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Bill Ratcliffe – Craven Conservation & Restoration Ltd

Craven Conservation Ltd provides a professional conservation and restoration service for furniture and decorative arts. We offer a wide range of skills including cabinetmaking, surface finishing, marquetry, wood turning, gilding, cane/rush seating, traditional upholstery and all general restoration work. We complete work for the general public and take on projects of all sizes. We also complete work for museums and historic house and support other conservators on larger projects when required. We focus on traditional craft skills combined with modern conservation standards and techniques.

Director, Bill Ratcliffe has many years of experience and is fully qualified. These qualifications include City & Guilds in cabinet making, upholstery and surface finishing though to a Masters Degree in the Conservation of Historic Objects. Work is completed from a professional well equipped secure workshop in Newmarket, Suffolk.

We operate by appointment only so please contact us to discuss your requirements and we will do all we can to help and advise with your project, however big or small.

 

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Richard Cook – William J Cook & Sons

W.J Cook & Sons Antique Restorations was established by Bill Cook in 1962 and his reputation for outstanding quality of work quickly spread. Since those early days clients have included our own Royal Household, Foreign Royalty, the Government, museums, leading collectors, dealers and private individuals.

Whilst still retaining a London workshop, the business is now based in Marlborough, Wiltshire. With the cabinet making, machine and polishing shops, few other restorers are able to match our facilities. After training at the London College of Furniture, Bill Cook’s three sons are now actively involved in the business and their own children are being encouraged to pick up the tools with a view to taking the family tradition to a third generation.

The services carried out are many and include cabinet making, gilding, carving, polishing, lock repairs, leathering and upholstery. Also undertaken is an on-site waxing service in which restorers will visit your home and professionally wax all the furniture in your collection. Being a true family business means that every restoration commission undertaken is done so with great care as the name Cook has become associated with quality of workmanship and courteous service. An extensive in-house library, over fifty years’ experience at the highest level and access to furniture archives ensures that any restoration carried out is true to every detail. Indeed, we have recently written what is considered to be the definitive book on the subject of antique restoration. With over one thousand photographs it covers every aspect of the subject.

Virtually all of the restoration work is still carried out using eighteenth and nineteenth century tools, indeed even some of the machine tools on the premises are antique and our band saw was used in the construction of the panelling for the Queen Mary.

The importance of having furniture restoration carried out by our competent, qualified craftsmen cannot be stressed enough, for once a piece has been badly restored and the surface and patination spoilt by over zealous cleaning, the damage cannot be rectified. It is for this reason that one should always seek a restorers who is a member of The British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association (BAFRA).

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Stephen Cook – William J Cook & Sons

W.J Cook & Sons Antique Restorations was established by Bill Cook in 1962 and his reputation for outstanding quality of work quickly spread. Since those early days clients have included our own Royal Household, Foreign Royalty, the Government, museums, leading collectors, dealers and private individuals.

Whilst still retaining a London workshop, the business is now based in Marlborough, Wiltshire. With the cabinet making, machine and polishing shops, few other restorers are able to match our facilities. After training at the London College of Furniture, Bill Cook’s three sons are now actively involved in the business and their own children are being encouraged to pick up the tools with a view to taking the family tradition to a third generation.

The services carried out are many and include cabinet making, gilding, carving, polishing, lock repairs, leathering and upholstery. Also undertaken is an on-site waxing service in which restorers will visit your home and professionally wax all the furniture in your collection. Being a true family business means that every restoration commission undertaken is done so with great care as the name Cook has become associated with quality of workmanship and courteous service. An extensive in-house library, over fifty years’ experience at the highest level and access to furniture archives ensures that any restoration carried out is true to every detail. Indeed, we have recently written what is considered to be the definitive book on the subject of antique restoration. With over one thousand photographs it covers every aspect of the subject.

Virtually all of the restoration work is still carried out using eighteenth and nineteenth century tools, indeed even some of the machine tools on the premises are antique and our band saw was used in the construction of the panelling for the Queen Mary.

The importance of having furniture restoration carried out by our competent, qualified craftsmen cannot be stressed enough, for once a piece has been badly restored and the surface and patination spoilt by over zealous cleaning, the damage cannot be rectified. It is for this reason that one should always seek a restorers who is a member of The British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association (BAFRA).

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Simon Paterson – Paterson Restorations Ltd

At Paterson Restorations Ltd, I apply my personal skill and attention to detail to create a high quality conservation and restoration service.

I specialise in the restoration of Boulle, Marquetry, Fretwork and other intricate detailing and have extensive experience of working on rare and valuable antique furniture.

I feel that the restoration of antiques is ecologically sound.  Preserving our inheritance for future generations and care for the environment are important aims of this workshop.

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Philip Hodge – Philip Hodge Antiques

Restorer, cabinet maker and gilder for over 24 years and 22 years teaching courses on a variety of wood based topics.

Free estimates within a 10 mile radius. Can collect and deliver.

No VAT

You are guaranteed a professional service to the highest standards.

 

 

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John Carr – Charles Perry Restorations Ltd.

Charles Perry Restorations Ltd are Royal Warrant Holders to HRH The Prince of Wales Antique Furniture Restorers.

Our skills cover furniture and objects from all periods and countries. These skills include cabinet repairs, veneer loss replacement, hand polishing and waxing, traditional upholstery, carving and gilding, boulle and ormolu to name but a few.

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Ludovic Potts – Ludovic Potts Restoration

“I have been going to Ludovic Potts for furniture and other repairs and restorations for almost 20 years. I went first after seeking recommendations. Ludovic’s name repeatedly came up, I wouldn’t now go to anyone else, for all kinds of reasons. He knows what he is talking about; he has a wide-ranging expertise and is always honest about the options for any individual piece – and he can be refreshingly frank about what is not worth doing. I have always been impressed by the quality of the work, the precise attention to detail and the traditional craft methods he uses.  One of his first jobs for us was the restoration of a nice, if not particularly special, Victorian chaise longue.  After well over fifteen years of rough treatment it still looks and feels good. It is always a pleasure dealing with Ludovic, and he makes the whole process flexible and trouble free – from first contact to final delivery.”

Testimonial from  Mary Beard, Newnham College, Cambridge        

 

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