Methods of work
Generally my first priority is a conservational approach, i.e. preventing complete dilapidation and loss of material by sustaining the item and its care.
I particularly put an emphasis on preserving the patina: the staining of the wood, the wear and tear which apart from its form and design turns each object into a personal unique antique/piece of art history.
In the course of careful restoration work missing furniture parts and pieces of veneer are added using traditional materials (screws, old pieces of veneer, glues, polish a. s. o.) Antiques with a defective operational function are put back to their old working order, former restoration/ conservation damage is seen to as well as damage caused by attempts of trendy modernization.
Range of expertise
Construction repairs and replacements
Completion of veneer and veneering itself
Marquetry and intarsia
Turnery and carving
Historical wooden surfaces (like shellac, wax-mixes, resins)
Polishing, wax finishes
Polychrom frames, gilding
Regeneration of historical surfaces
Lining with marbled paper
Felt or leather coverings
Repairing and completing locks and fittings
Professional advice and documentation
Examination of material
Detailed plan of the preservation process
Contracts for service and maintenance