Antique Restoration Services in Macclesfield
Unit 1A The Old Brickworks
Monday to Friday: 9am - 5:30pm
Saturday to Sunday: Closed
Specialist in all aspects of the restoration and conservation of fine furniture, french polishing, cabinet making & hand-stripping. I provide a free verbal damage assessment and restoration/conservation estimate within my area and am happy to receive clients at my workshop by appointment to discuss aspects of furniture and its conservation/restoration. We trade on Saturday and Sunday, by appointment only .
* All Cabinet Work and Repairs * French Polishing * Traditional Finishes * Modern Finishes * Carving * Veneering * Inlay * Marquetry * Boulle Work * Clock Cases and Movements * Gilding * Ebonising * Lock Repairs and Keys Cut * Traditional and Modern Upholstery * Caning and Rushing
When you entrust a piece of furniture to a conservator/restorer, whether it is 300 or 30 years old, you need to know it will be treated sympathetically, competently and carefully. Unless you have a personal recommendation it is difficult to be sure whether you are handing it over to a skilled craftsman or to an untrained ‘bodger'.
Whilst I cannot comment on the majority of the people who call themselves restorers - or even conservators - I can present my own credentials.
I have been practicing furniture restoration since 1991. I studied for and gained a Diploma of Higher Education in Furniture Restoration (Distinction) then a B.A. Honours Degree in Furniture Conservation (1st class), both awarded by Manchester University. I then worked at a prominent Antique Furniture Restoration company in the centre of Derby for a year before setting up my own Conservation/Restoration business in 1996.
Furniture restoration, French Polishing, Paint and varnish stripping
Specialists in Furniture Repairs, Restoration, Antique Furniture Restoration, Guilding and French Polishing. I enjoy furniture enormously. This passion has led me to study for, and acquire, first a Diploma of Higher Education in Furniture Restoration (gained with Distinction) and then a first class Bachelor of Arts Degree in Furniture Conservation and Restoration with Honours, both awarded by Manchester University.
John was the only person I could trust to restore the case on my 1940 Ekco AD75 Bakelite radio case. The end result was superb and a credit to his skill.
David Lucas - 09/03/2023 | report this review
John always does a great job. We have used him many times and would highly recommend his work.
Phil Holder - 09/03/2023 | report this review
Absolutely top man for furniture restoration. He’s delightful, so knowledgable, courteous, helpful and highly skilled! He’s done a wonderful job with a cabinet and a Victorian chair which are both family pieces. They were badly sun damaged and also affected by central heating! They look lovely now. I couldn’t be more pleased. Thankyou John.
Carol Taylor - 26/09/2022 | report this review
Brought a rather tired 1960s Eames chair and ottoman to John for sympathetic refurbishment. Easy to communicate with, setting out our objectives which included leather tear and zip repairs and maintaining as much original patina as possible. He met our wishes exactly. Also offered excellent after care advice. Compared to other quotes he was very competitive and delivered when he said he would. Wouldn't hesitate to use again or recommend to friends
Russ Muir - 26/09/2022 | report this review
Excellent restoration of a G Plan table. The whole process was very efficient - collection, completion of work and delivery. Highly recommended.
Liz Pell - 06/12/2020 | report this review
John undertook a complex repair on our secretaire after it sustained damage when being moved. The glass and framework from each of the doors had to be painstakingly pieced back together and the end result is fantastic. Our family heirloom is now back in daily use after having been hidden away for years. John is a true craftsman and an ambassador for his trade!
Peter Williams - 14/10/2019 | report this review
John did an outstanding job of repairing a chair that was passed to us from an elderly relative. The workmanship is fantastic, the cushion cover he made was brilliant. We are delighted. Thank you John
Karen Allen - 27/07/2018 | report this review
We inherited a 50 year old Ercol dining table which was badly in need of restoration. We are delighted with the work John did in restoring the table to such a high standard. John is a true artisan and I have no hesitation in recommending his work.
David Taylor - 11/05/2018 | report this review
John did a fantastic job on our antique oak cane back dining chairs. He recained the backs and toned them matching the colour perfectly. He replaced one of the broken stretchers and repaired a broken upright and you couldn't tell which. John also took the chairs apart and then rejointed as necessary and put them back together securely. He upholstered the seats, matching the leather wonderfully. Finally he removed splashes of paint on the wood, clean and waxed until it positively shone. He did it all for a very reasonable cost. We can't praise him enough as you may have noticed! He loved doing them which you could tell and was very knowledgeable. We would have no hesitation in recommending him for a similar job or any other he is equally equalified for.
Kay B - 10/05/2018 | report this review
John performed absolute magic on my dining table. The workmanship was excellent. I would highly recommend him.
Mrs Kearsley - 29/01/2018 | report this review
John did an excellent job removing a beetroot juice stain from my oak dining table. The stain was completely removed and the table has been restore to its original state. John is a very knowledgable and skilled professional.
Eilís Burke - 13/12/2017 | report this review
John has done a fantastic job restoring my bureau, it was definitely in need of some tender care! John explained exactly what he could do and was honest about his timescales. It is now back in pride of place looking wonderful. I would highly recommend John.
Fran Hulmes - 05/11/2017 | report this review
John recently restored two large and very badly damaged display boards on behalf of an old school society (The Old Standians).The fished restoration exceeded all expectations and at a cost that was extremely reasonable.
Geoff Minshull - 23/06/2016 | report this review
We had a badly damaged antique chest of drawers (a combination of not looking after it very well + the dreaded woodworms). John treated it and restored it to its former glory. Not only did he do an utterly fabulous job, he did it faster than anticipated. I recommend him without hesitation.
Floriane Wood - 10/06/2016 | report this review
Very happy with my new cane seat on my wooden bedroom chair. Woven with real skill and attention to detail.
Viv Graham - 24/06/2013 | report this review
John repaired a chair and restored a 25 year old coffee table, whch no look brand new. Very pleased with his work.
Carol Penney - 17/04/2013 | report this review
John restored an oak table top for us and the result is perfect and has brought the table back to life.
David Moss - 02/03/2013 | report this review
John stripped, sanded, sealed and finished an oak sideboard that has been in my family for 50 years. It has given it a new lease of life, and we are delighted with it.
Rosie Gay - 02/02/2013 | report this review
John gave use various options and advised us on the best type of coating. The table was finished brilliantly, good as new. I am very happy customer.
Peter McCaldon - 24/06/2012 | report this review
John is truely an expert in his field. Has restored several pieces with excellent results. His standard of work combined with exceptional knowledge makes him quite unique.
Andrew Cross - 04/05/2012 | report this review
John's thoughtful and careful approach has produced some very successful restoration results for us. He is an experienced and skilful craftsman, and his knowledge of restoration techniques is excellent.
Jo Farrell - 01/05/2012 | report this review
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