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Veneer Restoration & Conservation for Antique Furniture

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Antique Veneer Restoration in Oxfordshire

The Antique Veneer Restoration Process

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.

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).

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 Veneer Restoration 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.

Veneer Restoration FAQs

How is veneer furniture made?
Veneer is made from very thin slices of wood, sometimes bark. Which is obtained a process called “peeling” the trunk of a tree or by slicing large rectangular blocks of wood. This is then glued to a wooden substrate and used to produce veneer furniture.
When did veneer furniture become popular?
Veneer has been used in the production of furniture since around 3000 BC, but did not appear in England until around the middle of the sixteenth century, and was mainly found in Oak furniture originating from Lancashire and Yorkshire. This was in the form of geometric shapes usually hand sawn from Holly or Sycamore, or darker woods such as Bog Oak and Walnut. Natural stains were also used to colour woods with red, yellow and green.
What is the difference between marquetry, parquetry and veneer restoration?
When veneers are made from small pieces of wood, cut from the same larger piece of wood, then installed on the furniture so that their grain runs in opposite directions in a geometric pattern, it is called parquetry. The process of marquetry involves the creation of an image or a picture in wood. Veneering allows the use of beautiful woods, that because of any number of reasons, such as limited availability, cannot be used in its solid form for making furniture.

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 restoration work is done entirely by hand using traditional techniques.

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