Clive Payne

Traditional Hand Finishing of Antique Furniture

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Traditional Hand Finishing in Oxfordshire & Gloucestershire

Our Traditional Hand Finishing Process

With traditional hand finishing, we are able to repair and revive original surfaces or sensitively refinish them. Watermarks, scratches and other surface damage can be removed to restore the original detailing.

All hand finishing work is done by hand, using traditional methods and recipes to make our own unique wax using wax from local hives, and shellac polishes to finish every piece of furniture to the highest standard, we will only remove a surface if it has become so badly damaged or has had a modern varnish applied, the item will then be fully refinished using the traditional methods.

Member of the British Antique Furniture Restorers Association (BAFRA)

The British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association (BAFRA) is a nationwide organisation of skilled people engaged in furniture conservation, furniture repair and furniture restoration. Every BAFRA member is an expert in their field and is actively involved in Continual Professional Development to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments.

Over the years Clive has developed the highest of standards in Traditional Hand Finishing in Oxfordshire, joining the British Antique Furniture Restorers Association (BAFRA) in 1997 and now specialises in conserving and restoring oak and country furniture from the 15th to 18th centuries, together with all furniture from the early 18th to 19th centuries.

Traditional Hand Finishing FAQs

What is the process of traditional hand finishing?
For centuries furniture was hand-finished using linseed oil. The grains on oak furniture were sometimes filled using linseed and dust. Liquid polish or shellac, a natural material which we buy in flakes, was dissolved in alcohol to make liquid shellac. This was applied to timber using a brush. Several coats would have been applied before being left to dry and cut back prior to wax finishing. Beeswax was used to enhance the colour, over time this is built up and with the atmosphere of a particular piece’s surrounding area together with its use a deep lustre and patina is achieved.
Can traditional hand finishing be restored?
Today, if you see a piece that has what appears to be raised grain then this is, in fact, the oil and dust being forced out as the timbers shrink. We are able to repair and revive original surfaces or sensitively refinish them. Watermarks, scratches and other surface damage can be removed to restore the original detailing.
What is the difference between traditional hand finishing and French polishing?
Around the beginning of the nineteenth-century French polishing was introduced, this was applied using a soft pad covered with a fine linen, the liquid shellac was applied into the pad and then rubbed over the surface in circular motion forcing the polish through the linen, once the polisher had achieved a satisfactory look the surface would be spirited off using a thinned down shellac and oil.

To discuss traditional hand finishing 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.

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