Antique Handtools Collection for Restoration and Creation
Florentine Mirror Gilding
Boulle Armoire Detail (re-creation)
Re-hydration of Hide Glue on a Antique Marquetry Panel
Marquetry Pieces for Treasure Box #1
For the Art Institute of Chicago, Boulle and Roentgen Marquetry
Bone Engraving for the Restoration of a Vargueño
Louis-Philippe Tilt-Top Table (Re-creation)
Pembroke Table #2 - Detail of the Top (Re-creation)
Preaparing Black and Blue Straw for Marquetry

News

Another Milestone for Old Brown Glue

I remember when I was asked by Joel at Tools For Working Wood to supply him with the liquid hide glue I developed and named "Old Brown Glue".  Before that, simple word of mouth about the glue meant that we would get a phone call from time to time asking if we could sell a bottle.  I guess we were selling about 3 or 4 bottles a week, on...

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Shop Tour!

Shop Tour!
Ring the Bell
The front door at my business used to have a stained glass transom window above it.  It was lovely, as it faced West and the setting sun would shine in through the glass.  My wife, Kristen made it, back in the "hippie" days and it really gave the front room class.
However, two things conspired to change that.  First of...

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Parchment Covered Table


Parchment Covered Table

It has been a while since i did parchment jobs. If I can give anyone advice it will be stay away from it.
I usually use goat skin parchment which is not as smooth and nice than the sheep, but larger. I needed big skin for that job. Parchment is like an animal, it is still very alive. It does not like moisture pressure and heat. If you press it real...

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COPE'S Patent?

COPE'S Patent?
Who is Mr. COPE?
I have posted several times about the importance of identifying original hardware as a primary means of authenticating antique furniture.  See my recent post on "Respect the Screw."  It is always a moment requiring thoughtful consideration as I work on antiques, whether I should remove a screw or other metal element which...

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Biedermeier/30's Dining Room Table #3: - Almost done


I had some more time to work on my table before to be really interrupted by the parcment job job
Biedermeier/30's Dining Room Table #3: - Almost done

You can see the post related to the parchment table there
Top as been veneered, with Old Brown Glue, our favorite liquid hide glue, shaped and sanded and I did straighten the edges for a nice clean fit.
Biedermeier/30's Dining Room Table #3: - Almost done

Biedermeier/30's Dining Room Table #3: - Almost done

I have ben playing with steam bending. Russ...

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I Miss Posting On My Bog

I didn't understand the lasting effect it would have on me to actually "retire" from some long term activity, like I talked about in the last post.  That was in March, when I quit all my activities in historic commercial revitalization and non profit management boards to focus full time on my business.
Now, 3 months have passed and, although I...

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Biedermeier / 30's dining room table progress

 

o Patrick did veneer the column.
He first put the veneer on an kraft paper to hold the fiber ni place, we were not sure this thick veneer will like the bending. The article can be found there http://www.oldbrownglue.com/articles.html
Biedermeier / 30's dining room table progress
What you see here is were the seem was made, on the overlap, using a veneer saw then using the reversibility of...

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