This brief video is a mini stepped out version of what takes place in a restoration studio that serves to repair antique frames & furniture.
Like most people, I'm enchanted when I learn something new...especially if it's in an field that I know nothing about. When I first visited Richard in his studio, my 'take away' as they call it, was discovering that shellac is excrement from an insect! And glue is rendered from animal hides and carcasses. You've heard that a horse is being carted off to the glue factory. I love my job for all the learning it brings to my door. Richard, an accomplished artist and highly skilled craftsman has been delightful to work with. Imagine taking his 'bygone era' profession and finding a way to digitalize it so that it maintains it's correct form and function and yet keeps pace with the times.
Watching this closely informs the novice that when this sort of repair work is undertaken a vast knowledge of both skill and art has got to be in the house! Authentic restoration is both art and science - a knowledge of what it did look like must be at the helm or the so called restoration work can devalue rather than add value to the historical treasure.
AntiqueFraming.com is his website address and his studio is located in Seattle, Washington. You can shop online or visit him at his studio.