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Furniture Restoration: Step-By-Step Tips and Techniques for Professional Results Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 7, 2007
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Contemplating a career in furniture restoration? The Marxes' extraordinarily detailed instructions will either excite readers or completely turn them off. No question, restoration is a skill few learn easily; the required time and patience appeal to those completely enamored of fixing, repairing, and conserving antiques. In numerous sidebars, the authors define such terms as verdigris and gesso or help you to compile a specific tool kit to solve particular damage issues, whether veneer repair or original color detection. Pictures are lavish, illustrating many "befores" as well as "afters." The instructions, although easy to follow, require major competencies and clear understanding of different furniture styles and periods. It is, in short, a book to be pored over again and again, the ultimate test in re-realizing a thing of beauty. Jacobs, Barbara
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Ina Brosseau Marx and Allen Marx restore, consult, and curate for such museums as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University's Garvan Collection, the New-York Historical Society, and many collectors and institutions. In 1983, the Marxes founded The Finishing School, which offers in-depth instruction in creating painted finishes, and their book, Professional Painted Finishes, has sold more than TK,000 copies. They live in Princeton, NJ.
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It's not at the 'estate-sale chair to be rehabbed' level. It's waaaay beyond that.
Instead, this is a fairly detailed guide aimed at fixing complex furniture-injuries, and repairing gilt details, complex carvings, chinoiserie laquers. It features instructions for mold-making, gesso and so forth.
It does have some helpful information about WHY furniture splits, peels, cracks... and I've got to admit, it pretty much looks like you could throw an antique dresser once belonging to Queen Elizabet I in front of a semi, and these guys could fix it.
But as a how-to handbook, I agree that the photos could be a bit more clear, and instructions a bit more detailed.
It's an ok addition to my library, but not as useful as say 'Furniture Repair & Refinishing' (Ultimate Guide To... (Creative Homeowner)) by Brian D. Hingley, which was a lot more my speed (which is um... kinda basic...).
Pictures were grainy, badly photographed, and did not show the intended result or initial problem they were trying to fix in an adequate way. The photos essentially looked like they had been taken by amateur photographers from old restoration projects and blown up for the sake of the book.
The layout of the book was also somewhat puzzling. One would expect a clear well organized summary of typical issues with different materials and a well organized list of chapters that dealt with each issue in a clear and well laid out manner. I found that issues were discussed in general, then solutions were scattered throughout the book.