Timothy restores and conserves antique furniture using traditional materials and techniques. After apprenticing in San Francisco and Sotheby’s in New York he established his business in November of 1983, setting up shop on West 55th St and later on East 95th St before moving to New Rochelle. He has been seen in Architectural Digest, House and Garden, Quest, New York and the New York Times.
Traditional materials and techniques are used when restoring and conserving pieces. Hide glues are used for stabilizing the structure and the joinery where needed. Dovetail joinery employed by cabinetmakers of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries is followed when the joinery needs rebuilding and stabilizing to maintain the structural integrity of the piece.
The woods, both the secondary and the show-woods, are treated with great care, and the finishes, be they clear varnishes, painted or done in gold or silver leaf, can be recreated or restored as needed. The patina which develops on these pieces are sought after by collectors and the restoration and conservation approaches employed must not disturb them.
After repairing and stabilizing, any missing elements are crafted and then integrated into the piece, then the disturbed areas and the replacements are colored and sealed and the piece is polished and given paste wax to protect the finish except for the painted and leafed finishes. Antiques finished in gold and silver leaf often require rabbit skin glue, gesso, clay and new leaf and toning where needed to restore and conserve accordingly.