Friday, August 13, 2010


Here's the shot we posted almost a year ago when the customer dropped off the 15 chairs and rockers. The are "DuB" chairs made in the NC Mountains. Below, you will see the end result now at home in NC in the mountains where they belong.


Here is an overall pic of the rockers and chairs. Most are marked "DuB" and came from the NC Mountains handcrafted many years ago. We used an oil mix finish with Flat Oval Reed and used the "Carolina Close Weave" pattern. These folks live in SC and have a "Family Home" up in the NC mountains, so what better pattern to use!

"DuB" Rockers

Here are the rockers and chairs from a post from almost a year ago! We have restored the rockers and chairs.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

15 Pieces from Maryland.

Here is some of the 15 pieces of Ficks Wicker brought to us from Maryland. Damage was mainly in the leg areas but a couple of the arm chairs had broken spokes and weavers. Once repaired, we finished with a "distressed" look like it was.

Fibre Wicker Sofa

This sofa had been stored for many years and dried out. Many of the wire core spokes were broken as well as the usual leg damage.


Here's the finished sofa with new spokes and braid. We added a light stain to the finish to bring back the color thar was faded.
We received this email from the customer;
"Hi Rob,

I am very pleased with the couch you restored for me. It looks great and I am very happy with it. You did a wonderful job andI am so excited to have it back. Thank you.


Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Quality Control Team

Here's our quality control team during their break. The're tough but fair and the work for treats!

Wicker Table-Desk

A very nice wicker piece that needs some attention. The top veneer is missing and the wood core has come apart. The braid around the top is rotten. It would take much more time to repair then just replace with a new piece. Our plan is to use a piece of Tiger Oak 3/4 ply for the new top since the customer wanted to have it natural rather then painted and make new braid.

Wicker Table-Desk

Here's the top removed. All the veneer is missing from the top, the glue has left the top in pieces.

Wicker Table-Desk

This shows the new top with the leg and spoke holes drilled. We needed to replace all the spokes, the wire in most had broken.

Wicker Table-Desk

Here's the finished top with the new edge braid. It's hard to see, but it's Tiger Oak. Customer should get many years use out of this piece.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Another Shopping Find

Here is another shopping find from the local Rehab Store. It has a label from Haywood-Wakefield. It needs work on both arms, new seat and lace weave back but for $30, it's a deal!

Settee Back & Seat

Here is a Museum Settee that got water damaged. As you can see, part of the seat,back,sides and arms had to be rewoven along with some of the scrollwork in the center replaced.

Adjustable Arm Chair

Here is one of the Mansions adjustable arm chairs with the new scrollwork. The back has been removed for painting. This is a high tech chair. To adjust, you put the wood rod in the wood "buttons" you see on the arms and Presto, it's adjusted!

Sunday, January 03, 2010


We are very pleased to have received the job of restoring 36 pieces of wicker for the Governors Mansion in Raleigh,NC. This is paid for by a private fund that covers the Mansion upkeep as a Historical Site so NO tax dollars are used. We will be doing this in about 7 "batches" so that we are not backed up with no room to work and will take place over the next few months. The items include several settees,chairs & rockers, side tables, a chaise lounge and some very old porch rockers and a settee that will be done in splint. We will post some pictures as time goes by and keep updating as we have more to share.