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

Treasure Box #2 - Post #8 - Finishing cutting

It has been a while since I posted some update on our project.
I have been finishing cutting all the marquetry pieces except for the green bone, which is being died right now. I finally adopted a recipe of copper sulfate and turmeric, the arsenite for the traditional Paris green being out of the question.
So all the sides were cut.
I divided the top...

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And The SAPFM 2014 Cartouche Award Goes To...

And The SAPFM 2014 Cartouche Award Goes To...
Micky Callahan and Steven Lash Founded SAPFM
I joined the Society of American Period Furniture Makers the first year they started, and am proud of my membership number 170, since they now have over a thousand members across the country.  I actively participated in each of their early conferences at Williamsburg and wrote articles for the first...

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Upholstery Conservation


Upholstery Conservation
Home Sweet Workshop

I love having a business in a historic commercial district which is unique and that I have continued to exist in this location for so long without spending a dime on advertising.  All around me are restaurants, theatre events, clothing shops, gift shops and just about everything you would need for a diverse shopping...

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Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #7 - More cutting


I have finally cut all the side of our treasure box #2.
I have now started the top and finally decided I should consult.
Why did I draw so many small pieces. Now I have to cut them…
I have cut the top left corner. I am doing the cutting in stages as there is a very similar acanthus on each corner.
Treasure Box - Series #2 - Post #7 - More cutting
I am now currently cutting the top right corner with...

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Respect The Screw

Respect The Screw
Absolute Proof of Authenticity
I refinish and restore antique furniture.  I have taken apart and repaired or refinished over 10,000 pieces of antique furniture in my 45 years.  I am fortunate to see the "guts" of some amazing pieces.  I get to see the tool marks and construction details up close.  I get to examine the nails,...

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Complex Curve Repair Simplified

Complex Curve Repair Simplified
Another Day Another Chair Repair
I work very hard at being humble and modest.  People who know me will laugh at that statement, but I rarely, in fact, say that I am the "best" at anything I do.  That is because I know others who are my inspiration, who are dramatically better at what they do than I am.
However, I often walk home from work...

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Spring Clamps...Literally

Spring Clamps...Literally
Hand Surgery

I must have an unlimited source of clamping choices.  When you spend over 40 years repairing antiques you get creative with unique problem solving.
Most of the repairs I see come into the shop which have failed are the result of poor clamping efforts.  Face it, when the wood surfaces do not meet under precise pressure, even...

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