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Simon Gilboy


Restoring a Victorian Windsor Spoon Back Chair

    We were approached earlier this year by one of the fastest growing creative agencies, Original Concept Productions who had been commissioned by Fine Living TV, to make a series of 'idents' for their channel. We met in January and discussed a number of concepts. Their remit was to film a number of different restoration projects from start to finish such as a piece of broken fine china and even an old tapestry. Ours would be the complete restoration of a piece of antique furniture. Fortunately we had a victorian walnut spoon-back open-arm chair that was in very poor condition and was in need of a comprehensive restoration. As the whole process would take about six weeks to complete, the film company would...

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Simon Gilboy


Myrica Wax

If you have a British £2 coin in your person right now, check out the inscription around the edge. It might read "STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS" and is taken from a letter by Isaac Newton to Robert Hooke, in which he describes how his work was built on the knowledge of those that had gone before him. "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Newton was Warden and later Master of the Royal Mint. You might be asking what this has to do with Myrica wax and the picture of some strange berry. Well, in our line of work (antique furniture restoration), Newton's giants would be the ancient luthiers and furniture makers...

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Simon Gilboy


What is the best wood polish for antique and vintage furniture?

TL;DR? - Just Take Me To The Best Beeswax Furniture Polish Already! Who am I? My name is Simon Gilboy and in 1987 at the age of 16 I was one of the last apprentices at Staverton Joinery in Totnes, South Devon. Staverton Joinery was owned by Dartington Trust at the time and employed up to 100 full time craftsmen, the majority of which had also been apprenticed by the Trust. Staverton Joinery attained a huge amount of respect within its field and was known throughout the country for decades as being one of the best joineries in the country producing furniture for the wealthiest of clients worldwide. In March 1994 I opened the doors to my own furniture restoration business with...

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