Water Damage Restoration
Floods, leaks and spillages cause a large proportion of damage to furniture, causing staining, swelling and lifting of veneers.
As a hydroscopic material, timber absorbs water so if furniture is left for an extended time in a damp environment, the wood can become swollen causing joints to weaken and split, and veneers or inlays to bubble or loosen and lift. I can dry out furniture, stabilise and strengthen joints and fixings, plane or reconstruct swollen sections, reset or replace loose or missing inlays or re-veneer surfaces.
Veneers – Marquetry, Parquetry & Inlay
Due to changes in temperature and humidity, veneers, cross-banding, stringing, marquetry, parquetry and other inlays can lose adhesion and lift away from the surface they have been applied to.
Veneering is a technique whereby expensive or rare timbers, carefully selected for their natural beauty, are sliced into thin sheets and adhered to cheaper timber. Some of these expensive woods are too unstable to build entire pieces from. Thin sheets of veneer are carefully placed in various patterns to display and enhance the wood grain.
Rush and Cane Restoration
I carry out restoration to rush and caning work, ranging from cleaning and conservation to full replacement. This specialist work is still carried out by hand as it has been for many centuries.
I can reproduce virtually any pattern including, double cane, medallion backs, close cane work, and secret caning. On more modern pieces of furniture, pre-woven cane is sometimes used.
Depending on the level of damage, residual deposits such as soot can be removed using sensitive cleaning processes and refinished. Where more serious damage has occurred, rush can be replaced using traditional hand-weaving methods and refinished with a protective shellac coating.
Clock movements can be fully serviced and restored to full working order with intricate parts replaced or reconstructed as appropriate. Movements are stripped down to clean each part, before looking for signs of wear and checking that the wheels and pinions engage properly. Parts can be redressed or replaced before re-assembly and oiling.
I restore most types of clock, from longcase or Grandfather clocks to mantel, bracket, wall or table timepieces, and have many replacement antique components to facilitate this.
My advice is that where a clock has been damaged, handling the movements should be avoided, because dismantling and setting up clocks is more complex than may be anticipated.
Fire Damage Restoration
Furniture rescued from a fire damaged property can be affected in various ways, ranging from soot residue and water damage to scorch marks and burn damage.
Soot residue is best removed as quickly as possible to prevent further penetration. Depending on the cause of the fire, soot can be very oily and become deeply ingrained in the surface of wood. This can usually be lifted by specialist cleaning or stripping processes and refinishing the surface.
Fires are often extinguished using water which in itself damages furniture. If the property is exposed to the elements, furniture can be further damaged by water or animal ingress.
Impact Damage Restoration
Furniture can be damaged in numerous ways: by incorrect handling or transportation, pet damage, burglary damage, vandalism, accidental impact and abrasion.
Broken joints and frames can be repaired and strengthened to restore the functionality items. Typical damage includes broken runners, hinges and other fittings or broken inlays such as glass and mirrors.
Scratches, abrasions, indentations and gouges can be skilfully removed or filled, toned and refinished to blend with surrounding areas.
Missing sections can be reconstructed, re-veneered or remoulded – all techniques we employ to restore an item to its former condition.