Historic Woodwork Restoration
Restoration of Historic Furniture and Woodwork
Restoration isn’t just reﬁnishing – it’s the preservation of history using proper conservation methods and skills acquired through education and experience.
Our craftsmen have years of experience using “old world” techniques and products which enable us to match colors and ﬁnishes original to the period.
An old water damaged window at the historic American Swedish Institute was in desperate need of conservation and restoration.
The finish on the doors at the Union Depot in St. Paul were in very rough condition from years of neglect and poor maintenance.
In 2012 the Union Depot in St. Paul underwent a complete restoration project. Inside the Depot stand these very unique Track Cabinets. Their purpose was four-fold. Tell the arrival and departure times of the trains (clock face has been removed from center upper face). A light would go on indicating the arrival of a train (top of cabinet). Placards describing where the train was going and coming from stored in the lower section of the cabinet. Finally the entire cabinet was insulated with galvanized steel and seaweed, as it functioned as a radiator cabinet. Ductwork was originally attached to the top of the cabinet.
The original finish was intact yet in tough shape.
These valances for the dining room windows at the historic Alexander Ramsey house were in storage in the basement. Several of the carved medallions on the front of the valances were missing, they were very dusty and the finish was damaged in several places.
Our touch-up artists were able to make molds of the original medallions and cast new ones which were expertly color matched to match the originals and applied. We also restored the original finish. Stop by the Ramsey house sometime and see if you can tell which medallions are the originals. It is a great museum house in St. Paul.