Parts & Veneer
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Cherry Desk Leg Replacement
This project was basic enough - two legs were detached, one was loose, and one was completely missing. Artisans task was to removing the loose leg, reattach the three existing ones securely, and make a new one to replace the one lost in a move.
We'd point out the new leg - but honestly, we forgot which one we replaced! That is actually an honest statement; not just an arrogant advertisement. That, and perhaps our memories have been burned out by breathing finishing chemicals!
Victorian Footboard Molding
A small project, the replacement of a curved molding lost during a move. A common problem with moving is damage or loss of loose pieces. We can often replace a small, but vital missing piece very close to the original patina and contours.
Victorian Chairs & Setae Restoration
This restoration of two heirloom Victorian Chairs and a Setae is a perfect example of a classic problem, missing toes, and missing feet.
Furniture often sits in wet areas or sustains damage during moves resulting in damage to the legs and feet. These pieces were found in an unfortunate state, their family linage intact but their structure was not. The goal is to return them to a functional and esthetic state.
Any furniture that is missing a leg or even a toe instantly looses a significant amount, if not all, of its collectors or antique value. Artisans can reproduce toes, feet, or even a whole leg to bring your piece back to life and regain its value.
Fortunately there was one remaining foot intact. That allowed us to take a pattern and develop a template to create four and a half replacement feet. One leg allowed us to attach a new section and keep an existing toe, the other four were completely gone!
If we do our job, these three pieces will be back on their feet (literally) and the restorations will be barely noticeable. In addition, the back legs are rotted and will be spliced to extend them back to their original length.
The chairs and setae have now reached the point where they are structurally sound and the feet are carved and fitted.
This project took a while - and served as a great example of a restoration requiring extensive parts replacement. Now complete - these pieces were rebuilt and now refinished appropriate to their period in a gloss lacquer finish.
Clock Molding Restoration
A Christmas injury - this clock was hit by a trampoline ... yes ... a trampoline. Apparently a child's gift was used in the house Christmas morning in front of the family's grandfather clock.
The result should be obvious from the photos above, a simple slide of the trampoline smashed the corner off the clock.
Working on a clock is a rare occasion we may work onsite. We highly prefer to work in our shop, but, we dislike moving clocks more than we dislike working onsite. Minor restorations such as this can be done in place, as was this clock.