Bookcase Commission

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Applying mouldings to the foot with a scratch stock

Applying mouldings to the foot with a scratch stock

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New bookcase standing next to the original bookcase.

New bookcase standing next to the original bookcase.

 

Biscuit jointing to make wider boards for the sides,top and bottom.

Biscuit jointing to make wider boards for the sides,top and bottom.

A Cabinet Scaper when used properly gives as good a finish as sandpaper.

A Cabinet Scaper when used properly gives as good a finish as sandpaper.

Carcase ready and prepared for glueing up.

Carcase ready and prepared for glueing up.


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A commission to build a bookcase to match in style,material and colour of an existing original bookcase.The original is in a Regency style and built from BrazilianMahogany.

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Restoration of Louis XV1 style chair

With the discovery of Pompeii and Herculaneum, people grew completely fascinated with Greco-Roman style, now having more historically accurate ideas of the styles and motifs. The goal became to create chairs and furniture that were as close to the originals as possible.

The various furniture styles that evolved in France under the Neo-Classical period are quite congruous and difficult to separate. There isn’t a definitive break in the styles, but instead a flowing development of French style from prior to the Revolution up until the fall of the Napoleon Empire. Neo-classical style bears its own distinct hallmarks, but how these motifs are interpreted speaks volumes about the ideals of the populous, and those of their leader.

Thus, the variety of chairs during this period do not change so much as their details, ornamentation, and subtleties in the shapes of their frames.

This chair is an English reproduction of a late 18th century lounge chair made in around 1880.

Dismantling,repairing the component parts and reassembly of a Louis xvi style chair

Dismantling,repairing the component parts and reassembly of a Louis xvi style chair

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Hare And Moon Bygone Nostalgic Chest Of Drawers

Here we have on offer our Hare And Moon Bygone Nostalgic  Chest Of Drawers.

This piece is a collaboration of talents.
Christopher Roe, Cabinet maker and furniture restorer.
Dar’ya Meszkes  Artist and Artisan.

A fusion of design style and use of materials.Marrying Retro with vintage and Antique giving a classical feel but with a contemporary edge.
Old odd drawers lost from their original use, abandoned ,found or donated,carefully and thoughtfully restored with use of reclaimed Oak and Mahogany.Including the replacement of all drawer runners to give a second life of smooth form and function.The drawer fronts are a contrast of light and dark with use of Satinwood,Mahogany and Ash.Some of the handles and drawer knobs are original to the drawers,or reclaimed replacements sympathetic to the era of the drawer.Beautifully designed Art nouveau Copper handles (Top right Satinwood drawer) Mid 20th century brass plate 18th century reproduction handles with worn patina.(Hare drawer) Museum Style (1930’s)sunken drawer knob.(Right hand second down from the top)Victorian drawer knob,turned in apple wood.(Third drawer down)Edwardian Pierced brass plate handle.(Bottom right drawer)1950’s filing cabinet brass handle(Bottom left cupboard),The top left drawer  was completely hand crafted  from reclaimed Mahogany,all made in the traditional style with hand cut dovetails.The Wooden knob turned on my own lathe and the design was taken from a late 19 century American chest of drawers.Designed into the chest are two cupboards,one large and one small. The small cupboard has been fitted with a reclaimed brass lock with key and escutcheon,adding a little novelty and intrigue.A great hideaway for a diary or some important documents.
The eye catching focal point of this piece is the skilfully applied  hand painted decoration.
Inspired by children’s books mysterious legends, fairy tales and old book illustrations.The Hare was inspired by the artists fascination of natural history. Insects and animals,old fairy tales,movement and speed.
The Moon Dreams,inspired by surrealism,the dreaming world and fantasy.
And the key  illustration,inspired by an old match box with key drawing motif.
The carcase is constructed from reclaimed 17 mm plywood ,giving a retro 1950’s feel .Each corner has been through mitred,displaying beauty in construction giving a seamless joint and avoiding an exposed plywood edge on the sides.The plywood has been left open on the front edge to enjoy the detail of the construction of the material itself.This adds to the design and gives an industrial modernist flavour.
The leg style is classic 1950’s design.A splay leg hand crafted in Beech wood,adding lightness to the structure.The wood was reworked from broken and abandoned 1970’s chair frames.
The drawer finishes have been reworked and polished with traditional Shellac and handmade wax polishes.
The carcase has been stained with traditional vandyke water stain to enhance the veneers and blend with the older surfaces.Finished in a modern and durable satin glaze finish and waxed with hand made carnauba and beeswax polish.
This uniquely designed Uber piece of furniture will compose well in many interiors.
We love this piece and we hope you will to.
Dimensions: Width 1200 mm Height 1220 mm Depth 442 mm
This Piece is for Sale,for all enquiries please find contact details on my website. IMG_9990 IMG_9989 IMG_9984 IMG_0059 IMG_0031 IMG_0041 IMG_0035 IMG_0033 IMG_0054 IMG_0025IMG_0374
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Old Drawers

I acquired a number of old drawers from a photography studio that was closing down and selling of stock used as props and storage.The drawers were missing the original carcass .The piece of furniture would have been called a Wellington chest or plan chest,probably used for storing drawings or plans for buildings or land. I did some research on the style and design of such furniture and decided to rebuild the carcass in the style of what might of once been.Reclaimed yellow pine was used as this is the timber the drawers are made from and an exact colour match could be achieved.Built in a traditional frame and panel construction and finished with shellac and handmade wax polish.Picture 141 Picture 142 Picture 145 Picture 146 Picture 148 Picture 147

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It’s not all furniture restoration

When driving or cycling around ,If I see a skip,then I have to have a quick look inside.I found this small wash stand upright in a skip in Chorlton Manchester,the base of the stand was missing.I had already bought an Ikea brushed steel pan rack which was still in its box and I didn’t like it that much.But I thought maybe the two could be combined to create something upcycled and interesting.I thought the wash stand upright had potential,made in solid oak and underneath the pink painted tiles i could see they were a rich warm Victorian green colour.

Skip find in Chorlton Manchester

Skip find in Chorlton Manchester

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Camphor wood Chest

Featured below are before and after restoration photos of an antique Camphor wood chest.Restoration involved gluing back broken or fractured areas of the lid,removal of wood from the front section of the lid to accommodate for shrinkage.Refitting of the lid,so that it functions properly and closes again.Cleaning reviving and building the surface finish.Colouring out bleached defects in the surface finish,probably caused by something leaking whilst it was stored in a garage.The handles look to have originally been electroplated in brass,this is expensive to do and the decision was made to respray in a matt black paint.

Cleaning reviving and polishing to reveal the true beauty of this timber

Cleaning reviving and polishing to reveal the true beauty of this timber

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Before, during and after restoration

Photos showing before during and after shots of a pair of Antique late Victorian mahogany balloon back dining chairs.The original surface finish has been cleaned with a mixture of Methylated spirits,Pure Turpentine,Acetic acid,Brasso, Washing up liquid, and Ammonia.Given a good shake this emulsion of ingredients is very effective at removing the build up of dirt and grime,water marks,paint(from when people have redecorated a room and not protected the furniture)very rare to come across old furniture that doesn’t have paint spots on it 🙂 All the stuff that obliterates and hides the natural beauty of wood and isn’t desirable as patina.

Another fine job done by Chris Roe at furniture Restoration Manchester

Another fine job done by Chris Roe at furniture Restoration Manchester

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Restoration to remove deep scratches

Pictured below is a fine Regency Satinwood sofa table with Rosewood crossbanding . The table had some deep scratches in the surface finish.The process of restoration involved using a polishing rubber charged only with methylated spirits

Restoration involving  reworking the surface finish

Restoration involving reworking the surface finish

IMG_0247.This was worked in small circular movements,followed by small figure of eights then large figure of eights and finally straight lines,all working with the grain direction. The purpose of this is to rework the existing surface finish and in moving the shellac finish around the scratches are gradually filled.

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Any Artists out there ?

Pictured below is a late eighteenth century Satinwood Pembroke table with floral painted decoration.I have a possible commission to make something similar but I don’t have the knowledge or the skills to do the painted decoration.Are there any artists out there able to do this type of work? Further photos show the type of floral decoration in a similar style.If you think you can do it and you live in the UK please make contact through the website.

Know anyone that could do this type of painted decoration

Know anyone that could do this type of painted decoration

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Gothic American Steeple Clock

The case has been carefully restored ,involving glueing down any lifting Rosewood veneers.Glueing back the broken Gothic finial.Consolidation of the paper label inside of the case to prevent further losses.(The label shows the makers name and how to operate the clock)  A replacement door has been made with use of a Mahogany substrate and an old rosewood veneer to match with the original in exacting style and form.I was lucky enough to find a piece of reverse glass painting  on ebay that is the perfect size.The clock door would have had something like this originally.The

Another one saved from the grave by Chris Roe at Furniture Restoration Manchester

Another one saved from the grave by Chris Roe at Furniture Restoration Manchester

Picture 340 Picture 339 Picture 343 Picture 341dial has been repainted and then a transfer print applied ( Supplied by M&P Clock makers supplies) The glass used in front of the clock dial is period 2mm glass complete with bubbles and imperfections. The clock movement has been restored by a professional clock restorer and now works perfectly.  This clock is for sale,please enquire if you are interested contact details are on my website.

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