common eighteenth-century nomenclature) tables in elm, mahogany, oak and walnut. They were sold as ‘made-up’ and moved as quickly as I could produce them. Where possible, … Continue reading

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An Early Dutch Walnut Chair

A number of years ago I restored a unique seventeenth century Dutch chair belonging to the late Victor Chinnery (past President of the Regional Furniture Society, consultant to Christie’s, London and author of several publications and books including the standard … Continue reading

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Intriguing Dolphins

A phone caller enquired one day if I would be interested in making some copies of pieces of furniture for a client. I replied that I may be interested, subject to visiting the client and viewing the furniture to be … Continue reading

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A Pair of Carolean Walnut Stools

I made these two walnut stools for an antiques dealer who had acquired a sumptuous Flemish tapestry at auction which provided sufficient material to cover both new stools. There is nothing extraordinary about the construction of the stool frames – … Continue reading

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A Satinwood Serpentine Table

This commission was, on the face of it, quite enjoyable, but my respiratory system has an aversion to satinwood and within twelve hours of cutting the first piece, respirator or no, I developed quite uncomfortable cold-like symptoms. The brief was … Continue reading

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An Oak Side Table.

George II Oak side table, standing on club legs, circa 1740. The desire to make a copy of this table was one of the compelling reasons I took up my tools again after seven years of retirement. There are a … Continue reading

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