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Keith Allen

I am a cabinet maker and furniture restorer and also lecture in the history of furniture.  I am based in North Dorset, covering central Southern England.  My work is mainly cabinet work including clock cases, re-upholstery, chairs, basically the restoration of all period and later furniture. 

Restoration and conservation work can be carried out at my workshop in North Dorset.  I also offer a French polishing, waxing and finishing service ar clients’ premises.

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Andy Blundell

Andy Blundell has worked for thirty years at the highest level in the Antique & Restoration industry and is highly skilled in all areas of furniture conservation.

Andy and his small team work on all styles and periods of furniture from sixteenth century oak, Georgian Walnut and Mahogany, to Victorian, Arts and Crafts and right up to twenty century design. A complete service is provided covering such skills like cabinet making, wood carving, wood turning, veneer repairs and reveneering, the conservation of wood finishes also French polishing and lacquer work.

With a friendly and approachable manner Andy will ensure that you are given the right advice on the particular job you may have, be it large or small and within your price range. Free Quotes are available on request.

 

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Jeremy Gow – Gow Antiques & Restoration Ltd.

We have spent the last thirty years actively involved in the restoration, conservation, and trade of fine antique furniture. During this time we have gained a wealth of specialist knowledge and experience. We also offer a consultancy service on different sides of the antiques trade.

We are heavily involved in the assessment of furniture following fire and flood damage. This service involves visiting the property, advising on damaged items and compiling a detailed report for insurance companies.

On numerous occasions we have been asked to advise on furniture acquisitions. Many items have been sourced for private individuals and collectors. Each piece has to be examined for authenticity, quality, colour and condition. This search and find process can be time consuming and hard work, pointing out potential problems prior to purchase.

On high value items we believe it is a must to seek advice to avoid disappointment in the future.

We have advised on the acquisition of antiques businesses, viewing the stock and reviewing the financial information.

Consultancy can also be given on the efficient running and organisation of a restoration workshop as Jeremy is on the vetting team for BAFRA.

For some large collections we have been involved in devising a long-term restoration strategy, ear marking pieces in most need of work

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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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Lenka Bashford – The Rug & Carpet Studio (Specialist Member)

The seven conservator-restorers at the Rug and Carpet Studio specialise in the preservation of antique and contemporary rugs and carpets from around the world. At their large workshops or in situ, they treat rugs and carpets from private collections to historic properties and museums

The conservators have 75 years combined experience. The conservators have achieved accolades including accreditation through The British Antique Furniture Restorers Association and The Institute of Conservation.

Clients include:

National Trust

Cambridge colleges

Numerous historic properties and museums

 

The studio can provide on-site assessments and arrange for handling and transportation where required.

Treatment:

Restoration/conservation: Our experienced conservator-restorers offer broad ranging treatment options for functional rugs and those on display, including robust repairs, support treatment and preventive advice.

Cleaning:

The studio offers extensive cleaning from dust extraction and surface wet cleaning of functional rugs and carpets, through to intricate surface cleaning of fragile textiles. Stain removal and mould treatment are available, along with specialist full immersion cleaning for smoke, fire and flood damage. Moth treatments are also available to remove moth and carpet beetle infestations, along with guidance on monitoring systems and prevention.

Documentation:

The Rug & Carpet Studio offers documentation services including survey assessments, condition and treatment reports and aftercare advice

                                                 

 

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Stephen Kember – Stephen T.P. Kember Ltd (Specialist Member)

Stephen Kember has been a Specialist restorer of antique cylinder and disc musical boxes (as well as the occasional automaton) for over 30 years. As well as offering a fully guaranteed restoration service for musical boxes and mechanical antiques, the shop in Rye displays a selection of fine antique musical boxes that have been recently restored to a high professional standard and are for sale. Each machine is offered with a two year guarantee. Please call or email to discuss your purchase or restoration requirements. Trade enquiries are welcome and world wide shipping may be arranged.

As well as being a fully Accredited Specialist member of BAFRA, Stephen Kember is also a LAPADA approved service provider and an Associate member of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers.

Goods in trust and transit insurance is in place.

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Malcolm Morrisen

I am a highly skilled furniture restorer and fully Accredited member of BAFRA with over 25 years of experience.  I am based on the Berkshire/Oxfordshire borders and carry our all forms of restoration and conservation across the South of England.

I offer bespoke restoration for antique and modern furniture including cabinet work, veneering and French polishing.  Listening to customers and advising the best way forward, I can sympathetically transform your old or damaged furniture back to its original beauty and revive its traditional appearance.  I pride myself on my work and the advice that I provide to my customers.

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