Katharine Fernie Furniture
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Manchester Law Library Restoration

Furniture Restoration

I originally began my training in furniture restoration in 1986 which then led to me becoming a cabinet maker and designer.

Restoration involves many skills and techniques: cabinet making, veneering and inlay work, turning, carving, gilding, upholstery, french polishing, replicating and repairing metal work such as hinges, handles and locks, the list goes on!! It is important not to over restore a piece, where possible conserving what is there keeping the patina, warmth and history. Cleaning and waxing a neglected piece can completely rejuvenate it.

Vintage furniture is very popular and more hard wearing finishes can be used; lacquers, oils and varnishes from low sheen to high gloss.

So if you have a rickety chair or lifting or missing veneers, questions about woodworm, cup rings and water damage or something more major like missing components and major damage then contact me. I’m happy to give free advice and estimates.

Manchester Law Library Chair After Restoration
Manchester Law Library Chair Before Restoration

Victorian tub chairs restored for the Portico Library Manchester. The frame and joints were repaired, it was re- upholstered and re- polished. Pictures show before and after restoration.

19th century glass fronted mahogany cabinet. Turnings and mouldings were replicated in the workshop and the piece restored.

Mahogany Cabinet Before Restoration
Mahogany Cupboard After Restoration
Art Deco Display Cabinet Before Restoration

Art Deco display cabinet. Most of the sunburst glazing bars were missing and the glass broken. All were replaced and the piece re polished.

Art Deco Cabinet After Restoration
Restoration of Oak Rolltop Desk

Oak 1920’s roll top desk. The main drawer was stolen and the roll top damaged in a robbery. A new drawer was made and the top repaired. It was cleaned and waxed.

Art Nouveau bureau I made a duplicate decorative, brass strap hinge for this using the other as a template. One splayed foot and leg was damaged. A piece of oak was spliced in, re carved, stained and polished to blend into old.

Restoration of Art Nouveau Bureau
Tea Caddy in its Original State
Tea Caddy After Restoration
Inside the Tea Caddy After Restoration
Clock Case Before Restoration
Clock Case After Restoration

Tea caddy and clock case. Both items were badly damaged. Missing components were replaced, veneers and inlays repaired and replaced, cleaned, polished and waxed.

Work is mainly undertaken for private customers. However I can mention here some of the more public based restoration works I have done : Portico Library Manchester, Didsbury Parsonage Fletcher Moss, Manchester Law Library, The Literary and Philosophical Society, Withington Girls School, Manchester Language School at the lovely Georgian Moor Cottage in Didsbury.

Manchester Law Library. Chairs, tables and shelving repaired and cleaned. Several oak reading tables(pictured) were also made by myself.

Manchester Law Library Restored Chairs, Tables, and Shelving
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