This is not a website with staged before and after photos of fine furniture and antique restoration projects. These are photos of work in process and the steps toward completion. Frequently projects take creative ingenuity to reassemble. I enjoy rebuilding furniture and restoring antiques. It’s one of the things I really do the best. Most of what is brought to my shop is well made and nice older pieces with treasured family history. Several of these antiques have been neglected, poorly maintained and over time often previously repaired, although unprofessionally. Their owners want to give them a new life to honor their heritage so that the furniture can be used and enjoyed by themselves and the next generation to whom they will pass them onto.
I take on small furniture refinishing and antique restoration projects. Oftentimes the items are worn and badly depreciated pieces which require special attention to restore the antique patina and charm. I’m a professional artist and have a love of beautiful woods.
Longcase Grandfather Clock
Kip Hart brought this longcase grandfather clock to my shop for rebuilding and restoration. In 1958 his grandparents were vacationing in Europe and while on a layover in Scotland, they went antique shopping. In Glasgow at the Ernest Alexander Antique Shop they purchased three grandfather clocks for their family. From his grandparents, Kip inherited this longcase clock made by Robert Rose of Dublin. This clockmaker passed in 1769. Kip’s grand and great grandparents were all engineers. They moved from New York City to Baltimore and recently Kip moved to Kent, Washington to start his new engineering job. Unfortunately his movers did not properly prepare this clock for moving and it was busted apart.
Its not often that I have the opportunity to restore such an old and beautiful piece like this. What a treasure! Particularly with the lower section, I took the case almost completely apart. The case was carefully reassembled and the finish restored.
Ray Spencer is the epitome of professionalism and a true master craftsman. We have known Ray for over a decade and we couldn’t imagine calling upon someone else when it comes to touchup work. Ray takes the time to educate and explain the process to his customers. In turn, this establishes trust in his workmanship and sets the stage for the remainder of the project. In all our time working with Ray, we have never received feedback of a job not completed to a customer's satisfaction. Ray is a joy to work with and we are very thankful for his services.