Category Archives: shellac

Repairing Veneer on a Bombe in the Style of Louis XV

Before Repair, Above, and After, Below. This is a lovely bombe which had cracked veneer across the curved door faces.  Someone had previously repaired it long before our current owners took possession.  MPFC treated several areas, but I am posting … Continue reading

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W is for Windsor: A-to-Z Challenge

One of my favorite chairs, this often overlooked Windsors may have originated in Wales, Ireland and England, where wheelwrights creating chairs as they made wheel spokes, which were chairs using compression tension joints, with no hide glue holding the spokes … Continue reading

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S is for Shellac Varnish Damage: A-to-Z Challenge

Damage to traditional shellac varnishes — original varnishes made from shellac, and possibly with additional resins such as dammar, etc. — is often preventable.  We see several common and preventable mistakes owners make over and over again.  Before stripping, call … Continue reading

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M is for McLoughlin’s Melodeon: A-to-Z Challenge

John McLoughlin was the Father of Oregon, and his history is celebrated at the McLoughlin House in Oregon City. We conserved the Prince & Co. Melodeon he gave to his granddaughter, part of a larger collection housed at his home, … Continue reading

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D is for Dragon’s Blood: A-to-Z Challenge

Dragon’s Blood is a pigment that was widely used in furniture finishes before and in the early 19th century.  Synthetic dyes and a shift to different preferences in wood species moved makers away from this very popular finish, and of … Continue reading

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East Lake Sofa-Bed Upholstery #3: Finish Reparation

by DKP This is the fourth post in a series on this project.  This post continues from the previous post: East Lake Sofa-Bed Upholstery #2B: Repair.  To begin at the beginning go to Eastlake Sofa-Bed Upholstery Conservation #1: Excavation. We made … Continue reading

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Traditional Shellac Varnish: Mixing and Tips For the Best Coat

We make our own shellac, using traditional recipes. We use only the freshest shellac flakes, and use lab grade isopropyl alcohol as the carrier to support our interest in having a green studio. Continue reading

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