Veneering repairs, marquetry and parquetry

  • Supplying wood veneers of all type of timber species whether from period stock or new.
  • Re-veneering all aspects of furniture from new tops to chest of drawers to dining tables, or matching up crown figures and burrs.
  • Repairs to damaged veneers from burns and re-lay lifting veneer from bubbles or carcase movement.
  • Old veneers are a lot thicker than modern veneer and these can be cut to match with the original.
  • Oyster veneers of laburnum, holly, walnut and boxwood can be made, especially for 18th century furniture.
  • We can make up cross banding and stringing to match originals in various patterns.
  • Hand cut stringing in boxwood and ebony from old period stock.
  • Make up missing marquetry patterns from the originals or designing traditional copies all in keeping to the period of a piece.
  • Veneers can be stained and coloured by sand burning to produce the shading that was very popular especially with Dutch furniture.
  • Central motifs of shells, oval and round fans, stars and corners of quarter fans.
  • Greek key and dentil cross banding copied and replaced for table edges. 
A selection of stringing typically found on antique furniture, that I keep in stock.
Detail showing how veneers can be etched in ink to highlight shape and form.
Marquetry top to a Victorian trumpet table where veneers were re-laid.
A beautiful re-layed, marquetry fall front to a ladies writing desk designed and manufactured by Edwards and Roberts London.
Lots of marquetry detail was missing from this 18th Century card table. Project was to make new sections from period stock and colour and polish to match existing.
Showing interior of a Rosewood William 1V games table. Replacement sections for the chess board and backgammon sides where they were damaged by water. A complete restoration was carried out to the table.
The interior of a early 18th Century table cabinet showing extensive seaweed marquetry. To secure all loose veneer and replace missing sections.
A completed mahogany card table after restoration to the marquetry on the top and base.
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