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mbartlett99

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Ok so this is a bit of a reach but who knows ...

Boss No4 son has had a hissy fit and broken two of the boss's chippendale style chairs quite badly heaven knows how. Trouble is these have sentimental value having been owned by the boss's parents. Repair is way beyond my meagre abilities so does anyone know a guy ho can rebuild/repair same? Cost is no object btw.

Oh and they're in Seattle.
 

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Do a search on Faceblauk for furniture repair/ restoration et cetera and several come up. You'll have to check them out to see if they meet the standards needed.

Pete
 

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Hate to have to say it but Thomas Johnson's standard isn't high enough to make sending something of great value across the country to him worthwhile.
 

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ED65":2yaqm88r said:
Hate to have to say it but Thomas Johnson's standard isn't high enough to make sending something of great value across the country to him worthwhile.
Having watched a lot of his videos (probably all of them going back many years), I am amazed you can write that.

Presently I have a set of Sheraton/Hepplewhite* dining chairs, which I've been given. They were "restored" by someone who does a lot of museum work in the UK, and frankly I think they have been ruined. The person concerned had no idea of the issues with joints, especially side rail to back legs ones, nor any ability to cut repair pieces accurately. Of course I don't know what instructions were given at the time, but sticking in cross-grain dowels (clumsily) actually weakens the joints, mostly, as well as destroying the look of the piece. I don't know what I am going to do with them - the cost of putting right the original "restoration" is beyond me. The work has done damage rather than helped in the most part.

In contrast I've seen TJ's restorations to be sympathetic, clever, skilled and very strong where necessary. He offers options, asks his clients what they want done and follows the instruction. You can't ask for more really.

In the case of my chairs, I wish he'd had them rather than the London-based person who did the damage.

If you are going to trash someone either present evidence or don't do it.

E.

*of that period, say 1870s - a crossover between the two designers, and I can't really work out which school they belong to. They are an unusual and pretty, but not mechanically great, design.
 

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Eric The Viking":1hyukhod said:
Having watched a lot of his videos (probably all of them going back many years), I am amazed you can write that.
I've watched all of them, some more than twice, and that's precisely what I based my comment on.

I'm no going to get into a long (and pointless) debate about this, but I've seen the level of restoration work that I would personally like to see applied to something like a real Chippendale if it were mine and needed major work, and it is an order of magnitude higher.
 

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ED65":xfzyc08w said:
... but I've seen the level of restoration work that I would personally like to see applied to something like a real Chippendale if it were mine and needed major work, and it is an order of magnitude higher.
OK, where and by whom? Surely that's a more productive thing to discuss.

And anyway if you've watched all Mr. Johnson's videos, either they have value or you have a penchant for horror movies (a genre I cannot abide, incidentally).
 
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