The Furniture Bible: Everything You Need to Know to Identify, Restore, and Care for Furniture

Christophe Pourny. Artisan, $35 (304p) ISBN 978-1-57965-535-8
Furniture restoration artisan Pourny, who restored George Washington’s desk, has written a thorough and practical guide for the furniture expert as well as for the novice restorer. Beginning his handbook with a short and richly illustrated discussion of furniture evolution and history, Pourny explains finishes, construction techniques, and the types of hardware used in each period. His description of finishes and finishing techniques is especially comprehensive. If you ever want to make your own shellac, the recipe is here. Other techniques—gilding, waxing, oiling, and painting—are also explained clearly and in detail. Pourny particularly recommends ceruse, a wax technique that is easy to do and offers beautiful results. He guides readers from professional to DIYers with tips on finding pieces worth restoration, suggesting sources from flea markets to high-end galleries depending on budget. Once a piece of furniture is acquired, Pourny explains how to assess damage, make repairs, and complete a final finish. A strong section on furniture care and cleaning argues that using the right methods will prolong the life of furniture. This guide will find a wide audience among those who simply want to learn about and appreciate good furniture, as well as those who are more hands-on. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 10/06/2014
Release date: 11/01/2014
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