Profession furniture restorer

Furniture restorers analyse materials and techniques in order to assess the state of an old piece of furniture and to identify and classify it according to art and cultural history. They use old or modern tools and techniques to restore the piece and give advice to customers as to the restoration, conservation and maintenance of such objects.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional
  • Realistic / Artistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Types of wood

    Types of wood, such as birch, pine, poplar, mahogany, maple and tulipwood.

  • Conservation techniques

    The procedures, instruments, techniques, materials and chemicals used in conservation and archiving.

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Art history

    The history of art and artists, the artistic trends throughout centuries and their contemporary evolutions.

Skills

  • Assess conservation needs

    Assess and list the needs for conservation/restoration, in relation to current use and planned future use.

  • Create smooth wood surface

    Shave, plane and sand wood manually or automatically to produce a smooth surface.

  • Sand wood

    Use sanding machines or hand tools to remove paint or other substances from the surface of the wood, or to smoothen and finish the wood.

  • Estimate restoration costs

    Estimate the cost implications of restoring and replacing products or parts.

  • Apply restoration techniques

    Select and apply appropriate restoration techniques in order to achieve the required restoration goals. This encompasses preventive measures, remedial measures, restoration processes and management processes.

  • Apply a protective layer

    Apply a layer of protective solutions such as permethrine to protect the product from damage such as corrosion, fire or parasites, using a spray gun or paintbrush.

  • Do historical research

    Use scientific methods to research history and culture.

  • Evaluate restoration procedures

    Evaluate the outcome of conservation and restoration procedures. Evaluate the degree of risk, success of treatment or activity and communicate the results.

  • Create wood joints

    Use the proper tools and processes to create the joints where multiple pieces of wood fit together.

  • Select restoration activities

    Determine restoration needs and requirements and plan the activities. Consider the desired results, the level of intervention required, evaluation of alternatives, constraints on actions, stakeholder demands, possible risks and future options.

  • Join wood elements

    Bind wooden materials together using a variety of techniques and materials. Determine the optimal technique to join the elements, like stapling, nail, gluing or screwing. Determine the correct work order and make the joint.

  • Provide conservation advice

    Formulating guidelines for object care, preservation and maintenance, and providing professional advice on possible restoration work to be done.

  • Document restoration

    Record the type and state of the object to be restored as well as the restoration processes applied by means of pictures, drawings and written accounts.

  • Operate wood sawing equipment

    Operate various machinery and equipment to cut wood in different sizes and shapes.

Optional knowledge and skills

sell furniture produce customised tools engrave patterns carve materials produce copies of valuable objects repair furniture parts artificially age furniture use environmental friendly materials engraving technologies prepare furniture for application of paint document museum collection handle delivery of furniture goods specialise in an area of history clean furniture paint decorative designs use authentic crafting techniques contextualise artistic work fix minor scratches decorate furniture sell household goods furniture industry