Site visit number 4! Busy day as they say. But happy to say a new mahogany entry door will be made to fit the opening and I will be restoring the whole exterior facade. This is such a beautiful home and I’m honored for the opportunity.
Site visit in Brookline MA to restore the windows and some French doors. It’s a beautiful home with a great contractor @ceardai_style who will bring new life to an amazing home.
You want to discuss not being able to find help....well for me it’s easy to find carpenters, cabinet makers, installers, etc. Now try to find a restorer who can put pieces of wood back together like a puzzle! Forget the wood puzzle, how about compound angles miters that look straight from the floor. Keep craft alive they say, well let’s talk about preserving the past or even your new construction- 20 years from now. New construction, ha that’s easy. Let’s talk restoring a home, or adding an addition and having it look like it’s always been there. That’s where the craft is dying. Upholstery few respects it here in states. Finishing oh don’t get me started. Few actually think about the future when it comes to their home or their pieces. Why bother with such a post? Well to hopefully spark a fire in people, that’s why.
The Thonet bent chair from one of the many factories. Once hand caned but sadly converted over to a plywood seat long ago. That said the chair is elegant and comfortable as the day it was made. Currently working on 8- adjusting, tightening, repairing, and finishing the chairs while keeping the patina.
Site visit with @bostonexteriorremodeling to see if we can work on this gem of project together. Window replacement of non originals windows and restoring these original doors is the goal.
No filter! Many folks would say toss it, we will buy new moulding. I say give me a 1/2 hour per section and it’s good as new. You can’t replace most old profiles easily today. And most often there is no way you can match the age of the wood. So why not restore and repair? Most kitchens today will be replaced in 20-30 years, often sooner. Yet these traditional elements from doors and staircases will still be around in 20-30 years.
Before and after image!!! A church pew with so much history, and amazingly enough it’s 1 of 70. The wood varies from pine to oak(s) and even elm. The pews were not always painted but they were for ease of upkeep long ago. Fast forward to today and these pews are being brought back to their natural state with a splash of color to harmonize them. It’s been a process thus far to get the official okay to move forward but it’s a journey I have enjoyed. Fingers crossed as they say. In the end I’m very happy that my references and my past Clients have thought highly of me to give such raving reviews. Home stretch as they say, we will see....
Polishing hardware, either brass, silver, gold,copper, pewter, glass, steel, aluminum, etc- I use one simple product. The original never dull magic wadding polish. I have polished thousands of pieces and this is all I use. I learned about this product when I attended trade school at The furniture institute of Massachusetts. Simple and easy. Just takes elbow grease.
Have you ever sanded and scraped a piece for 12 hours? Boy does it take dedication and the will to do it right and only once. Now imagine doing this for 70 benches with one measuring 20 feet long! 😲. Well that is most likely the case. One thing is certain I can’t do it all alone. So keep your eyes peeled for I will be hiring some subs, and those apprentice requests I keep getting-well I’ll be saying yes more. If you like working outside and on period doors well you may be the person(s) I want. In the image you will finally see a stained religious pew. Boy am I happy to be at this stage. In a few hours I hope to apply my first top coat and then we are off to the races. Next week Tuesday I deliver the elm pew and wait for cretics. After that 42 benches are coming my way for phase 1.
Custom millwork is just part of the process in the shoppe. We can match anything detail and no job is too small or too large. It’s such a great feeling being able to save historic details versus tearing out the details and history of a home.
Today’s site visit/service call was to an old table I made a couple years ago. Supposedly it moved a little much length wise, but after much study it doesn’t. That did stop me from adding under the table structure to help reduce the small amount of movement that is common on large tables. Let’s see if this helps.
Often I get asked about my finish work, my finish schedule, or how I finish items x,y,z. Every time I say the same exact process, I dye the wood, seal with shellac, adjust color in shellac, seal with shellac, and body up with shellac. After that a varnish is often applied on top. But In the end the best finish is the padded shellac in my eyes. The clarity, the durability, the way you can manipulate the sheen. It’s just breathtaking. Why bother with such a post? Well @matthewchasewoodworks inspired me with his stories yesterday, and it brought back why I love finishing. Shellac is why! The finish sticks to everything and everything stick to it. Here I’m bodying up a mahogany table top, and only because it’s the best finish for the job.
So you want to see a massive door! Well take a peek at this gem and imagine 4 like it right behind it. Coming in at about 150 pounds. Made from Solid walnut, over 4 feet wide and over 10 feet tall. I can’t even express how ridiculously amazing these doors are. And I can’t wait to record myself moving these beasts and laughing. Find that niche and be known for it.
First big run for the new used van. Not bad for one load! Here you’ll find 11 doors that will be repaired, repainted, and/or refinished for Oak Terrace estate near the Hudson River in NY. I want to thank @twowheelinww Calvin for thinking of me! I strongly believe this is just the beginning for many projects to come. Many folks would say replace don’t repair. Yet here I am with doors well over 150 years old and they only need a little TLC. The honor to work on these doors, is all mine and leaving our mark in history is the goal.
These two solid mahogany doors were made by the young Calvin who is just 26th years young and the head carpenter at Oak Terrace. Give @twowheelinww a follow for some amazing woodworking.
Today’s site visit starts at Salem, MA, in this amazing period home other wise known as the Woman’s friend society. The society is known to have been the start of the first kindergarten in the north shore. Today the society helps females from all across the world with opportunity, food, and a place to live. I’m humbled for the opportunity and I look forward to restoring many of the items in the home.