French polishing – another dying trade?

French polishing is a specialist trade that I learnt in my days as an antique restorer; but sadly, it’s a dying trade these days.

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Flattening an antique panel

This is one of the methods we use to flatten cupped panels. This process takes time and patience - but it is very successful!

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Discovering and dismantling a flood damaged Tudor manor house

The owners did not discover the catastrophic effects of water cascading through the ceilings of their beautiful...

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Why preserve the patina on original flooring?

Your floor owes its beauty to the dirt and grime of past centuries. Never sand that away. This is why:

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Discovering and Dismantling a flooded Grade II listed home

We revealed a moisture reading of 80% and evidence that the panels were older than we first thought

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17th century fire surround repair

It's a pleasure to restore an oak joinery that probably hasn't been dismantled since it was made over 500 years ago.

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Win that business. Write as you speak.

Passion and experience drive Vincent Reed's business success. Miranda Birch Media tells how "Vincent Reed is an example of how persuasive you can be."

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Insight: Decoration and Styles of the 17th century

The 1600s included the deeply carved wood and strongly modelled silver of the Jacobean period.

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Splice joint repair on a 19th Century Chair Leg

Learn the techniques Vincent uses to process a Splice joint repair.

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Conserving and Restoring Wood Floors

Your floor owes its beauty to the dirt and grime of past centuries. Never sand that away. This is why:

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Auckland Castle Floor Samples

See how Vincent and his team breathe life back into floor boards at Auckland Castle.

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Oak floor restoration circa 1740

Witness sympathetic removal of bitumen where the historic patina of the floor has been maintained.

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Georgian Staircase Circa 1730 – Restoration of Stair Treads

See how Vincent Reed and his team restore and reinstate a this beautiful Georgian staircase.

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Floor Restoration Project

See the stunning results of this Pine floor restoration.

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Repairing a stair tread

A stimulated demonstration on how you would repair a warn stair tread.

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Lifting a floorboard the correct way

How to lift a floorboards evenly using hand tools, to prevent damage.

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Behind the scenes in the King’s Drawing Room

Take a tour around the King's Drawing Room whilst Vincent and his team restore the wood panelling.

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Airlock in the King’s Drawing Room

Vincent demonstrates how the airlock to the King's drawing room is constructed and works.

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Removing a panel at Kensington Palace

Witness the removal of these ginormous panels and see how they look from behind.

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Vincent Reed Groombridge Place Restoration BBC South East Today

News coverage on Vincent Reed's highly skilled restoration of Groombridge Place, a project commissioned by English Heritage.

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