1 Curry & Hovis Restoration is located at 34 Westchester Avenue in Pound Ridge, New York.
2 Walking through the door, you enter a real workshop with many work stations and many works in progress.
3 David OShea, furniture restorer, has worked at Curry & Hovis for twenty-two years.
4 Carrying my mirror into the shop
5 David assessing the mirror and its damage
6 The frame has very pretty detail.
7 It's quite obvious that this decorative finial - perhaps a pinecone - is a replacement of the original.
8 David assured me that all damage could be repaired.
9 Eileen Curry is an expert gilder. I can't wait to see this mirror after restoration.
10 Curry & Hovis makes 18th century reproductions, like these lovely gilded English-style sconces. Their technique of distressing and gilding gives a centuries old appearance.
11 Reproduction mercury glass and hand finished brass hardware complete this handsome sconce.
12 Another reproduction is a Hitchcock-style children's settee - a beautifully done updated version of the New England classic.
13 Taking a look at some of the other mirrors in the shop for restoration.
14 My eye was drawn to this lovely painted card table. I was told that it is satinwood dating from 1890.
15 The table needs a lot of veneer repair to new damage and old repairs that were done incorrectly.
16 These are some molds of various shapes and designs that they make and keep for future use.
17 Clamps are used extensively in restoration.
18 Many varieties of wood are kept on hand to match up for repair purposes.
19 Another gorgeous piece of furniture, which reminded me of several pieces I have at Skylands.
20 A really nice old belt sander
21 There were even leather pigs in for restoration!
22 This yellow leather chair dates from the 18th century.
23 I was admiring the faded gilding.
24 You can see some of that gilding on this leg. This foot is called a ball and claw.
25 A really nice old rolled leather mallet for use to work on a really nice old chair.
26 David goes to work removing the upholstered seat from the chair.