A fine example of a complex splice joint repair on an Edwardian Walnut chair, with Vincent using the traditional tools including hand planes, chisels, cabinet scrapers and animal glues.
Laying reclaimed floor boards in a 17th Century Cottage entails some additional planning.
The low ceilings and small staircases are not best suited for manoeuvring uncut planks of wood. Plus, the original 17th Century joists have to be taken into account. Here’s how Vincent and his team approached the job.
Vincent Reed Ltd was privileged to be awarded the contract to reinstate the solid oak flooring in The Kings State Apartments at Kensington Palace, recreating the original 18th Century Oak floor. Vincent hand selected the boards which were laid traditionally in diminishing widths, fixed using a traditional half lap joint and secured using hand cut nails.
Conservation and restoration at Kensington Palace, a residence of the Royal Family since the 17th century, continues in tandem with celebrating the tercentenary of the Hanoverian accession. As part of the project Vincent Reed Ltd was charged with the painstaking and detailed conservation and restoration of the architectural woodwork lining The Grand King’s Staircase and the original priceless panelling in The Presence Chamber and The Privy Chamber which was designed and installed by Sir Christopher Wren.