A passion and interest in fine antique furniture led me to pursue a
career in the restoration and conservation of antique furniture some twenty years ago.
My first place of study was at West Dean College, Sussex, where I learnt
the basic but important skills of fine furniture making. For example,
dove tail jointing, inlaying and veneering as well as fine tuning of all
hand tools, skills mastered by all competent furniture makers and antique
restorers. The course was tutored by Bruce Luckhurst who, after realising
the seriousness of my interest in furniture, enrolled me into his intensive
full time course in cabinet making and restoration and conservation of
Having passed successfully to credit level, I sat the City and Guilds
Furniture crafts subjects and furniture advanced studies certificates which
included timber preparation, traditional finishing, hand made furniture
construction, drawing, the history of antique furniture and industrial
Bruce's course was so intensive that relatively little preparation was
required to pass the City and Guilds course to credit and distinction levels.
All my work on this course attained distinction levels with City and Guilds.
On this course I learnt to make a 17th Century style mural cupboard which
comprised of frame and panel construction, cocked beading, dove tails,
joints, veneering, timber preparation, hand made mouldings, finishing techniques
etc. The second part of the course was where my interest really lay
as we studied conservation and restoration of antique furniture.
The furniture making part of the course had put me in extremely good stead
as a future antique restorer, so as to understand the mind of the original
maker of the piece I would be working on.
This is where I learnt to French polish, veneer and veneer patch, Japan
and gild, craft marquetry, splice on new missing sections of timber to
blend with original piece of furniture, make cross grain and hand made
mouldings, carve and generally restore any item of period English, Continental
or Oriental furniture from any wood medium.
This led me to my first professional workshop in Southwark near to the
City of London, sharing with two other antique restorers and a furniture
maker. Spending five happy years there, I then found my next premises
in Wandsworth, where I spent the next 10 years', ideal for the centre of London and the outskirts.
I have now acquired a west country workshop near Sturminster Newton and I can be seen toing and froing between there and London.
Although much of my work is trade based, most of it is private which
is my great pleasure because individuals, as I do, feel passionate and
sentimental about their antique furniture for a variety of reasons.
I can honestly say I enjoy and restore each piece of furniture as sympathetically
as possible using traditional techniques.
In conclusion, my motto is - careful investigation, sympathetic restoration
and complete customer satisfaction.
Diploma in Furniture Conservation/Restoration - credit
(Little Surrenden Workshops) 1990/1991
"City and Guilds" Advanced Studies & Furniture Craft - credit &
distinction - 1991