We are Pepie O’Sullivan and Nigel Barnes. We have a passion for quality materials and workmanship and we understand all aspects of chair restoration.
Antique chair restoration
We aren’t antique dealers; we do antique chair restoration – we specialize in Antique chair restoration. Up until our recent retirement we were restorers and conservators specializing in antique chair restoration. We think that all restoration including antique chair restoration should be appropriate to the particular piece. Sometimes the conservation approach is a consideration, especially for rare and valuable items.
We acquired extensive knowledge and experience restoring furniture and seating using traditional methods. We give tuition and run courses on all aspects of antique furniture restoration. That includes woodwork, French polish and upholstery. In addition we run courses in clock repair, clock case repair and country chair making. The restoration methods we have used over the years are basically the same as the original construction methods.
We’re always happy to answer any question and queries to do with antique furniture and chair restoration. We also give advice about furniture styles, dating, market values and trends.
Contact us if you need advice about restoration or traditional upholstery.
He is the secretary of the Irish Horological Craft Forum www.ihcf.ie
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We don’t repair modern furniture and we don’t re-upholster modern couches and chairs.
But we understand antique chairs and how to restore them. We also understand their place in the evolution of domestic furniture
If your antique chair is a bit wobbly it could just need dismantling and re-gluing. The joints gradually loosen and blocks or braces that reinforce the corners often need replacement. For more serious cases Nigel will give advice about making up new frame components. We are happy to give advice about antique chair restoration but we no longer do the work ourselves.
Cane work and other natural fibre seating
Contact us for advice about all natural fibre seating
Antique Sourcing – Auctions
If you need to source a piece of antique furniture, contact us and we’ll help you find it. We recommend pieces at auction and we’ll give you a quotation for restoration before you bid.