Thursday, May 31, 2012

Wicker Repair Complete or Wife to the Rescue!

Here is the follow up to the wicker repair project...

Leg installed

Base coat of paint

Final inpainting with shellac and earth pigments

Replacing broken spokes on front apron

Spokes for corner in place

After much befuddlement, wife to the rescue!

She saved the day for sure

NGR dyes seen deep in crevices

Base paint with pigmented shellac beginning around corner


Hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my work.

Ps. Don't forget to check out the IndieGoGo page: . Only one week left!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Saturday, May 12, 2012

How to Repair a Rush Seat

Ever wondered if there was a way to save a damaged rush seat on a beloved antique chair? Completely re-rushing can, in some cases, detract not only from market value, but also aesthetic quality. Here is one way an old rush seat with portions missing can be patched to consolidate damage and visually blend the whole seat.

Damaged Portion

Fiber rush strand (a modern rolled paper rush alternative)

Open up the end a couple inches...

Snip it at an angle...

Lay hot hide glue into open end

Wrap the paper around frayed rush strand

I also glued the strands down to make sure I wasn't depending on the splice joint alone

Shape the strands to where you want them while glue is still hot

Halfway there

Gluing the ends of the splices to the underside of the seat rail

All in place

Use an awl or other sharp pick to approximate the worn texture of old rush

Begin inpainting with shellac, earth pigments, and NGR dyes

From the distance people usually view it at, the repair is inconspicuous.

The finished chair. Any questions, leave me a comment. I'll be glad to help.

Friday, May 11, 2012

The First Week

Hey everyone. The first week of the campaign has gone really well. We've received the first thousand dollars! Thank you so much!

If you would like to know more about this exciting campaign, come over to our IndieGoGo page and see more about it! >

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Furniture Restoration Crowdfunding Video!

I've just launched an IndieGoGO crowdfunding campaign to help fund a furniture restoration studio.

You can view all the details here:

If you are able and willing to support a small family business preserving and restoring our cultural furniture heritage, please consider contributing. Even a few dollars helps. Thank you for your support!