Some time ago we (my wife & I) were kindly given an old chair by a very special relative. Unfortunately this chair was in a pretty sorry state and without rescue probably destined for the scrap heap. Despite concerns I was adamant that this tired piece of furniture could be restored to its former glory.
In a world where you could probably buy a set of four chairs (from a well known blue & yellow warehouse!) for what it would cost to restore, some people might ask why bother? I am a firm believe, however, that furniture can represent a physical keep sake or 'time capsule' in much the same way as a photograph. This chair has spent most of it's life in Anglesey, a place full of fond memories for both us and the wider family. After months of work and the help of some great local craftsmen (and women!), yesterday we took receipt of the finished product and saying we were pleased is an understatement!
Two local businesses that we have to give special thanks to are; Chissock Woodcraft and Curtainwise at Ladds Garden Centre in Hare Hatch, Berkshire. Both businesses are local independents and Chissock is also a Community Interest Group, offering opportunities to individuals recovering from drug or alcohol troubles. The finished chair speaks for itself and the workmanship & attention to detail is probably dare I say it better than the original!
The result is that we have given a new lease of life to a piece of our family history, and hopefully it will be with us for many years to come. So the next time you have a skip on the drive and are look for things to fill it; take a moment to think what things could become with a little work. As we found, these specialist craftsmen aren't easy to find but they are out there and thankfully keeping these special skills alive.