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Chair Caning Services
Over the last few months I have been commisioned to restore a range of caned chairs, including a fabulous Bentwood rocking chair, a painted nursing chair and a cane-backed armchair. All featured their own challenges, but I couldn't be happier with results.
This rocking chair needed the back panel to be french (blind) caned as the rear spline was too damaged to remove. This each individual strand had to cut to length and glued at both ends.
The blue nursing chair was a complete makeover as it arrived completly covered in white paint, cane included. So it was stripped back, repaired, repainted in Fusion Mineral Homestead Blue and recaned.
The armchair has been the lastest project and included more than 170 holes over the curved back.
If you'd like to know more about the chair caning service on offer please contact me: email@example.com
Vintage Bentwood Trunk
I was asked to create something unique that could be given a house warming gift to someone who loves to travel and as luck would have it, this particular piece had been patiently waiting in line to get the Little Sausage Home treatment. This had belonged to my Nana, Eileen Emily Jenno and was use during her nursing training in the 1940s. But since then it's been mainly used as storage in lofts and garages collecting dust and it was time it had a new purpose and a new home.
I started by severing the last remaning leather hinge to separate the two halves, making it much more manageable to work with. I stripped out all the old, musty, peeling lining paper and gave it all a good clean. Then it was on to the outside, where the leather handles needed some urgent emergency care. I used a saddlery leather balm to revive them as they were so dry and cracked. After several applications they finally resembled leather again. Next it was a case of reviving the wood and metalwork, which had grown rusty over time. I used methylated spirits, steel wool and a lot of elbow grease to remove the years of grime and restore some of the shine before finishing with a dark wax to show off those bentwood bands.
After adding some new hinges, a set of modern steel hairpin legs, painting the original hessian covering in a hard wearing black acrylic paint, I focused on the inside. First using a heavy weight lining paper to smooth out all the bumps, it was decidied that not only would the antique map paper suit the trunk it would also suit it's new owner perfectly. A new internal plywood base that was stained to match the bentwood banding was fitted, in part to hide the new fixings required for the legs, but also to give it some structure. As a finishing touch I created some elastic strapping inside the lid to provide an area for extra storage in keeping with the style of the trunk.
The House of Upcycling
I'm very proud to announce that we are now an associate member of the House of Upcycling.
The House of Upcycling is the UK's foremost independent authority and resource website for professional upcycling and offers a highly unique professional membership and members (known as Associates) have worked with organisations of renown including the KLC School of Design and in 2020 the BIID (the British Institute of Interior Design) welcomed HoU as an Industry Partner.
The House of Upcycling website not only continues to be the most comprehensive resource to find a professional upcycler or piece of upcycling to suit your exact requirements,they also raise the awareness of the environmental and economical benefits of professional upcycling, something which is the main ethos of our business.
Our latest piece is an unusual one. Called 'Manhattan' by P. & S. Woods Ltd and marked with the CC41 stamp, I instantly fell in love with its odd lines and shapes despite its poor state. But I could see it had potential. After a lot of wood salvage, repair, blood, sweat and a few tears 'she' is finally ready for a new home.
We were recently nominated for a new industry award, in the category Technical Refinishing Artist of the Year. We didn't win, but had an amazing night meeting fellow furniture refinishers from all over the country. Also the fabulous creator of Fusion™ Mineral Paint, JennyLyn Pringle.