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The Good Oil

A friend dropped in to see me this week with a horrific story of near disaster. She had been carrying out some maintenance around the home and had given her wooden veranda its annual oiling. One morning, before the breeze … 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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A George II Virginia Walnut Chest of Drawers – Part Six

Stupidly, I decided to polish this chest in a manner commonly employed in the mid-eighteenth-century, using linseed oil (and other natural substances widely available at the time). I say “stupidly” because at this time of the year – with high … Continue reading

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Making an English Comb-back Windsor Chair – Part Six

There’s a very marked difference between the mild to warm winters here in the Antipodes and winters back home in the Northern Hemisphere: I do most of my work outdoors (my small ‘workshop’ basically amounts to tool storage only) and … Continue reading

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