This is a new oak chevron floor being fitted over U.F.H. A chevron floor differs from standard parquet as the ends butt together forming a point, which gives a stunning but subtle quality floor.
Marking out the floor and the angle of the oak chevron points are so critical in the laying and setting out of the oak chevron. Every section of oak must be cut exactly to give a crisp edge.
Choosing the correct adhesive is vital for the long term durability of the floor, especially with U.F.H. This first mix is being prepared and mixed slowly keeping aeration to a minimum. We have 2 hours working time before the adhesive sets rock solid. The green bucket keeps the area clean !!
The pointed wood is sections of the oak chevron awaiting stick down onto our plywood base.
This existing oak parquet floor is being sanded with our latest machine. The heavy varnish is being removed to reveal the parquet blocks.
The cut out section on the right was removed for marble tiles to be inserted.
After the initial sanding of the oak parquet, we use a finer grade sandpaper to smooth the parquet. Notice the oak parquet is now being smoothed at 45`
This Existing fireplace was carefully removed to have new floorboards fitted to the wall
Ensuring our antique pine fitted, we cut the original columbian pine flooring back to give a staggered look.
Fitting supporting joists to the sub-floor. Our newly fitted reclaimed pine boards match a treat, in a way that new pine boards can’t match
The leather top (skive) has been carefully repaired with small leather patches. These have been dyed and carefully inserted into the burnt holes. The surrounding area then coloured with special pigments to match the original patina and colour.
The worn areas of 23.5 carat gold leaf was water gilded and finished to match the original.
Now fully restored, the fully restored writing table is carefully returned to our satisfied client.
This beautiful french writing desk has a number of necessary repairs, the fine marquetry is being repaired in this (upside down) pic.
The fine leather top (skiver) has many deep burn marks, many down to the wood base, in an antique of this quality, the leather is better repaired than replaced as the value and authenticity will suffer.
The gilded mouldings are quite worn and require 23.5 carat gold leaf to restore to pristine condition
You can see the burnt leather skiver – possibly – probably cigar or cigarette damage.
The antique leather top writing desk now filled and repaired.
Fine French antique writing desk, fully restored
French polishing a staircase – especially a spiral staircase is not easy, the various natural wood colours have to match seamlessly. We achieve this by adding earth pigments into our french polish until the stair sections naturally blend. once completed the staircase is then carefully beeswaxed to a lustre finish for many, many years of service and pleasure.
This heavily moulded oak paneling is destined for a university in Cambridge. After lightly sanding, we made sample panels to check and ensure our work matched the existing 18C. The stain being applied is a traditional stain made from charcoaled walnut husks. This gives a unique warm nutty colour,ageing the oak beautifully.