Antique Furniture

Every piece of antique furniture has a story to tell and deserves the very best level of care and attention to detail.

When you entrust your antique furniture restoration to Rod Larwood you can be confident that your prized pieces will be gently and respectfully restored to their full glory. He will liaise with you to ascertain the extent of work required and the likely cost involved.

Rod will communicate with you throughout the project if any other damage is discovered, when the commission is within the workshop, which was not immediately obvious prior to starting. This can then be discussed further.     

Rod has the skills, the expertise and the patience for any manner of repair from replacing missing marquetry to re-polishing table tops.  Every piece is finished with meticulous accuracy and sensitivity.

Rod is well used to working with all traditional timbers and periods of furniture his great love is early walnut and mahogany although recently has worked on more modern pieces.

  • Repairs to any type of period furniture

  • Long case clocks, Bracket clocks and Barometers

  • Chairs, tables and cabinets.

  • Veneers repaired and restored

  • Marquetry, Parquetry and Brass Inlay

  • Brass fittings matched wherever possible

  • Handles, hinges and small details authentically restored

  • French polishing

  • Ebonising

  • Traditional wax finishing

Retaining the history and character of your furniture

Worried about losing years-worth of history? Don’t be, wherever possible the original timber will be re-used, the old surfaces retained and the patination preserved.

Clock Cases

Rod has worked alongside many horologists over the years conserving and restoring all styles and periods of clock cases. Long cases, Wall clocks, Parliament clocks and Bracket clocks to mention a few; replacing missing mouldings, feet, cornicing and bringing the cases back to their former glory always retaining original patination wherever possible

Visit our gallery for examples of recent antique furniture restoration projects.

Case Study: Restoring a Neglected Chest of Drawers

mahogany chest of drawers before restoration

restored mahogany chest of drawers

This mahogany chest of drawers arrived in a very sorry state. Once a treasured family piece, it had been consigned to a shed/workshop for many years as it didn't meet the homeowner's decor. The surfaces had become scratched, damp had damaged the polish and the top was scarred by coffee rings. Handles were missing and the woodgrain was barely discernible.

Rod's first job was to clean away the dirt and dust that had gathered while the chest was in the shed. He made one or two small repairs to the timber and applied several layers of a rich beeswax polish to nourish the wood and restore its patina. That done, he sourced some antique handles and drawer furniture similar to the original ones.

The chest was returned to its owner who, needless to say, was delighted with the results. Not only had it regained its original beauty, Rod's work had considerably increased its monetary value.