The two pieces that we kept were an oak stationary cabinet with a broken door and a turned mixed wood fruit bowl. Both items were pretty dirty and unkempt so Lynne asked me to repair and clean them for her. We hadn't realised when we acquired the cabinet that it was an apprenticeship piece that he'd made when he was sixteen in the early 1940's. We found his original technical design drawings which had the cutting list and prices attached. The bowl was one of many that he had made both for his own home and also as presents for friends and family.
After cleaning, repairing and varnishing the pieces I made a few photos of them. As tribute to my father in law I converted them all to monochrome. I hope he'd approve.
I had to take the varnish back to bare wood on both items and I had to glue one of the doors together on the cabinet. The door had been broken for some time but he had been too unwell to fix it so the broken door had beeen stored in a cupboard. There is a big stain on top of the cabinet which I couldn't completely remove but Lynne said it gave the cabinet some character. I put the bowl over the stain for this shot.
|Cabinet and Bowl|
|Apples and Pears in the Fruit Bowl|