Category Archives: colouring and polishing

Waxing Lyrical

Winters in Australia aren’t nearly as severe as those back in Ireland and England, but the recent daytime highs of 12° to 16° (54°F to 61°F) provide near optimal conditions for waxing furniture. Of course, waxing can be undertaken at … Continue reading

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Indian Varnish

In the seventeenth-century, highly fashionable imported goods from the East (such as printed fabrics and lacquered furniture) were often collectively referred to as ‘Indian’, no matter whether they originated in China, India, Japan, Korea etc. ‘Indian’ or ‘India’ varnish is … Continue reading

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Maintaining the Mahogany

Where footmen are kept, the charge of rubbing mahogany furniture devolves on them, otherwise it becomes the care of the housemaid. The chairs and tables should be rubbed well every day; and on the mahogany tables a little cold drawn … Continue reading

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One Man’s Figure…

A man walked into my workshop today, uninvited, unannounced and reeking of cigarette smoke. He had apparently heard rumours of the goings-on in my shed and had taken it upon himself to investigate. He walked straight up to a chest … Continue reading

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