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Antique Veneer Restoration in Oxfordshire & Gloucestershire
The Antique Veneer Restoration Process
Antique furniture often boasts exquisite veneers, showcasing the craftsmanship of bygone eras. Veneers, thin layers of fine wood applied to furniture surfaces, add depth and beauty to these pieces. However, the passage of time can lead to veneer damage, requiring skilled restoration to revive their former splendour.
Wood veneer is a surface that can be easily damaged. The delicate surface means it can be prone to scratching or gouging, or moisture can seep underneath the veneer and loosen the top layer, causing bubbles to appear or the veneer to peel. When veneer furniture is damaged, you should seek the help of a restorer, you cannot simply sand away the scratches yourself. Clive Payne is a member of the British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association and can help.
Antique veneer restoration is a meticulous process aimed at preserving the original beauty and integrity of these unique pieces. It involves carefully assessing the condition of the veneer, identifying areas of damage, and employing specialised techniques to revive and protect these delicate surfaces. The process begins by delicately removing damaged or deteriorated sections of the veneer. Then meticulously cleaning and preparing the underlying surface before applying new veneer or repairing the existing one. Matching wood grains and hues with precision, expertly blending old and new elements, ensuring a seamless finish that retains the piece’s authenticity.
At Clive Payne, we source as much reclaimed veneer as possible to conserve items of furniture that are missing areas of veneer lost over time. Loose veneers are carefully lifted the old scotch glue is removed then it is re-laid using fresh Scotch glue, (sometimes referred to as hoof glue or animal glue).
Veneer restoration extends the life of antique furniture, safeguarding not just its physical structure but also its historical significance. Each restored veneer panel revives the elegance and allure of the original craftsmanship, allowing these timeless pieces to continue enchanting admirers for generations to come.
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 antique veneer restoration in Oxfordshire and antique veneer restoration in Gloucestershire, 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.
Antique Veneer Restoration FAQs
To discuss any aspect of an item of antique veneered furniture that you might wish to conserve or restore please do not hesitate to contact me. All antique veneer restoration in Oxfordshire and antique veneer restoration in Gloucestershire is done entirely by hand using traditional techniques.
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