Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Wheathills On BBC Antiques RoadTrip

Wheathills was featured in the BBC's Antiques Road Trip[ recently - the Celebrity Edition for Children In Need with Kate Silverton and Charles Hanson. http://www.wheathills.com/pages/antiquesroadtrip.aspx

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Dust Down

Just doing some housekeeping on the web and came across the company's first ever website, it's been lying in 'a state of gentile decline' over the last few years. So I decided to give it a bit of a face lift. I remember now we kept it because some old contacts still used the email address. I've given it the original look and feel of the Wheathills site, as I think it still looks good and sits within the company's image.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Wheathills Memory Box For Creator Of Gloriana

Wheathills' Memory Box homepage just updated with new content and a few images of the Marquetry box created for the designer of The Gloriana, the Royal Barge for the Queen's recent Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. http://www.wheathills.com/pages/handmade-memory-box.aspx

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Traditional Upholstery From Wheathills

Wheathills Upholsterers enjoy an enviable reputation as being some of the finest restorers in Traditional Upholstery.

Eschewing modern methods (eg, foam padding) only recognised techniques and natural materials are employed to ensure museum standard reupholstery every time.

The restoration page on Wheathills web site has been updated with new images and a video showing some of the Traditional Upholstery Techniques in practice.

Monday, August 13, 2012

HowTo Feature Just Added

How To Make French Polish video and feature added to wheathills:

With Nigel commentating, whilst Dan the Head French Polisher and Finisher demonstrates how to mix Shellac flakes and methylated spirits to create French Polish

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Restoring and French Polishing a Longcase Clock

Longcase Clock Pre Restoration

Recently we had the pleasure and privilege to restore a beautiful Queen Anne Long Case Clock.
The piece is about 300 years old (Queen Anne period 1702 - 1714), and in the pre restoration image every one of those years seems to be taking its weary toll.

Wheathills' teams of craftsmen got to work on it. The Cabinet Makers restored the worn timbers and areas of damage , whilst the French Polishers gilded with Gold Leaf the capitals and plinths of the columns either side of the clock dial and faithfully restored the antique finish with colour blending and oil polishing. Due to the importance of originality and the age of the piece, great care was taken not to disturb any natural signs of age or patina.
The owners were thrilled with the level of restoration and it has retained its pride of place state once more.

Longcase Clock After Restoration

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Marquetry At Wheathills

Wheathills are now offering Marquetry Creation and Restoration, along with antique and property restoration and handmade furniture as part of their array of services.
Marquetry can not only be integrated into boxes and objets d'art, but also furniture, panelling and even marquetry ceilings are being created for clients.

Existing Marquetry can also be restored, as seen in our restoration of The Brighton Belle, the world's only remaining electric Pullman Train. Wheathills are tasked with restoring the interiors and marquetry panelling back to their former glory.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Celebration Memory Box

A Memory Box To Celebrate The Presentation of the Military Medal by The Queen

The recipient of the Military Medal won it in the Suez campaign

The outer lid of the box shows a marquetry montage of the action,

the inside of the lid depicts him being awarded the Medal by The Queen, and the inner box lid has a marquetry rendition of the Medal Citation.

The box has drawers to hold the citation and the Medals.

The Medal Box is made from Ziricote, Burr Poplar with variety of marquetry timbers including fruitwood, Pear,Died Lime, Sycamore and Maple.

This Memory Box celebration an amazing achievement can be seen at exquisitememorybox.com

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Busy Festive Period

At Wheathills we've just had time to draw breath after the hectic Christmas schedule. With Wheathills Marquetry Boxes and Promise Boxes flying the length and breadth of the country, and as far afield as America and Australia it was certainly all hands to the pump to ensure everything arrived on time. The boss, Nigel, was still out delivering on Christmas Eve.

The Promise Boxes, an entirely new concept, appeared to be very well received; basically the Promise Box is a small, handmade wooden box with marquetry work on the outer lid(including initials of the person for whom the box is for, and a marquetry image of one of their loves or passions), and inside is the actual(handmade) key of the Memory Box that will arrive at a later date. The cost of the Promise Box is deducted from the final price of the Memory Box.

A Promise Box

We're getting back into the swing of things at Wheathills after the Christmas Break, we have quite a few beautiful antique items in for restoration and also a full schedule of Wheathills Keepsake Boxes to complete.