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Expertly careful: Restoration following the old tradition.

To be able to carry back an antique piece to the original state, you have to get involved with the object, dissect with it and raise some love and understanding. In the last 25 years in this industry I have unfortunately seen many unprofessionally restored furniture. My motto is: “Only professional restoration adds value and brings joy!”

A beautiful old furniture in a modern living room emphasizes the individuality and personality of the owner. I offer restorations of furnitures from every era, inlaids (wood, tin, brass, ivory), country furnitures, upholstered furnitures, ceilings and doors. Furthermore I offer redesigns of furnitures according to the spatial demands and I also create shellac-polishes by hand in traditional way.

Please contact me for an initial personal interview, I like to create a free estimate for you. When commissioning, the pickup and delivery of your antique is of course free, all your objects are insured sufficiently in my atelier.

Traditional restoration.

With a professional restoration, the furniture is broken as well as fittings, glasses and small items are removed. Paint and possibly improperly installed coatings must be sanded. The wood is cemented and the pieces are glued together again. Then alcohol stain with the desired color is applied and a first coat of shellac is following. After drying, the ground is polished by hand as long as the famous shellac-shine arises. A closed smooth surface like on pianos can be achieved when all the pores are filled with pumice. In any case, a plurality of grinding and polishing processes are necessary. The cost of the restoration depends on the size of the piece of furniture, for example takes a seat about 10 to 12 hours.

Shellac-polishes by hand.

Shellac is obtained in India and Thailand from the excretion of an insect, the lac insect. These insects produce shellac to feed their brood, the rest is deposited on trees. To obtain, the branches are cut off and the shellac is knocked down. Shellac contains originally wax and is used for matte finishes. If one wants to achieve a glossy finish, the wax must be extracted from the shellac in several operations. The various shades of shellac arise from the area of ​​origin, e.g. dark shellac comes from areas in Thailand with red bottom. To get bright shellac, the coloring substances are filtered to the desired tint.

 

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