Furniture Restoration Skills For Life

Simon McIntyre, a furniture restoration expert and owner of Downland Restoration in West Sussex, spent last week with our students introducing them to the fine art of furniture restoration.

A wide selection of items were worked on, from a wooden frame for a dinner-gong

Dinner Gong Frame
Dinner Gong Frame
Gong Frame Restored
Gong stand restored


to a revolving bookcase, drop-leaf tables and a varied selection of chairs.

Revolving Bookcase damaged
Revolving Bookcase Restored


Broken Chair Back Strut
Gosford Chair Frame Restored

A magnificent, large carved buffalo, damaged in transit from overseas, was also among the items to be repaired, filled, waxed and polished.

Buffalo patiently awaits restoration


Restored – and ‘Buffed’

Our students will continue to work on various projects as they progress through their nine-month course, with some of them hoping to specialize in the fine art of furniture restoration.





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