Our Services

The Oakhill Workshop

Metal Restoration

We clean and repair many items made from metals such as bronze, brass, silver, copper and steel as well as plated items in order to remove the gradual accumulation of dirt over many years. We specialise in the restoration of gilt brass or 'Ormolu' mounts for furniture, clocks and related interior decoration. Read More

Carving and Gilding

The Oakhill Workshop

As well as gilding on metal, we also carry out the art of laying gold leaf on to prepared wooden surfaces. Both oil and water gilding restoration is carried out in our workshop as well as the consolidation of the gesso layer beneath the gold. Burnishing to accentuate highlights, and toning is carried out to blend the new gold to the existing item so that a perfect match can be achieved. Read More

Marquetry and Inlay

The Oakhill Workshop

Repairs to decorative surfaces such as marquetry are a regular restoration requirement in our workshop. The changes in atmospheric conditions cause timber to move in various and opposing directions and marquetry and inlay often suffer from the extremes of expansion and contraction. Read More

Upholstery

In most cases, if a chair or settee for instance, has required any degree of restoration or has simply needed to be re-glued, then the upholstery will need to be entirely removed so that access to the frame can be achieved. Read More

Restoration Materials

We are very fortunate to own a superb stock of restoration materials including some of the most exquisite timbers and veneers, many of which are recycled from furniture which is far beyond the point of restoration. Read More

Clocks, clock cases and musical boxes

Our restoration team has worked on many clock cases throughout our working careers from very early Thomas Tompian and Joseph Knibb cases veneered with figured walnut, marquetry or olive oysters to the 19th century elaborately decorated ormolu clocks. Read More

Cane and Rush Seating

By its very nature, cane and rush seats are fragile and will need to be replaced from time to time. Whilst visually pleasing, it is not hardwearing and therefore when in daily use, such as with a kitchen chair, it will wear out quite quickly. We remove the old cane or rush, repair frame work if required and replace the seat using the best materials available. Read More

Bespoke Furniture Making

Our workshop continues the age old technique of traditional hand polishing using shellac based materials. Whether it's an 18th century antique or a replica we've recently made, we only finish the item with hand polishing and waxing methods. Read More

Hand Finishing

Our workshop continues the age old technique of traditional hand polishing using shellac based materials. Whether it's an 18th century antique or a replica we've recently made, we only finish the item with hand polishing and waxing methods. Read More

Contact Details

Address:
The Oakhill Workshop
Limes Road
Beckenham
Kent
BR3 6NS
Tel:
020 8663 2993
Mobile:
07778 174065
Fax:
020 8663 2994

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