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The Delicate Work of Marquetry & Inlay Restoration
The painstaking and delicate work of marquetry restoration and inlay restoration demands that each piece is individually cut by hand. Colouring of individual pieces to blend with the original furniture, using traditional techniques such as sand shading, which is the process of applying heat to veneer in order to achieve a look of shadow and depth. Marquetry and inlay may be applied to many different types of furniture, including chairs, bookcases, cabinets and clocks.
The Process of Marquetry Restoration
Marquetry is the art and craft of applying pieces of veneer wood and other materials to furniture to form decorative patterns, designs or pictures using the grain or colour of the veneers. Marquetry designs can be quite complex, including floral and geometric patterns, and the range of materials can be varied. The timbers used in Marquetry include Holly, Tulipwood, Satinwood, Mahogany, Bird’s Eye Maple, Amboyna Burrs and many more including natural stained woods all which are used to build up a Marquetry design or picture.
The Difference Between Marquetry Restoration & Inlay Restoration
Marquetry restoration differs from inlay restoration, which is the insertion of thin pieces of veneer wood, bone, ivory, brass, copper or tortoiseshell into a base. Ivory, bone, brass, mother of pearl and tortoiseshell inlays can all be restored and missing sections replaced if necessary.
To discuss marquetry restoration, inlay restoration or any other aspect of an item of furniture that you might wish to bring back to its full glory please do not hesitate to contact me. All restoration work is done entirely by hand using traditional techniques.