As I discussed in a earlier put up, I had good woodworking
expertise 40 years in the past after I began doing furnishings restoration,
together with furnishings restore. However repairing furnishings is
totally different than making it. So how did I study good restore
expertise? I realized them from a variety of glorious books, which
confirmed me good practices for making damaged down furnishings
sturdy once more.
The books I discovered most useful had been from England, or at the very least,
written by Englishmen. One factor all of them had in frequent was
that they used animal disguise glue, particularly when regluing
something that had been glued initially with disguise glue (which I
will describe in future postings).
I’ve grow to be such a fan of utilizing disguise glue when engaged on very
outdated furnishings that I now decide a ebook or article on furnishings
restoration by whether or not or not the writer makes use of disguise glue. If he
or she doesn’t, I don’t pay a lot consideration to the writer. I
particularly reject anybody who makes use of trendy adhesives equivalent to
epoxy, gorilla glue, cyanoacrylate (tremendous) glue, plastic-resin
glue, and the like as a result of they’re irreversible.
I really feel the identical means about skilled restoration retailers.
So listed here are the books I’ve discovered most helpful. Sadly,
none are nonetheless in print, so that you’ll have to search out them on the
One of the best ebook for my part is “Repairing and Restoring Vintage
Furnishings” by John Rodd (proven above). The ebook was first
revealed in 1954 and reissued in 1976, lucky for me
as a result of that was the 12 months I opened my store. Rodd was an
Englishman, educated in England, however engaged on Vancouver Island
in Canada when he wrote the ebook.
Rodd’s ebook was then “revised” and “re-illustrated” in 1995 by
V. J. Taylor. I can’t discover any revisions (it’s the identical as
Rodd’s authentic textual content), however the illustrations are redrawn,
although I like Rodd’s higher. The reissue underneath Taylor’s title
does offer you a greater likelihood of discovering a used copy, nevertheless.
The subsequent most useful ebook, for my part, is “Vintage
Furnishings Repairs” by Charles H. Hayward, revealed in 1976.
Hayward is such a prolific author, one thing like 25 books on
all types of topics coping with antiques, woodworking and
ending, that I’ve to suppose he was primarily a author.
However, all his books that I’m conversant in are
Addressing issues peculiar to French furnishings with some
great sections on veneer restore is “The Restorer’s
Handbook” of Furnishings by Daniel Alcouffe, revealed in 1977.
One other ebook I discovered useful was “Restoring and Renovating
Vintage” Furnishings by Tom Rowland, additionally revealed in 1976.
There should have been one thing within the air in 1976, both that
or a variety of publishers acquired phrase that I used to be available in the market.
A ebook I loved
studying that was extra philosophical than drawback fixing was
“Restoring Vintage Furnishings” by Leslie Wenn. It was initially
revealed in England in 1974, then within the U.S. in 1975 and
So, am I being truthful citing solely these outdated out-of-print books
and no present books? Effectively, I’ve continued shopping for books and
haven’t discovered any pretty much as good as, or higher than, these. One I
ought to point out is “Discovering and Restoring Vintage Furnishings”
by Michael Bennett. It was first revealed in England in 1990
and does meet the check of utilizing disguise glue (which, by the way in which,
can also be referred to as Scotch glue in England). Sadly, it’s
additionally out of print.
However in case you’re curious about having good restore methods
mixed with discovering vintage furnishings (English, after all)
and refinishing the furnishings, this ebook does that.
— Bob Flexner