Galloway Fine Woodworks RestorationRestoration

Restoration work is both challenging and very satisfying. Quality restoration requires the skilled use of hand tools, which makes Galloway Fine Woodworks the perfect choice for restoration projects. In my early days of schooling in Europe, machinery was not allowed, and therefore our skill with hand tools is superior to most. In addition, our practiced ability to determine the properties of the wood, original construction methods and finishes are of utmost importance to a successful restoration project.

Built-ins at Galloway Fine Woodworks

View our Restoration Portfolio to view examples of our restoration work.

It is often said that a restorer needs to be more gifted or a better craftsman than the original maker. This is because the restorer needs to be able to fully understand the piece, from its original date of manufacture, the materials used, the construction process, its finish and most of all, the many years of use it has endured in order to return the piece to its level of beauty.

Two Philosophies of Furniture Restoration

One is to restore the piece to its original state, as if it was new. The other seeks to bring it back to a practical state with the blemishes and wear and tear it has earned over the years.

Our philosophy tends to follow the latter because the piece as it stands is what makes it most desirable. [Kind of like people... we earn every wrinkle and grey hair, and are proud of them!] If you take away the color, patina and blemishes, the piece loses its personality and many believe, its veracity. This is especially true in dealing with antiques that are of great value. If the restoration is not done with great care, it can easily ruin the integrity of the piece and compromise the value.

As mentioned earlier, we take great care to manually restore your furniture. This includes stripping and sanding. All stripping of furniture is done by hand and not by the "dip and strip" method. This ensures the joints, veneer and wood itself will not fall apart or be damaged. Our manual restoration process also means no metal screws or pins are used because they eventually loosen up due to the expansion and contraction of wood, and the joint or repair will once again be non-functional.

Hiring a wood craftsman with the knowledge and experience to restore your antiques is the first step in a successful restoration project. Contact us today.