Both structural and appearance jobs .Firstly structural is bring back the piece to the condition of useful service . Paying particular attention to structural integrity . Second is maintaining intact the patina that is crucial to the value of said piece . That my friends is fine woodworking : so fine you can't even see it . Specializing in precise match on finish .
The rate is $100. per hour .what essentially is over 25 years experience covering in-depth hands on discovery of what is before me . As an example ,recently I was asked to appraise a table that was given to a client . They had a vague idea that the piece was old , Because their grandfather bought it . Upon inspection I revealed that what was thought of as antique ,was in fact a reproduction . Freshly minted around 70 years ago . This goes to show you what you see is not exactly what it is . I know this because , in my experience in restoring furniture has shown me that fakers have been around just about as long as the original craftsman . My business is based on the craftsmen's point of view . All done in under 10 minutes cost of education to clients $20. .Because they decided the value was in keeping the table as a reminder of grand-pop , and one day it will have earned title of Antique . All the while linking family generations .Priceless to them .
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this is a photo that shows me and my work .During a vary busy Saturday at the world trade center in Boston .
Upon initial inspection :Wood-black cherry . Joints : Housed . semi-handcut . This where my interest change dramatically . Original intent was to procure material for new pieces to build .Well the detective in me awakens . I look at several factors . First of the 16 glue blocks used .Two are missing , solvent check results reveal hide glue blocks used . Then I look at the mechanical fastening of top to apron ,this is where glue blocks are used . Reveals questionable practices because holes used are sloppy , meaning walls show evidence of tearing , but no burning or scoring and , varying depth and ,angle of drill entering wood . . This could mean ether someone built this along time ago . Or someone else tried to make it look like they did . Further investigating clearly required .
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