To restore is to preserve the existing as far as this is
Therefore we prefer gentle, working methods which focus
on preserving the substance (handcraft).
On principle, we refuse to apply brutal machine grinding
of old polishes and veneers.
Should great destruction make it necessary to completely
remove the old polish or surface and subsequently
rebuilt it, we apply a special wet grinding procedure
(without losing the substance).
We only use mild solvents or special drying tree or
vegetable oils to enliven colours if desired.
Old polishes with their beautiful patina which
originates from many decades of different uses can most
of the time be replenished and refurbished after the
loose areas have been glued and missing parts replaced.
Customers often have difficulties in accepting an ink
dot etc. on the desk top or a continuous crack in the
surface. It would be absolutely wrong to grind the dot
with brutal methods or completely reveneer the surface.
Using mild solvents in connection with gentle mechanical
procedures considerably tones down the ink dot and
diminishes its objectionable effect. Inserting pieces
which match in terms of grain and patina into the
missing parts of the veneer and then polishing or
repatination can eliminate most visible damages.
Our ever expanding pool of old furniture and parts of
furniture which are past remedy plays an important role
in this procedure. Our stock of spare parts provides us
with the necessary aged furniture parts, veneers and
substantial wood which show the required structure or
patina for professional gentle restoration. We replace
bigger missing parts as well as damaged ornamental or
constructive elements (past remedy) with aged wood and
veneers as true-to-original replicas and gently insert
them into the existing substance. Structure, colour and
patina are imitated in these cases. We keep to our
principle to only remove old material which is past
remedy or which, for reasons of construction as well as
aesthetics, is not absolutely required for an ideal