Category Archives: conservation techniques

Lianne’s Linen Sampler Ca 1806

Lianne’s Great-great-great-GREAT grandmother, Hannah Epes, completed this sampler on June 26th, 1806, when she was 10 years old.  It came to us in the sweet old handkerchief box her grandmother kept it in, above, a keepsake. I like hearing the … Continue reading

Posted in antiques, conservation techniques, preservation, textiles | Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Texaco Fire Chief Gasoline Banner

Growing up in Southern California, the home of the automobile, I remember fondly this emblem as a kid! The Texaco Fire Chief Banner was in excellent condition, but dirty and creased. The back appeared to have been dropped into dirt, … Continue reading

Posted in art, conservation techniques, Interim Report, preservation, process, restoration techniques, textiles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

A little girl cuts doll hair and many years later…

They were found in a child’s coffin in an antique store in New Orleans! They traveled to Oregon; their new owner wanted them treated properly… The dolls have porcelain heads, arms and legs; Rhett had a broken leg that was … Continue reading

Posted in antiques, conservation techniques, preservation, restoration techniques, textiles | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Conservation of Mason Monterey Tinoco Bedside Stand

We were to conserve and restore a Mason Monterey side table with the charming, funny and valuable Juan Tinoco horses on the drawer front.  This is a project that included conservation/preservation (cleaning dirt and mold from the paint, and affixing … Continue reading

Posted in antiques, art, conservation techniques, decorative motifs, Interim Report, mold, painted furniture, preservation, process, reparation, restoration techniques, wooden objects | Tagged , , , , , , | 9 Comments

One Man’s Trash

This gallery contains 12 photos.

Originally posted on No Facilities:
Cherished Workshop Stool As I look around my workshop, I see hundreds of objects that are important to me. Some are favorite tools. Some are jigs and fixtures that I’ve made to make woodworking easier.…

Gallery | 2 Comments

A Longer Video on Conserving the Eclectic Sofa

This slideshow shows the process (in abbreviated form) of conserving the Eclectic Victorian Tufted-Back Sofa.  There is an interesting story behind this and the two chairs that are part of  the set: stay tuned over the next few months for … Continue reading

Posted in conservation techniques

Real Men Spit Tacks

Real men upholsterers spit tacks. After all these years, it still creeps me out a bit — I see his cheeks bulge a specific way while he is having a conversation with me and I’ll peer at him as if … Continue reading

Posted in conservation techniques, musings, process, restoration techniques, tools, upholstery | Tagged , ,