Fine Antique Furniture Restoration Services by Simon Lorkin

Providing services in Surrey, Sussex, London and the South East since 1991 and Normandy in France since 2004.

 

“My restoration methods are traditional and are always in-keeping with the item. I am a skilled and qualified craftsmen with over 30 years experience. Traditional restoration and conservation methods take years to learn, perfect and take time to carry out. Items can be with me for weeks depending on the complexity of the job.”

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Pricing 

Estimates are given based on seeing the item in person. I cannot price restoration work over the telephone, via email or from photographs as every item and its restoration requirements is individual. Please get in touch with me to discuss your restoration project and we’ll book a date for me to come and see the item and then I’ll be able to provide a written estimate based on the work involved.

Rarely, during the restoration process, more work is discovered or becomes apparent. In this instance I would always contact you to discuss what is involved and how much extra it would cost.

If you are making a claim through your home insurance I am happy to deal directly with them if you prefer.

 

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Payment

Before commencing work a 50% deposit is required, when I collect the item(s). The other 50% is to be paid upon delivery of your restored item. Payments can be made in Sterling cash or cheques, Euros or French cheques or by bank transfer.

 

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Collection/delivery

Within Surrey, Sussex and London collection and delivery of your items is normally free. If I need to travel further a field we may make a charge, but we would always let you know beforehand.

As you know by now I live in the Normandy countryside on the other side of the Channel so I book appointments to visit and see items and meet you. I can take the item away at the time or if you’d prefer I can collect it on my subsequent trip over to the UK, a few weeks later.

All items are fully insured (as they were when my workshop was in Shere in Surrey). They are safely protected for the journey. They are then restored in my workshop on my property (protected by CCTV) in the quiet Normandy countryside. When the items are ready I get in touch to book a time and day that is convenient for you to deliver your item(s) on my next trip over.

For your reassurance, since I moved over here to Normandy in 2004 I have never had a single issue with regards to the safety and security of items as I protect you items as if they were my own.

 

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“Simon has an excellent reputation for his fine restoration and conservation skills and he always undertakes restoration to the highest of standards. He continues to be passionate about the furniture that he restores, whether it is a small occasional table or a five metre dining-room table. He always prides himself on the attention to detail in both the preparation work and the French polishing.”

Simon’s FAQs

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Can you remove burn marks?

Yes. I understand that accidents happen, candles burn etc. There’s always a solution to remove the burn and restore the beauty of your item.

Can you remove water stains?

Absolutely.

Do you restore modern reproduction furniture?

No, I only work on fine antique hardwood furniture. I don’t use modern lacquers. I use traditional French Polishing and restoration methods

Do you work on Pine Furniture?

No, I only work on fine antique hardwood furniture

Simon Lorkin - Fine Antique Furniture Restorer - www.simonlorkin.com

Simon Lorkin - Fine Antique Furniture Restorer - www.simonlorkin.com

 

Simon Lorkin provides the following services:

  • Woodwork Repair
  • French Polishing
  • Upholstery, caneing, rushwork
  • Woodturning
  • Veneering
  • Leathering
  • Baizing
  • Handle and lock replacement and repair
  • Repair of table folding mechanisms
  • Replacing worn feet or castors
  • Clock repair

 

Restoration can be carried out on all types of period furniture including:

  • Dining Room Tables
  • Chairs
  • Chest of drawers
  • Clocks
  • Bureaux
  • Davenports
  • Canterburys
  • Linen press and Wardrobes

 

Classic Cars

In addition, Simon provides restoration services for Classic Car Woodwork, dashboards and interior trim. Discover more at his website dedicated to classic car restoration www.classicdashboards.com

 

Simon Lorkin - Fine Antique Furniture Restorer - www.simonlorkin.com

Simon Lorkin - Fine Antique Furniture Restorer - www.simonlorkin.com